October 1, 1917 – June 23, 2014
With loving memory and great sadness, our family announces the passing of our dear Michael at the age of 96 years on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary. Michael passed away peacefully with his family at his side.
Michael Stuart Stanton was born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England on October 1, 1917, and immigrated to Canada in 1919 with his parents. He attended the University of Manitoba receiving a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Geology in 1939 and Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, receiving a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering in 1941. He served as a navigator with the RCAF during the Second World War from 1943 to 1945, and married his life-long companion, and best friend, Ellie, in 1945. Mike and Ellie were married for over 62 years until Ellie passed away in 2007. Mike has been greeted by his dear Ellie and his loving parents Elizabeth and Peter.
In his early career, Mike worked as a geologist, pioneering field work, mapping and mining geology in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and the Arctic. During these years Mike worked with the Geological Survey of Canada, the Manitoba Mine’s Branch and the Hudson’s Bay Mining and Smelting Company (Flin Flon, Manitoba). Mike continued his career as a petroleum geologist with Chevron Standard (California Standard) in Calgary for over 33 years, from 1949 until he retired in 1982 at the age of 65 years. Mike was an accomplished and respected Geologist. He is credited with many professional papers, scientific articles, reports, publications and discoveries. His very active and inquiring mind did not dim with age. He was writing scientific articles well into his mid 80’s, several of which were picked up for publication in both Canada and the United States. Mike was a proud and lifetime member of APEGA, the CSPG and the AAPG.
Mike enjoyed engaging in political and controversial discussions. These discussions, and at times debates, were interesting, motivating and sometimes frustrating, as Mike seemed to have pertinent facts readily available at his fingertips to support his arguments. As a hobby, before his eyesight started to deteriorate, he wrote many politically motivated articles and letters to the editor, published in the Calgary Herald, which were always interesting, informative and thought-provoking.
Mike liked to travel and explore new places around the world, in search of knowledge, history, archeology and the local lifestyle. He travelled extensively, throughout 46 diverse countries around the world, and his experiences in these countries were far-reaching and well researched.
Mike and Ellie enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hike throughout the mountains and alpine meadows of Alberta and B.C., searching for all species of wildflowers. For over 40 years they would search for and find a wide range of wildflowers, both rare and common, then meticulously photograph, identify and document them. Their personal collection of wildflower photographs is extensive and professional, and would rival any published book on the subject.
Mike’s family remembers with fondness the many happy memories of enjoyable gatherings shared over the years – all hosted with an abundance of love, caring and affection. Mike enjoyed curling, and golfing with his family and friends. Mike was an avid photographer and he took great pleasure in learning about and studying all subjects. Mike continuously added to his vast wealth of knowledge, which he graciously shared with everyone throughout his long and colourful life.
Mike, at heart, was a scientist. He is defined by his strength of character, his integrity, his sense of humour, and his conviction and commitment to his family, his career, and his research. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and will be cherished, affectionately remembered, and missed dearly by those that knew him.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter, sons, and daughter’s-in-law, Peter (Tanya), Patricia Thomson, Michael (Carrie) and Robert (Cynthia); his seven grandchildren, Kelty Thomson (Darren), Sean Thomson (Lisa), Tamara Gogol (Darren), Carly, Mark (Michelle), Alexis, Kyle (Nicole); and by his six great-grandchildren, Grace and Sarah, Mikayla, Brookelyn and Jersey Grace, and Xavier.
“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground”
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff at the Colonel Belcher Care Facility and the Foothills Medical Centre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mike’s memory can be made directly to Rockyview Wildlife Recovery (Box 68, Madden, AB T0M 1L0) 403-946-2361.
In living memory of Michael Stanton and his love of the outdoors, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences