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STANWELL, Alan Henry

February 4, 1923 – Purley, Surrey, England
January 6, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Alan Stanwell, beloved husband of Mary Stanwell (nee Mowbray) of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Alan was born in England in 1923 where he spent a normal childhood growing up in Surrey with his brother Michael and sister Patricia. He attended secondary school where he was introduced to the Headmaster’s daughter, Mary who was known to be a bit of a tease, and they became friends. At the start of WW II Alan volunteered but was too young to join up so he was placed on a waiting list. A few months later he was enlisted and sent overseas with the RAF. At the end of the war he returned to England and picked up where he had left off. Alan and Mary were married January 31, 1948.

During the next decade they had two sons, Anthony and Laurence. Alan worked for the Heinz Company in sales and then moved to Cornwall where they owned and operated a guest house. Alan loved to sail so Cornwall was the place to be.

In 1967, following their life-long friends Glynn and Eileen Morrey-Jones, Alan and the family immigrated to Calgary, Canada. Alan worked as an accountant and office manager for several companies, dabbled in real-estate and owned a small sharpening business. Alan was always described by his co-workers as committed, hardworking and dedicated. This is how he was with family andfriends. Alan would never say “no” – he would always help when asked and it didn’t matter who was asking.

As well as his family and friends, his biggest love was for his pets, in particular the dogs – and there were many! He would worry about them, as much as his children. They were walked, fed and always had a lap to curl up on… he loved his dogs.

Alan will be remembered by all as a handsome English gentleman with a contagious smile.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-six years, Alan is survived by his sons, Anthony (Tony) Stanwell of France and Laurence Stanwell of Calgary and their families. He was predeceased by his brother Michael and his sister Patricia.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Alan Stanwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Jane and Steven Law :

    I will always remember Uncle Alan as a big tease growing up with a big smile and he was a gentle gentleman. Along with my parents we spent many holidays together and the fondest memory would be at Christmas time when we would play walnuts – he was not always a gentleman playing that game!
    He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

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  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Alan when we both worked for a paper company about 30 years ago (yikes!). Alan charmed me from day one and he and Mary became lifelong friends. He sincerely saw the best in people. Dogs were a passion, he was a brutal card player and he LOVED cars! He had a willingness and desire to help others that was unequalled. A quick smile, quick wit and being quick to chat up the ladies all added to his charm. Alan was truly a gentleman but could have a good laugh at a naughty joke. He so loved his Mary. His world was off kilter if she was away. I’m so very thankful to have known Alan and to have shared a small part in the wonderful life that Alan and Mary enjoyed. I count it a true blessing to have counted Alan as a friend and am having a difficult time imagining a world without this charming, wonderfully kind, loyal friend. My prayers are with Mary, the family and the many, many friends who mourn his loss.

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  3. My heartfelt condolences to Mary, Tony and Laurence. It was truly an honour to have known Alan and many fond memories that will be in my heart forever. Alan was a gentle, kind and considerate person who will be missed by all who knew him and his furry little friends will be waiting with their toys in heaven. Love you and miss you “Grampa”.

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  4. Sylvia Brinckman :

    My condolences Mary and family. I will always remember Alan as a lovely gentleman with a wonderful smile!

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  5. Chris and Lance Anderson :

    Hello Mary, Laurence and Tony. I just want to tell you how sad I am to hear that your wonderful husband/dad has passed away. I will never forget all the laughs my mom and dad (Ardis & Dave Clark) had with him. Your dad was so kind and easy to be with; always a nice word or a goofy joke were shared by him. I always felt better just being around his generous soul. He was simply one of the best. xo

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  6. Les & Bea Hamilton :

    To the Family;

    As neighbours on Canyon Drive for 32 years, we enjoyed The Stanwells as great neighbours and friends. Bea & I wish to offer Mary and the family our most sincere condolences in the passing of Alan. There are few of our old associates left, so sad.

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  7. Bev and Austin Ball :

    We had the pleasure of meeting Alan and Mary through my sister, Nancy Bourne. We live in Victoria and Nancy lived in Calgary and spoke very fondly of a co-worker and his wife. When she introduced us it was like visiting family we hadn’t seen in a long while. Alan had a wonderful sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. We enjoyed our card games with them and our shared passion of Coronation Steet…always a great conversation on the current story lines of Corrie. We feel truly blessed to have known such a fine man and our deepest sympathy to you, Mary, and your family.

    -Bev and Austin

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  8. Dear Mary and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. I worked with Alan back in the 80’s and he was a true gentleman, with a huge heart. I hope the fond memories of him will help you through this difficult time.

    God bless you Alan
    Love Tina and Sarah Scott

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  9. Brenda Maguire :

    I had the pleasure of knowing Alan (and Mary) for many years- my condolences to go out to Mary and family. It’s a very sad time – but remember the good times.

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  10. Fiorina Esposito :

    I have such great memories of Alan, seeing him regularly for he resided next door to where I had grown up. Always making time to chat, sharing a lovely smile, spreading joy. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the family at this time.

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  11. David and Gwyneth Parker :

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Alan. A thoughtful and caring man, it was a blessing to have known him through our friends Glynn and Eileen so many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary, Laurence and Tony and their families during their time of grieving.

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