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CRAIGAN – Stanley (Stan)

September 17, 1930 – October 3, 2009

With grieving hearts the family of Stanley Craigan announce his sudden passing, after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the age of 79 years. He will be forever cherished by Helen, his beloved wife and best friend of 52 years. He leaves behind his loving and devoted daughter Carolyn Ingham, her husband Stace and his much loved grandchildren, Hannah and Quinn.

Stan was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, on September 17, 1930. He was a City of Calgary Police Officer for over 30 years and received the chief’s commendation for Diligent & Sustained Effort. Stan also graduated from SAIT with a major in Business Administration and Accounting. He applied this education to his years as Detective for the Commercial Crime Unit. Stan also served on the Board of Elders of Central United Church for many years. Stan was passionate about his garden, tending to his geraniums and tomatoes which he happily puttered about in the spring, summer and fall months. He also demonstrated a love for animals and birds, creating a haven in his garden with bird houses, feeders and baths. Stan enjoyed extending his hand while a nuthatch or chickadee gently picked the seeds from him. Favourite past times with his wife were to play Scrabble and Crib. They always enjoyed the wonders of nature together and shared many wonderful memories. For many years Stan, Helen and Carolyn cycled through Fish Creek Park. Stan will always be remembered for his courage, strength, loyalty and devotion to his family.

Stan is survived by his brother George Craigan (Joan) nephew Allan and niece Colleen (Todd) McDonald; sister Elizabeth McClelland (Matt – deceased 2001), niece Patricia (Paul) and nephew James (Maria); brother Bill Craigan (Isa) and nephew William Stanley (Eileen) of Northern Ireland. Stan was predeceased by his parents Maggie and John.

At Stan’s request there will be no formal funeral. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following, Calgary Humane Society, (SPCA), Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society, Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. His family would like to give special thanks to the Palliative Care staff of the Alberta Health Region for their guidance, compassion and help.

In living memory of Stanley Craigan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Helen & Family – you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    You & I worked at the Treasury Branch on 8th & Centre years ago.
    I so remember when the two of you came down to my Dad’s farm at branding time south of Nanton. They then went across the creek & branded my uncle’s cattle as well.
    We teased Stan that when he went to work they would wonder what happened to him, as he had numerous bruises. Pat.

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  2. Garfield Anderson

    Dear Helen

    I was just stunned when I read Eileen Brown’s e-mail telling me that Stan had passed away. I then looked up the obituaries in the Calgary Herald where I read the beautiful words that were put together to describe the essence of Stan. It’s such a wonderful picture of Stan that depicts his beautiful inner spirit.

    You and Carolyn and her family will miss him terribly. The void will always be there and I know at times how difficult it is to force oneself to remember the good times.

    It seems like only yesterday and not a year ago that I saw both of you at the reception for Doris. I so appreciated the presence of both you and thank you for your wonderful words about Doris.

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and I will be thinking of you.

    I’m sure we’ll be in touch through Eileen in the coming weeks.


    Garfield Anderson

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  3. Helen, I am so sorry for your loss, Stan was an inspiration to me when I first joined Commercial Crime, his dedication to his work was always secondry to his love for his family.
    It’s been years since I’ve seen Stan but I will always remember his incredible wit and very dry sense of humour. My deepest condolences to you and Carolyn.
    Michael Dungey

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  4. Marguerite Edmonds

    Helen, my sincere condolences to you and all the family.
    Stanley’s obituary has stirred up memories. My maiden name was Rankin and my mother’s maiden name was Hamilton (Winnie).
    I remember visits from Beth and Aunt Madge at our family home in Winnipeg.


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  5. Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you often and wish we were together again to share a smile and friendship. My thoughts are with you.

    Cindy Karpiak (from Mount Royal College – Continuing Education)

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