It is with sadness that we announce the death of our father Stanley Albert Woodhall on February 23, 2021 at the age of 93. Born in Montréal, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1948-78. He worked in Safety Systems retiring as Warrant Officer. In retirement he made French Creek his home.
Stan was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years Elaine, son Gregory, sister Estelle (Marcel Noël), and loving companion, Helen Waddell. He is survived by his children: Karen Woodhall (Richard Roquemore) Plymouth, MA; Carole Woodhall, Halifax, NS; Stephen Woodhall (Jiaping Zhang) Ottawa; granddaughter, Stephanie Woodhall, Ottawa; and sister Helene Woodhall (Philip Cowley), Ste. Anne des Lacs, QC. He will be missed by nieces and nephews of the Crossley and Noël families, and many friends.
Stan started off at Branch 49 of the Royal Canadian Legion Parksville, but found his way to Branch 76 Qualicum Beach. He served in the Colour Guard carrying the legion flag at public events. He participated in numerous Poppy Campaigns. His behind the scenes work did not go unnoticed as he was awarded Lifetime Member in 2007 for his dedicated work. His friends in Branch 76 were legion! The family thanks everyone for all their loving support of Stan through the years.
Stan was a long time member of 888 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association. He volunteered at the Qualicum Beach Seniors Activity Centre. You could find Stan every Friday in the kitchen since the early 2000s.
Stan was involved in the Catholic Church of the Ascension, an important spiritual part of his life.
Stan was a stamp collector, avid fisherman, tied his own flies and brewed beer. He loved jazz and was a great fan of live performance. In his later years, he took up gardening, wine making and travel. One could always find Stan in the middle of a crossword or jigsaw puzzle. He was a natty dresser and trim in appearance. Stan was a man of few words, but he always had a couple of zingers at the ready. Stan was fiercely independent, lived on his own terms, and was a burden to no one.
Thank you to all who offered kindness in the way of calling, providing meals and drives when Stan’s social world shrank during the pandemic, and when his health became more fragile.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. A funeral mass will be held and live-streamed at Christ the King Parish, Courtenay, March 30, 1:00 pm.