Stanley Alexander “Stan” Blabey

    • Stanley Alexander “Stan” Blabey
    • RCE Badge circa 1937-1952

    We regret to advise of the death of Stanley Alexander “Stan” Blabey of Rosedale, BC on 26 December 2006 at the age of 92 years.

    Stan was born in Hanley, SK and grew up on the family farm in Manitoba.  In 1941, when he was 27, he joined the Army in Ontario and after basic training was sent to Chilliwack as a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers.  During training, he was seriously injured in a demolition accident but had recovered enough by 1944 that he joined the 16th Field Company, RCE in England just before the Normandy invasion.  Stan landed on D-Day and fought with his unit for two months before sustaining a back injury during a bridge build.  He recuperated in England for several months and was then shipped back to Canada. 

    After the war, Stan worked as a milk tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association in Chilliwack.  Stan returned to school in 1958 at the age of 44 and completed Grade IX through to his BA by the time he was 50 years old.  He spent the balance of his working years as accountant/treasurer and teacher at Kingsway College in Oshawa, ON. Though Stan was born a hundred miles from the nearest tree, he spent his last years back in the beautiful Fraser Valley surrounded by his own massive maples and spruces.

    A Funeral Service will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on 2 January at 10:00 a.m. with interment in the Chilliwack Cemeteries. {dcmar17gd}[zpp]