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DONER, Stanley Guy

Our father, Stan Doner passed away at Vernon Jubilee hospital peacefully with his family at his side on March 21, 2013 at the age of 86.

Stan was born in Cranbrook in 1926 to Elmer and Edith Doner.  He had a brother Archie and sister Dorothy.  They lived briefly in Nelson and then transferred to Penticton which he considered his home town.  He graduated there in 1944.

At 17 he joined the Navy.  He spent 2 years on a Corvette, the HMCS Saskatoon, as the torpedo man.  He was also in charge of low voltage maintenance as well as depth charger throwers.  He often recalled the North Sea’s storms as something to be afraid of.

He married Margery Anne Selvage (McLellan) in May 1950.  She had 2 children, Anne and James (Jim). Stan and Marge raised 6 kids: Anne and Jim, then added Archie, Alan and Perry and a daughter (Mary Lynn) who died in infancy.  Marge died in 1992 leaving a large hole in all of our lives.  They had 9 grandchildren.  Our father felt this was a very happy family.

After the war Stan went to work for Okanagan Telephone (which was later acquired by BC Telephone) until 1984. He was a pioneer in the industry and enjoyed helping implement all the breaking technologies.  As a ‘combination man’ and wire chief he did various jobs from tower and pole maintenance to work in the switch rooms.  He always enjoyed the work.  He especially enjoyed the people he worked with.  Stan spent 37 years there until his retirement in 1986.

He was very active in the Legion in Penticton and Vernon.

In 1975 he launched a concrete houseboat (The Cathouse) that he built in the back yard with the help of his family.  We enjoyed it greatly.  I’m sure dad was worried about the kids disappearing on it for weeks on end but we all came back alive and happy.

In 2002 Stan united with Joan Schroeder and they became soul mates.  They worked on mastering computer programs and gardening as hobbies.  They also loved to travel.

Stan loved golf.  He always felt he wasn’t that good but he enjoyed the time he spent with friends.  He had a great sense of humour.  He always tried to be fair and was the first to offer help.  He was the quickest to hold a door or help carry a package.

All in all, Stan was a great guy who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

Our father asked that no formal celebration in his honour be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Alzheimer Society.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Our father asked that no formal celebration in his honour be held.

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  • Lynda & Ken Olsen says:

    So sorry to all of you for your loss, I loved the photo of him, that’s how I remember him. Love to all of you from both of us

  • Pat & Tony Michael says:

    To all the family we would like to convey our deepest sympathy , Stan was a great guy and a very good friend over many years we had some great times and left us many happy memories. Yes Lynda & Ken that is a great picture of Stan as we remember him too ……..love to you all .Pat &Tony

  • Dan and Frances Mugridge says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Stan. I had the good fortune to work many years with Stan and always enjoyed sharing an after hours drink with him. Stan welcomed me into management with Okanagan Tel and was always there if I needed a bit of guidance. Enjoy your rest Stan and we offer our condolences to your family.

    Sincerely Dan and Frances Mugridge

  • Sandy McMurray (Hubbard) says:

    I was sad to read about the passing of your dad. He worked at OK Tel and then BC Tel and socialized many years with my Mom and Dad (Bernie and Colleen Hubbard) I remember his laugh and his smile. My heart goes out to you. May all your memories be happy ones.

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