REES, Stanley Dowden Jr.
Passed away surrounded by the love of his family on February 29, 2016 at the age of 84. Survived by his loving wife Donna of 59 years, two daughters: Kathleen Ann (Gregory) Schaad of Kelowna, Deb (Al) Liebholz of South Surrey; grandchildren: Jennifer (Jordan) Davies, Ryan (Harmony) Schaad, Jordan Schaad (Catherine Brown), Brett Schaad (Makayla Randall) Taryn Liebholz (Gregor Morrison); great grandchildren Cadence and Asher Davies; brothers Kenneth Rees of New City, NY, Clyde (Deborah) Rees of Charlotte, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in The Bronx, New York, Stan was the third of four sons, born to Elsie and Stanley Rees Sr. He was drafted in to the army on February 14, 1952 and served as a corporal in the US Army while stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington State.
Family friends introduced Stan to the Hardy family of Vancouver. Upon meeting them, he spent many of his weekend leaves with the family. After leaving the army Stan and Donna were married on September 1, 1956. They made their home in Vancouver where Stan studied Commerce at the University of British Columbia. They formed a life together in North Vancouver where both of their daughters were born. In July 1970, they transferred to Kelowna where Stan worked for Home Oil as a territory Rep. He then went on to become a successful independent businessman in Kelowna and West Kelowna for many years. Stan was a proud and devoted Rotarian, receiving several Paul Harris awards. He loved to garden and was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. He was an amazing story teller and loved to entertain. Stan’s proudest accomplishment was his family. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Koss and the staff of the Village at Mill Creek for their extraordinary care.
To celebrate Stan’s American heritage please wear red, white and blue to his memorial service on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or Rotary International c/o the Capri Rotary Club – Kelowna, BC. 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.”
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 am
Springfield Funeral Home
The service for REES, Stanley Dowden Jr. is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.