Stanley James McArthur passed away in Calgary on November 6, 2018 with Betty, his beloved wife, and Wally Weist, his best friend and brother-in-law, by his side. He was 84 years old. Stan was born in Spirit River, AB on May 24, 1934, and was raised on the family farm at White Mountain with his parents and five siblings Marion, Melba, Donnie, Jessie and Jean.
He got his first job off the farm in 1959 when he went to Evansburg to work as a fieldman in the Department of Agriculture for the provincial government. In 1960 Stan and Betty got married and she joined him in Evansburg. In 1968 he was invited by the Seed Division of United Grain Growers Ltd to move to Grande Prairie to buy fescue & other grass seeds from farmers throughout the Peace River country including a portion in BC.
Stan and Betty were thrilled to be moving back home where they were closer to family. They loved Grande Prairie, were actively involved in the church, schools and community and remained there to raise their children, Donna and Dwayne.
As well, they purchased a half section of land in Blueberry Mountain which Stan farmed on weekends as well as continuing with UGG.
In 1986 Stan was transferred to the UGG head office in Calgary as head of public relations for Alberta and part of BC and SK. The move coincided with them becoming “empty nesters” so the two of them chose to make Airdrie their home, where Stan resided until he passed.
Stan retired at the age of 58 and immediately learned how to cook Chinese food. He spent many hours chopping and wokking for his family!
He also used that time to do more of the fine woodwork he loved and was often found out in his shop when he wasn’t having a snooze.
Stan and Betty spent the past 14 winters enjoying the warmth of Arizona as snowbirds at Westwind RV & Golf Resort in Yuma. This experience was one of Stan’s highlights where he made friendships that deeply enriched his life. He golfed and danced to his heart’s content and may be remembered as the best joke teller in the park.
Stanley had a deep, abiding love for his family and this love will live on in our hearts. He has gone to join his loving parents, Arthur and Margery, his brother Donnie and sister Jessie Jackson. His brothers in law Melvyn Jackson, Arnold Peacock and John Shofner as well as Betty’s parents Jim & Anne Graham, sister in law Wynn Weist and brothers in law Rod Graham, Alex Graham, Ken Ferguson and nephew in law Marc Richard.
Besides Betty, his beloved wife of 58 years, Stan will be dearly missed by his daughter Donna McArthur, son-in-law John Swallow and grandsons Matthew and Jake Swallow of Invermere BC; his son Dwayne McArthur, partner Christean Konashuk and grandaughter Cati McArthur of Spruceview, AB; his sisters Melba Peacock, Marion Shofner & Jean Yanishewski (Dan). Sisters-in-law Norma Ferguson, Janet Winsnes (Dale), Peggy Charlton (Ken), Heather Graham, Barb Buck and his brother in law Wally Weist, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Stan had a contagious love of life, people and animals. He thrived in the field or garden and was happiest when he was with his grandchildren or dancing.
A celebration of Stan’s life was held November 12, 2pm at Airdrie United Church.
Heather Graham organized a gathering of Stan’s friends in Yuma at Stan and Betty’s trailer for the same time as the Celebration of Life was being held in Airdrie.
The Honourary Pallbearers were Stan’s grandchildren Cati, Matt and Jake.
Following cremation Stan’s interment will take place in the Blueberry Mountain cemetery at a later date.