Stanley Birchall Green
1919 ~ 2003
Stanley passed peacefully away at St. Joseph’s General Hospital on September 27th, 2003 after losing a courageous battle to cancer.
He leaves to mourn, his wife of nearly 59 years, Mary (Betty) of Comox, son Stephen of Victoria, one brother William F. of Maple Ridge, numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Stanley was born at Birchall in Chorley, England and moved as a very young child, with his family, to West Vancouver. After graduation he joined the Canadian Pacific Empress Liners in the passenger service between Vancouver and the Orient as a “Boy Seaman”. He continued to serve in those ships in the Far East and the Pacific during World War II, when they became troop carriers, as a Merchant Seaman and rose through the ranks to reach the position of Senior Deck Officer.
After the war he served in a number of passenger and freight vessels in the foreign trade and along the British Columbia coast.
In 1954 he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Services and for the next 21 years he was master of a number of patrol vessels until he retired to pension from the RCMP in 1975.
That same year he joined the BC Ministry of Transportation & Highways Ferry Service as a senior deck officer and served on several vessels. When this service was absorbed by the British Columbia Ferries he was appointed First Officer/Relieving Master on the Comox/Powell River Ferry and served there until he reached retirement age in 1984.
As a youth Stanley had been a member of The Kitsilano Boys Band and after retirement he returned to music as a member of the Comox District Concert Band. Until recently his leisure time was taken up with the band and golfing.
A Memorial Service will be held for Stanley on Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 at 2:00 PM, St. John The Devine Anglican Church, 579 – 5th Street, Courtenay with Rev. Eric Blackstock officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Comox Hospice Society.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Comox Valley Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC.