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STONY CREEK -- Stanley E. Ross, 66, of Murray Road, Stony Creek, passed away Monday morning, April 29, 2013, at Glens Falls Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer, with his family by his side.

Born Oct. 5, 1946, he was the son of the late Francis and Janette (Gill) Ross of Stony Creek. A lifelong resident of Stony Creek, Stan graduated from Hadley Luzerne Central School in 1965. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country in Southeast Asia. His job in the Air Force was with security police and he was always accompanied by his guard dog during his tour of duty to protect the Air Force base. He was honorably discharged in 1969.

On Feb. 12, 1977, he married the love of his life, Shirley J. Van Auken, and so began their journey together.

Stanley worked as a millwright for International Paper Co. in Corinth for more than 37 years. After the paper mill closed, Stan worked as a carpenter for Burley Construction. In 2005, Stan began working as an EMT for Luzerne Hadley Emergency Squad and continued until his cancer diagnosis in 2012. Stan devoted his life to his passion of helping others. He was a volunteer with Stony Creek Ambulance Squad, as well as Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department, for which he served as fire chief from 1981 to 2012, with the exception of one term. He was a longtime member of the NRA and served on the Stony Creek Town Board.

Stan touched so many people with his compassion and eagerness to help others and will be missed by everyone who had the honor of being a part of his life. He is most cherished by his surviving family, which includes his wife of 36 years, Shirley Ross; their three children, Kylie Ross, Neil Bradley and his fiancée, Jenna, and Bridget Bradley and her husband, Scott; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Bryce, Deven, Jacob, Hayley, Madison and Jeremy; two of the finest sisters, Susan Williamson and her husband, Willie, and Kathy Thomas and her husband, Lowell; his special niece, Shelly Ross, and other several nieces and nephews; uncles and aunts, whom include Howard Winslow, Charlotte Merrill, Agnus Liebl and Marion Gill; numerous cousins; as well as countless friends.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Brewer Funeral Home Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 2, 2013, with a celebration of his life following at Lake Luzerne Fire House.

Contributions in Stanley’s memory may be directed to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.

To express your condolences to Stanley’s family, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.

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