Stanford M. Maley quietly passed on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, at the age of 90. He was a Parishioner of St. Luke’s Church in Boardman. Stan was born on April 1, 1928, in Coitsville, Ohio, to the parents of John and Katherine Maley.
Stan was a student athlete and a 1947 graduate from Springfield High School. Whether you called him Stan, Stanford, Mickey, Big Stan or Stan the Man – one thing the yearbook sure got right was his senior caption, which read, “One in a million!”
In 1947, Stan was employed at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, J&L and LTV Steel as a Foreman in the Coke Plant for 35 years. His whole life surrounded around the steel mills. He reminisced and spoke, until his last days, of the bonds and friendships he had formed during his employment.
Ironically, the same doors he walked out of the day he retired, he was asked to return to with a different task. Sadly, the steel mills were closing. Because of his vast knowledge of the infrastructure of the mill, he was hired to assist with the process of asbestos removal prior to the disassembling of the mills, locally, and in Aliquippa and Cleveland.
Stan was also involved in approving the transfer of the historical artifacts and memories from the local mills, to the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, which was sentimental to both him and to our Mahoning Valley. When he toured the museum later in life with his daughter, Dena, no words were needed to express the deep emotions he felt that day….
Being an avid outdoorsman, Stan enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing in Canada for Big Oscar! He was especially passionate and sentimental about hunting deer on Squaw Hill, in Pennsylvania, with all of his many hunting buddies over the years and reminiscing. Stan later enjoyed the same hunting spot with his children and grandchildren – and especially his drives to Mount Vernon with Lionel for the many cherished memories, bonding with his family hunting, and the holidays shared at Jeff and Terri’s home.
Everyone will always remember Stan’s laughter when playing games of Spoons and Uno! As far as Christmas at Dena and Lionel’s, dad always had to have the biggest pile of gifts, and each package had to be opened one at a time -- and in the order of age!
For anyone who knew him, to say that Stan was a sports enthusiast was an understatement! He loved all sports, but baseball was, by far, his passion! Despite his Ohio roots, Stan was a loyal Yankees fan – and Mickey Mantle was the best player ever! (But have no doubt that Stan will still be watching and smiling, from the upper deck, if the Indians win the World Series!)
In his younger parenting years, he coached his sons, Tom and Jeff, in Little League Baseball; and later in life, he proudly enjoyed watching his children play high school sports and through college. Stan was always his sons’ number one fan – and to say he was proud of them was an understatement!
As far as watching his grandchildren, everyone knew it was Papa Stan at the games, cheering “Go Jeremiah” from the sidelines! Special thanks to the Canfield parents, who made it possible for Stan and Helen to see the grandchildren play when walking to the fields and fieldhouse became extremely difficult. Helen wants to personally thank all of the loving, patient and kind parents and players that assisted them. They made Stan and her feel important, valuable and loved.
Big Stan was a gambling enthusiast who loved handicapping the horses at the race track with his son, Tom. He always enjoyed spending his time at the casino and looked forward to trips with his wife, Helen, and their good friends, Bill and Jan, in Tunica. They also cherished their trips, with family, to Las Vegas! Your gambling pals hope there are casinos in heaven, Stan! We will all sure miss hearing your voice answering the phone, “Let it ride!”
There is peace in knowing that Stan is now with his family, friends – and all of his hunting and fishing buddies! We know they are thrilled to be together again! There are too many to mention – Krill and Danny are still here and faithful, in his final days, and we thank you.
The world was changed forever for having you in it, Stan the Man! You were loved by all of your family and friends, who will definitely “see you on the mountain” when we are all together again! Your sisters, Marie and Chicken, said they know mom is smiling in heaven because Mickey was always her favorite!
Stan is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen Peters Maley, along with their two sons, Tom Maley of Indiana; Jeff (Terri ) Maley of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and daughter, Dena (Lionel) Crissman of Canfield. Special thanks to mom for your constant and loyal care of dad -- and for making it possible for him to be with us years longer to make all of our precious and “cherished” memories….
Stan is survived by his two sisters – Marie (Richard) Jackson and Dorothy “Chicken” Maley of New Springfield. Stan and Helen have 9 grandchildren – Marc, Michael, Adam (Trish) Maley of Indiana, Cori Maley of Maryland, Abbie Maley of California; Matthew Maley of Michigan, Becky (Josh) Brigham of Sunbury, Ohio; and Colton and Brooke Crissman of Canfield. They also have 11 great-grandchildren: Peyton Maley, Kyle, Halle and Malori Cornelius; Sydney and Luke Maley; Brant, Mason and Jaxon Maley of Indiana; and Gabrielle and Pierce Brigham of Sunbury.
Special thanks to Dr. Ricciardi, and all of Stan’s specialists -- the Cleveland Clinic, Hope Center, Mercy Health/Boardman and Woodlands at Hampton Woods and Home Health Care for the excellent care given to Stan over the years. A special thank you to Crossroads Hospice in his final days. Your kindness and compassion to both Stan and our family was priceless.
Because of his love of the game and Little League, please make material donations, in Stan Maley’s name, to the Canfield Baseball Club, P.O. Box 508, Canfield, Ohio, 44406.
Due to his wishes, there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life Service will be held, for the dear family and friends of Stan Maley, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 pm. Please come join us for a casual reception at Pioneer Pavillion in Mill Creek Park — and please bring your best memory and/or story to share as we reminisce and celebrate Stan’s unique self — and his life! Mill Creek Park-Pioneer Pavilion, 870-874 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44511.
Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc. Send condolences by visiting www.cremateohio.com.