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Stanley Matthew DELUCE

DELUCE, Stanley Matthew - July 20th, 1923- January 27th, 2010 - Stanley Matthew Deluce passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario after a short illness. Stanley (Stan) was born July 20th, 1923 in Chapleau, Ontario. He is pre- deceased by Angela, his loving wife of 59 years, his parents John and Elizabeth Deluce, his brother-in-law Bob Spadoni and his grandchildren Sarah Jane and Matthew Joseph . Stan is survived by his children; William (Ann), Robert (Catherine), Terrence (Holly), Marie Marshall, Joseph (Lisa), Jim (Sharon), Gwendolyn (Randall Pineault), Bruce (Flora), Bernard (Karen). He will also be fondly remembered by his 30 grandchildren; Aynsley (Matthew), Dana (David), Lindsey, Andrew, Justine, Jason (Daniela), Brian (Skye), Michael (Laila), David (Niccole), Jordon, Aimee, Andrea, Angela, Daniel, Jasna, Caroline, Justin, Barbara, Mallory, Tanya, Ronald, Marie, Katrina, Simon, Stanley, Chris, Samantha, Jonathon, Jessica, Alex; his 5 great- grandchildren (Ayden, Austin, Isabelle, Devon and Tavion); his brothers Russell (Anita) and Gerald (Lucille) and sister-in- law Ruth Spadoni and also his many nieces and nephews. During WWII Stan served in Squadron 126 as a Flight Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war Stan returned to Chapleau, Ontario, to resume his position as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway, a position he held until 1976. In 1947 Stan married Angela (Spadoni) and soon after started a family while continuing to reside in Chapleau. Having bought a Fleet Canuck aircraft in 1949, he soon realized that he could combine his love of flying with his love of hunting and fishing and along with Angela, he started a new business, White River Air Services, after having relocated their growing household to White River. Stan and Angela were the driving force behind this small bush flying operation, that would eventually grow from a northern based charter company into a large regional airline that would partner with and ultimately be bought out by Air Canada. Stan oversaw the growth of White River Air Services with its acquisition of Sault Airways, Kapuskasing Air Service, Austin Airways, Superior Airways, Air Manitoba, Air Ontario and the start up of both norOntair and Air Creebec. At one point in the mid 1970's after further relocating to Timmins, Stan's companies were doing charter and scheduled operations all over North America and were supplying planes, pilots and services to places as far away as Denmark, France (Reunion Island), Tunisia and Nepal. In addition to serving on the Civil Aviation Tribunal, Stan was a Director for the Air Transport Association of Canada and in 1988 he was made a Honorary Life Member of ATAC. The Rusty Blakey Heritage Aviation Group named Stan as their outstanding Aviation Pioneer for 1993. Most recently, after moving to London, Ontario in 1999, Stan was honored for his significant contribution to aviation in Canada by being inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. Stan will be long remembered by his extended family of friends, and his many former employees and acquaintances throughout the Canadian aviation industry. During the past 18 years, Stan spent the summer months on Manitoulin Island enjoying the company of family and friends on his fishing trawler “The Tookanee” while educating his many grandchildren on the finer points of salmon fishing. During the winter months his seasonal home in Stuart, Florida was always open and available to any and all snowbirds. Most of us will remember Stan for his sense of adventure, his love of life and his incredibly good humor, quite often at someone else's expense. He was a really good guy and a great Father. We will miss him dearly. Our sincere gratitude to Marilyn Revisa and to LeIla Honeker for their constant care and attention to our Father and to Sister Toni (Sheehan) for her lifelong friendship. Also a very special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Victoria Hospital and all those who cared for Dad over the past three weeks and who were always so kind and patient and understanding of his very large family. Friends and relatives will be received at the JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Saturday January 30th, 2010 from 1-4 p.m., and on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 from 1-4 p.m., and from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday February 1st at 11 a.m., at St. George Catholic Church, 1164 Commissioner's Road West (Byron) in London. Interment will follow immediately after in St. Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that a donation be made in Stan's name to the Critical Care Trauma Centre of the London Health Sciences Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Messages may be sent to 11811202
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Posted by Ken Collver (Former employee) On Friday, February 5, 2010
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the Deluce families. I was sorry to hear Stan had passed away. I appreciated the Deluce families. Especially Stan and Angela. They were kind to both me and my wife and I have not forgotten.
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Posted by Gene McCauley (friend) On Saturday, January 30, 2010
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Deluce family. So sorry we were unable to make it to the funeral. Stan was a great man and we will miss him. Sincerely, Gene and Joan McCauley and family.

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