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David Gould Stanley, Sr.

David Gould Stanley, Sr.

January 18, 1931 - November 28, 2017     Age: 86

David G. Stanley, 86, of Amelia Island and Yarmouth, ME passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Community Hospice- Warner Center in Fernandina Beach, FL.

He was preceded in death by his father Gordon Story Stanley and his mother Isabell MacDonald Stanley.

He was a resident of Florida but spent his summers in his favorite state of Maine.  He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1953 and immediately entered the Marine Corp.  His lengthy business career ended in Portland, ME at UNUM (formerly Union Mutual) where he was a Senior Vice President.  Always active in his community, he served on many boards and was president of Health and Human Services, The National Association of Health Planning Agencies and the Portland Boy’s Club. Other civic activities included Outward Bound, Maine Nature Conservancy, Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Audubon Society.  He served on the Governor’s Advisory Board from 1978 to 1984. David also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity in Fernandina Beach.

In the winter his heart was in the mountains skiing-he loved the ocean; boating and sailing at the Portland Yacht Club. He loved to walk his dog, “Hansel”.

Surviving  are his loving wife of 63 years R. Leslie Stanley, his brother, Peter Stanley of Hingham, MA, and a sister Polly Kneiss of Chipley, FL and many nephews and a niece.

He was a kind, generous, loving man.

7 Condolences

  • Susanne Brisach Posted November 30, 2017 11:29 am

    Leslie, we are so sorry for you loss. David was a wonderful man! With much love, Susanne and Gene Brisach

  • Anne Pringle, Portland, ME Posted December 6, 2017 8:26 am

    I served on Gov. Brennan’s Advisory Committee with Dave and appreciated his quick, incisive, and practical approach to the major issue we were charged to address, to make the Maine HR function more effective and accountable. I also had contact with him when he served, briefly and with great frustration, as a Representative in the Maine Legislature. Predictably, he was astounded by the barriers to change. But he did his best, bringing his energy and clarity to the challenges. Sadly, we lost track of each other, but I have often thought of him fondly. I hope the fact that his many friends and acquaintances are thinking of you at this difficult time, is some small comfort, Leslie..

  • Judy Holmes Posted December 6, 2017 8:58 am

    Dave was my friend and mentor at Unum. I’ll never forget his kindness and advice. Much sympathy on your loss, Leslie.

  • Gardner Roberts Posted December 6, 2017 10:04 am

    Leslie, I was very sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was a mentor to me during my teen years. He had an infectious laugh and I enjoyed his company during many duck hunting outings and family events. 62 years is a remarkable testament to your mutual love and devotion to one another. Sincerely, Gardner Roberts

  • Maureen Welch Posted December 6, 2017 10:18 am

    Where do I begin? Beginning at UnionMutual after graduating school, Dave quickly became an individual I looked up to, learned from and strove to emulate professionally. He had a keen mind and a genuine interest in mentoring those who were committed to furthering themselves and the company. Dave gifted me the first briefcase and portfolio I would own….a kindness I’ll never forget.

    Dave went on to be instrumental in building the core skills I would need to carry me through a long insurance career. Words that come to mind when thinking of Dave … smart, great sense of humor, energetic, sharing and a good man.

    Rest In Peace my mentor & friend.

  • Carol Heldman Flynn Posted December 7, 2017 7:47 pm

    Lets, you and Dave were such good friends of my parents, Lloyd & Blanche Heldman. I was lucky to witness a few of so many fun times shared in that special neighborhood, Wildwood. I think they spilled over to Florida on winter vacations, too. They cherished your friendship right to the end of their lives. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  • Jeanie Crews Posted December 12, 2017 8:09 am

    Leslie, Just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss. You may not remember me, but I remember the 2 of you back in the days when I worked at Amelia Island Plantation. Jeanie Crews

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