With deep sadness we announce the passing of Stanley “Stan” Palamarek of Lacombe, Alberta who passed away at his home on Saturday, February 12, 2022, just over a month away from his 87th birthday.
Stan was born in the Lamont Hospital in Lamont, Alberta on March 24, 1935. He was the middle child of local farmers, Andrew and Pearl Palamarek. As an Aries, Stan chose his own path in life. After finishing Grade 12, he went to work for the Imperial Bank of Canada in August, 1954. Stan started his training as a teller with the Alberta Treasury Branch in February, 1958 in Vermilion, Alberta. By that November he was transferred to Hanna, Alberta, which was his lucky break because it was there that he met the love of his life, Ruth Anderson, who was a teller at the Treasury Branch there. Not wanting to wait until spring, the couple was united in marriage on November 20, 1959, which Stan said was the best day ever! Four children and six moves later, Stan and his family settled in Lacombe where he was the bank manager for three years. Stan was elected to Lacombe Town Council from 1980 until 1992, where he served on the Red Deer Health Unit and the Lacombe Foundation organizations. For many years after that, Stan bought and sold his collectibles, some of which included: coins, pins, dinky toys, military items, books, and comic books. He loved books, history, numbers, and photographs … but most of all he loved his family.
Stan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Ruth; and his four children: Barb (Chris) Angel, Dianna Palamarek (Ron Bray), Wendy (Randy) Kolesar, and Michael (Marlene) Palamarek. He will also be lovingly remembered by his treasured grandchildren: Nigel Sharp, Eric Kolesar, Jillian Kolesar, Ethan Palamarek, and Logan Palamarek; as well as his brother Alec Palamarek; and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. Stan was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Pearl; and three siblings: Nick Palamarek, Olga Betey, and Rose Busdegan.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all the caring staff at the Lacombe Seniors Lodge who made Stan’s last few years happy ones, oftentimes giving him three desserts – which he absolutely loved!
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Stan’s Life was held in the Lacombe County Room at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. with Sonja McAlpin, Life Celebrant officiating. Stan will be laid to rest alongside his parents at a later date. If friends desire, memorial tributes in his memory may be made directly to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1-020 Li Ka Shing Centre, 8602 - 112 Street, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1 (albertadiabetesfoundation.com). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
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