Stanley J. Gauld
Stanley James Gauld, a loving father, brother, son, cousin and friend, passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening, Nov. 7, 2019 at his home in Fife Lake. He was 56.
He was born Sept. 26, 1963 in Traverse City to George (Anita) Gauld and Cheryl (Abe) Days-Churbe.
Survivors include his children, Travis Gauld and Nicole (Aaron Ingersoll) Gauld; his parents; three very special grandchildren, Alexis, Baily and Melody; his brother, Glen; his sister, Amanda Magnuson; niece Krystina Magnuson; nephew, Corey Magnuson; and his life partner, Angela Adams. His honorary family includes sons, Cody Adams, Dustin (Claire Sevald) Harmer; daughter, Megan (Joe) Green; along with many numerous other loving family members, cousins and friends.
Stan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stanley Arthur and Elsie Gauld, James and Marie Days and Larry Gilfillan; and his sister, Julie Angela Gauld.
Stan lived in Fife Lake for most of his life, spending a few years in Alaska and Florida.
Stan's love for his children and deep friendships fit well in Fife Lake. He had a smile that would radiate pure joy and could light up a room. One of his greatest gifts was his big heart. Stan opened his home to raising foster children, and both he and Angela had enough love, patience and guidance to give them.
He was funny, a sweetheart and a great person who was an avid outdoorsman at heart. He loved animals and had a passion for people and deep love for all of his beloved family and friends. With his warm demeanor, he was a joy to be around. Stan also had a deep passion for fishing, hunting, trapping and sports clay shooting.
He will be remembered by all for his homemade carrot cake and baked beans. He possessed a deep passion for cooking and everyone who knew him knew the love he put into everything he made.
Community involvement meant something special to Stan; he worked on the Fife Lake Fourth of July Committee, Fife Lake volunteer fire department, the hardware store for a while, volunteered as a baseball and softball coach and worked at Wayne Wire Cloth Products at the time of his death.
We look back on those special times, that special face, the special man we cannot replace.
The word "step" was not in Stan's vocabulary - everyone was family. Just as Cody thought of Stan as his dad - Stan loved him and thought of him as a son and helped raise him since he was 9.
"Thank you for everything you've done for me," Cody wrote, "RIP Dad. Love you."
Of all the special gifts God has given us in this life, however great or small, God blessed us with the greatest gift of all. He gave us the gift of Stan and all those wonderful memories we have made. Those memories, we now treasure and hold dear and close to our heart.
Yet of all in which Stan garnered love, there was nothing that could hold a candle to "family," ... and there was no family more precious than his. A loving father, grandfather, son, brother and friend, Stan shared the best of himself with every chance he was given. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Thank you, God, for the gift of family and the treasures of the beautiful memories we made with Stan.
With aching hearts, we whisper low, "We miss you, Stan, and will always love you so."
A celebration of Stan's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Fife Lake American Legion Hall.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 21, 2019

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