Mr. George Gregory Stanton
January 26, 1921 - September 8, 2018
George Gregory Stanton, 97, born Zybigniew Grzegorz Stankiewicz in Wilno, Poland passed away quietly on September 9, 2018
He was predeceased by his parents, Romuald and Janina (nee Lemieszewska) Stankiewicz, a brother Andrew Stankiewicz, a sister Danusia Stankiewicz and his former wife and mother of his children Dorothy (nee Colton) Stanton.
George is lovingly survived by his daughter and son-in-law Christina and Dr Graham Keats of Bracey, VA, sons Andrew Stanton and Roger Stanton both of Leamington, Ontario Canada, and a daughter , Jo Hewison, residing in England. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren – Bryce Keats, Dr Jacquie (Keats) Jack, Dr Ashleigh (Keats) Clickett, Marla Stanton, Nicholas Stanton, Rebecca Stanton, and Geoffrey Stanton. He also took great delight in his 6 great grandchildren – Corrinne and Darryn Keats, Morgan and MacKenzie Jack, and Audrey and Olivia Clickett.
George's colorful life took him from the concentration camps of Siberia in WWII to England, Canada, and finally the United States. Most recently he became a resident of Mecklenburg County, VA after having resided in Englewood, FL for over 20 years.
As a young man, WWII found George joining the #309 Polish fighter squadron based in England, after his harrowing escape from the Russian concentration camp. Flying P51 Mustangs and Spitfires, he accompanied bombers flying over Germany. One of his last bombing missions took him over Hitler's retreat in Berchtesgaden.
For many years after the war, George followed his passion for flying twin engine aircraft. On July 4th of this year John Zubrod took him for his final flight.
This truly amazing gentleman, who had a true entrepreneurial spirit and was self taught in so many disciplines, now gets to rest his body and mind.
The family wishes to sincerely thank all of the members of CMH Hospice for their kind and loving care over the last 4 months as well as Tidewell Hospice, Charlotte County, FL.
If so wished, donations in George's memory may be made to VCU Community Hospice at P.O .Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970.
A private celebration of George's life will be held at a later date.
Oh! I have slipped the surely bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless hills of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
by Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee RCAF