It is with great sadness the families of Stanley Hughes announce his passing Sept. 10, 2023.
Stan’s wish was to be laid to rest in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current Sk.
Stan was born Sept. 9, 1939 in Cabri Sk.
Stan is survived by his wife Pat, sons Clarence (Lorinda) and Wyatt. Granddaughters Stephanie (Bhabani), Jennifer (Geoffre), Katherine (Nick), & Erin. Grandsons Branden, Colton & Kieran. Great Grand Children Hubert, Rose, & Chloe. Son-in-law Grant Ellis.
Stan was predeceased by his Beloved Daughter, Gwenda Ann. Gwenda was born July 29, 1962. Passed away August 28th. 2022. Gwenda was a Daddies girl.
Stan took his schooling at Roe, Baxterville & Abbey. When Stan was 8 years old & Vivien 10 years old, they got the job as janitor for the Baxerville School. Stan walked or rode horse back to school. He had to be there by seven, to start the fire so it would be warm by nine o’clock. He said that was dreaming, when it was cold it never did get warm except close around the stove. He said they got five dollars a month or fifty dollars a year. Stan was good at sports always enjoyed a game of baseball.
Stan was 13 years of age when his father passed away. From that day forward Stan was the man of the family. His dream was to become an RCMP officer. That dream never came true. The responsibility of the farm was on his shoulders. Stan would do anything for anyone and never ask for anything in return.
Dad met Mom at a school baseball game. Dad was pitcher and Mom was first baseman (by accident or not I’m not sure). Dad was teased if he would ever get to home base with his first base man. He did! Two years later they were married October 6, 1961
Stan was a self-taught man. He had the ability to repair or build anything. It didn’t matter if it was wood, steel or iron. He taught his sons how to drive and handle any piece of equipment on the farm. He never liked public life or crowds of people. We could never understand why, because he had the gift of gab. He always enjoyed himself once you got him out. He never liked beaches or parks; he said the sand hills was a lot more peaceful.
Stan enjoyed old time dancing in Swift Current & playing cards especially cribbage with his son Wyatt. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his son Clarence. He went on a fishing trip up north with Clarence, he really enjoyed that. He enjoyed traveling, especially the driving part. He didn’t want to be anywhere without wheels. He wasn’t a shopper; he would drive around the big cities if he could. We went on a trip with Gwenda & granddaughters Steph, Jen & Kate. That was an enjoyable trip.
Stan loved his children very much. He was very proud when his three children, seven grandchildren & three Great grand children were born. I don’t think they realize how much he loved them because he never talked about his personal feelings. In his later years, Stan did regret not spending more time with his wife & kids and less time on his unfortunate responsibilities.
Stan would drive to the hills to make sure the cattle had enough water. He would sit and listen to the quiet noise of nature with the cattle’s soft noises in the back ground. Clarence and his dad put many kilometers on the trucks going to bull sales, staying in motels, looking in Ford dealerships, talking Ford. They went to movies and ate whenever. On the way home they sometimes got caught in a snow storm and had to pull in some where and stay another night. Stans first job in the mornings was feeding his cats. He loved his dogs: Laddy, Ruby and Buddy. Stan spent hours reading the small-town History Books. He was great at remembering names, past history and events.
When Stan could no longer climb up in the tractor or combine or physically fix the equipment, he would drive to the field, sit in his truck and watch the boy’s work. His truck was always full of tools. When they broke down, he usually had what they needed. He could tell them his ideas as to what went wrong and how to repair it, except the computer, he fell short on that knowledge. He kept the outfits full of fuel and the boys full of junk food and snacks, everything that was good for them, and water. He was always there to move equipment from one field to another.
When you had a problem, his big frame would fill the door and you knew you would have help solving your problem. Stan always said he was born Ford, Liberal & John Deere. The Liberal & John Deere changed from time to time but the Ford part lasted for a lifetime.
We feel great sadness with a deep feeling of emptiness & loss as we say “So long for now Dad”. Your chair will be empty at our table. We will always remember you saying “Get out of my chair”. You will no longer lay back in your recliner, walk down the walk to the Quonset, ride your bike or climb in your Big Ford. We will miss you greeting us when we came home and saying” See you tomorrow” when we leave. We will do our best here Dad, and we will “See you tomorrow”. You will be there to welcome us home.
Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.
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