Stanley Hesketh

December 18th, 2011

Stanley Hesketh, of Tewksbury, formerly of Cambridge, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2011, at the D’Youville Senior Center in Lowell following a brief illness.

Born in Tewksbury, MA on August 6, 1922, Stanley was the beloved son of the late Wallace and Lillian (Whittle) Hesketh. Stanley was raised in Somerville and joined the Army at the outset of WWII.

 Stanley married Marion E. Kirkland on June 7, 1947. Stanley and Marion raised their three children in Cambridge and it wasn’t until after Stanley’s retirement from Harvard University, that he made the move back to his native Tewksbury in 1987.

 Stanley was a skilled woodworker. He made a number of furniture pieces in his home as well as many unique “one of a kind” pieces for his family and friends.

 Stanley was an avid golfer and very good horseshoe player. Stanley enjoyed family celebrations, holidays, vacations, or any occasion to be with his children and grandchildren. He especially loved being a grandfather; he loved all of his family dearly and was very proud of their accomplishments.

 Stanley was also a man of great faith. He was an active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cambridge for many years before it closed and became a member of the Wilmington Congregational Church where he enjoyed worshiping.

 Stanley will be remembered as a gentle soul, he was kind, caring, always doing for others, he will be greatly missed.

 Stanley was the beloved husband of Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh, loving father of Stanley Hesketh, Jr. and his wife Susan of Pennsylvania, David Hesketh and his wife Sandra of Tewksbury, and Carol Davis and her husband Joe of Oklahoma, cherished “Grandpa” of Daniel, Sarah, Matthew, Katie, David, Steven, Philip John, Elizabeth, Kristin, Philip Stanley and great-”Grampy” of Alexa, Brianna, Kayla, Brayden, Madison, Drew, Sam and Avery, dear brother of Lawrence Hesketh of West Roxbury, the late Wallace, William and Eddie Hesketh and Lillian Hazen, also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, December 20th from 4-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.62) Wilmington. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Nichols Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery. Memorial donations in Stanley’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02026.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Stanley Hesketh”

  1. Sylvia and Don Schaller says:

    As close friends of Stan Jr and Susan, we wanted to express our deepest condolences to the entire Hesketh family on the passing of your patriarch. Hopefully, the blessing of his long and constant presence will trump the sense of sadness and loss, occasioned by his passing. Our deepest sympathy!!

    Sylvia and Don Schaller

  2. Frederick Ryer says:

    Our hearts go out to Dave and Sandi, Mrs. Hesketh and family in Stan’s passing. We have many great memories of your dad on Christmas Eve at the house(how he loved the shrimp!). Dave, you are a great son in the way you cared for your dad. Your in our prayers. Wish we could be with you at this time. Love Fred & Sharon

  3. Danielle Ryer and Melissa Roche says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Hesketh’s passing. We have lots of memories of Christmas Eve’s and barbeques enjoying his company. He always had a laugh and good stories to share with us. Our thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Hesketh, Uncle Dave, Auntie Sandi, David Paul, Steven, Philip & their families. We love you all.

  4. Paul And Alice Harris says:

    We enjoyed visiting with Mr and Mrs Hasketh when they came to Oklahoma to see Carol and Joe. We will be praying for the whole family in the days to come. We are so sorry to hear of his passing, but know that he is rejoicing with the Lord.

  5. Bill Fitzgerald says:

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to members of the Hesketh family. May the soul of Stanley rest in peace.

  6. Karen Schneider says:

    My deepest sympathies to you at this time. I have many fond memories of Stanley from time spent at Pilgrim Church, we all were a close ‘family’.

  7. George Byars says:

    Thinking of you and your entire family, Carol. All my love, George

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