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George Gregory Stanton / September 11, 2018

George Gregory Stanton, 97, born Zybigniew Grzegorz Stankiewicz in Wilno, Poland passed away quietly on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

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, after having resided in Englewood, Fla., 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 4 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.

George is lovingly survived by his daughter and son-in-law Christina and Graham Keats of Bracey, sons Andrew Stanton and Roger Stanton both of Leamington, Ontario Canada, and a daughter , Jo Hewison, residing in England. He is also survived by seven grandchildren – Bryce Keats,Jacquie (Keats) Jack,Ashleigh (Keats) Clickett, Marla Stanton, Nicholas Stanton, Rebecca Stanton, and Geoffrey Stanton. He also took great delight in his six great grandchildren – Corrinne and Darryn Keats, Morgan and MacKenzie Jack, and Audrey and Olivia Clickett.

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.

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, Fla.

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. HIGH FLIGHT by Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee RCAF. 

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Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stanton family.

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