Stanley Bold

Obituary of Stanley Bold

BOLD, Stanley

February 20, 1946 – Marcelin, Saskatchewan

February 17, 2023 – Okotoks, Alberta


Stanley Bold, loved and cherished husband of Gail Bold (nee Reddekopp), of Foothills, AB, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023 at the age of 76 years, 3 days before his 77th birthday.


Stan was born in Marcelin, Saskatchewan on February 20, 1946, in his small family home. Within 8 years, he had brothers, Dennis and then Peter, added to his family.  He was the caring big brother in his earlier years and grew into the glue that drew his parents and siblings together as he grew older.


Stan worked on his family’s farm while growing up and moved buildings together with his father and brothers for many years. In his spare time, he loved to go to barn dances; he was an incredible dancer.


Stan graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and Manitoba with bachelors’ degrees in Mathematics and Education. Before he began his teaching career, he married Karen and later welcomed two children, Steffany and Darren.  Stan began teaching high school mathematics at Ernest Manning High School in 1968 and continued teaching when they moved to Winnipeg.


Stanley married Gail in March of 1981, and they were blessed with Christina, Matthew, Joshua, and Daniel.  Stan taught at Henry Wise Wood High School until 2006, and then taught night school for many years.  He was very intent on teaching his students how to learn and brought the best out of them through the use of his questioning techniques and discussion. 


Stan had a passion for the effective instruction of students.

He had a passion for learning things.

He had a passion for woodworking and mechanics – or maybe just woodworking; mechanics was a practical necessity for him.

He had a passion for nature.

He had a passion for skiing.

He had a great passion for his children and grandchildren.

He had an enduring passion for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

But what was obviously apparent to all he met; he had a passion for people!


As a friend of his told his wife recently, “Stan was one of those rare individuals who was genuinely interested in what was going on in other peoples’ lives.  He didn’t just go through the motions.”  That sentiment was reflected by many people when remarks about Stan were shared with others.  His family will also remember him for his dad jokes.


His wife, Gail, says that Stan never stopped striving for God’s best will for his life. This next part is from Gail’s point of view:

Stan has been amazing during these past less than four months.  He has considered it a blessing, as have we all, that he fell off Tumbleweed, since he became aware of his pancreatic cancer 2 1/2 months before he would have otherwise.  (This because the CT scans taken to understand his skeletal fractures also illuminated his pancreatic cancer.)  During those months, Stan took that time to be with his family, welcome a new grandson into his fold, met with his friends, watched soccer with his buddies and enjoyed the important people in his life. He also delved beyond the usual visiting, and taught myself and our family the great wisdom that we need to look into our childhoods and our pasts to see what hard things are affecting us today. He said, “You need to take care of your pain so you don’t hurt others with it.” Stan’s wisdom is something that I will miss the most. When I needed an objective and thoughtful opinion about something with which I was struggling, I could always count on him to give me an insightful point of view. Stan declined very rapidly in the last weeks, and one of the things I told him recently was, “You have always been brave and strong, but recently, you are the bravest and the strongest that I have ever seen you.”  Stan, since I no longer have you to run things by, I will have to go straight to the God of our Salvation, the One whom you now stand beside and speak with face to face.


Besides his wife, Gail, Stanley is survived by his 6 children and 6 grandchildren, Steffany (Mike), Darren (Leighann), Christina (Sheldon/Brooklyn, Caleb), Matthew (Beth/Keegan, Halle), Joshua, and Daniel (Lanica/Aurelia, Maverick).  As well, he is survived by in-laws, Sharon & Peter, Wayne, and many nieces and nephews.


A Viewing will held at McInnis & Holloway (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, February 26, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


A Celebration of Stanley’s Life Service will be held SunWest Christian Fellowship (260 Midpark Blvd SE) on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Stanley Bold, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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