Allen always said he wasn't afraid of dying, he was afraid of not living. He had a zest for life, which brought him many an adventure. He juggled flaming torches on top of his six foot unicycle, touched the clouds flying his hang glider, scuba dived and snorkeled all over the world, and built and flew (his lifetime love) remote control airplanes.
He whistled while he worked, as an aircraft mechanic, manufacturing technician responsible for inventing a helmet for a bomb disposal suit now helping clear land mines worldwide, and as a carpenter. He could literally take anything apart and put it back together better than new. He touched the lives of everyone he met with his good humor, positive outlook on life and integrity.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Taunyee Robbins, and stepchildren, Matthew, Anna and Robin MacLellan; mother, Francis Boulanger; five brothers and sisters, Suzanne (Stanish) Sweetapple, Larry Stanish, Stephen Stanish, Richard Stanish and Diana Stanish, daughter-in-law, Saida Benhayoune; son-in-law, Angus Menzies, and four beautiful grandchildren, Ali and Leyla MacLellan, and Ewan and Mica Menzies. Until recently, Allen and his wife lived on King St. in Rockport, over a period of 15 years.
Many thanks to the team at CCAC Carefor and to our amazing "Dr. Shamim" Taherzadeh.
Allen always said who put the "fun" in funeral, so don't wear black, and come to a Celebration of Allen's life at Pinecrest Remembrance, 2500 Baseline Rd. Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 2R7 on August 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. To leave a message for the family please visit https://basicfunerals.ca/obituaries/allen-joseph-stephen-stanish/3601.
In lieu of donations, please make a cherry pie and share it with a friend.
Published on July 30, 2016