|Birth: ||Jan. 9, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2005|
On January 11, 2005, shortly after celebrating his 75th birthday, Stanley Michael MacGregor, husband of Patsy MacGregor, died in his home embraced by the love of family and friends.
Stan was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 9, 1930, the son of Frances Ruth Dennis and Stanley Everett Judson. Stan's Navy childhood and Air Force career led him on many journeys that included Hawaii, China, Panama, Morocco, Libya, Thailand and Vietnam. He was a 1947 graduate of Punahou Academy in Honolulu and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from UC Riverside in 1975.
Stan married Patricia Gregson in Fall River, Massachusetts on March 24, 1951. They thought of their love and marriage as two hearts that beat as one. Stan and Patty and their four children enjoyed a rich life of adventure in their white Ford station wagon. They lived in many places, and it was the strength and love of the family that made each new place home. In 2001, Patsy and Stan celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends. Their anniversary celebration included a trip to Europe. In France they walked the streets of Paris, and in England they visited ruins and cathedrals. Their children especially love a picture of their mom and dad taken in East Cocker during a visit to the home of their favorite poet, T.S. Eliot.
Stan was wonderfully curious and enjoyed the people and the changes that made up his life. His wide-ranging interests knew no bounds as evidenced by his deep understanding of music, language (he taught himself Hebrew, Gaelic, Hawaiian, Greek and Vietnamese), art, mathematics, religion and philosophy. In the evenings, after a glass of his favorite "two-buck Chuck," he would happily sing a rousing Scottish ballad, recite the lines of his favorite poet, or tell the stories of his life.
Stan retired from the United States Air Force in 1970 at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, and from the Federal government in 1991. While in Riverside, Stan and Patty enjoyed a loving community of friends that sustained and nurtured them. In 1991 Stan and Patty moved to Santa Cruz to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and its stimulating intellectual environment. Most importantly, Stan's passion for music was fulfilled when he and Patty became part of the Cabrillo Choruses. This magnificent community of singers, directed by Cheryl Anderson, provided Stan with a truly wonderful and life-sustaining experience. With the Cabrillo Chorus Stan and Patty sang in the Vatican and many Eastern European cities. At home they sang in the annual Feast of Christmas and in the spring with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Stan also experienced great joy singing with the choirs of both Holy Cross and the First Congregational Churches. Stan's love of music was a total engagement.
Stan was a spiritual man and he embraced all religious expressions. As he grew older, Zen Buddhism spoke to his spiritual needs and he became a member of the Santa Cruz Zen Center. Stan went through Hospice training and became a volunteer shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. With the love of his family and friends, his practice of Zen Buddhism and his Hospice training, he faced death with peace and equanimity. For Stan, death was but a new adventure.
Stan is survived by Patsy; his children Courtney Welles, Ian MacGregor, Susan Christie, Cindy MacGregor, and their spouses, Mike Welles, Lonnie Truax and Jason Christie; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Doyle, Miles Shrewsbery, Nicholas Welles, Christina Santamato, Madeline Welles, Ian Christie, Abi and Aaron Robinson; and great granddaughter Ginger Mae Robinson. He is also survived by his sister Judy Collins and husband John, brother Jan MacGregor and wife Roberta, cousin Herbert Kaiser and wife Bobbie, cousins Pat Dennis and Jan Wiese, and many nieces and nephews whom he held dear. Stan had great love for his friends and held each of them in his heart. Stanley Judson, Stan's father, died when Stan was 18 months old and we feel he is helping his son through this part of the journey, as is his mother, Frances, and his second father, Edgar John MacGregor.
~Santa Cruz Sentinel 1/16/2005
Oakwood Memorial Park
Santa Cruz County
Created by: Margaret Vieira
Record added: Feb 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48322891