Wolfeboro, N.H. — Stanley I. Kay, 86, former resident of Lawrence and Delray Beach, Fla., passed away at his current home in Wolfeboro, N.H. on January 11 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Lawrence on September 24, 1926, he was the son of George W. and Rebecca (Jolley) Kay and was a graduate of Lawrence High School, class of 1944. He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
A devoted and long-time employee of H.K. Webster Co. in Lawrence, he began as a truck driver in 1949 and ended his career as Operations Manager in 1989. Upon retiring he moved to No. Miami Beach and then Delray Beach, Fla. where he enjoyed golfing and a rich social life.
During his years in Lawrence, Mr. Kay was active in community and church organizations serving as president of the Lions Club and Senior Warden of Grace Church.
His affiliation with the Masons was an important part of his life for over fifty years and he attained the status of the 33rd Degree in 1978. He was both Master and Secretary of the Phoenician Lodge and a member of Scottish Rite, Lodge of Perfection, Aleppo Temple, and Rose Croix. He was also an advisor to DeMolay and President of the Lawrence Masonic Association. His proudest achievement came in 1981 when he was installed as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. While living in Florida, he continued his active involvement serving as President of High-Twelve in Lantana and Representative to the State of Florida from Grand Lodge in Massachusetts.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marilyn (Wright) Kay with whom he traveled extensively to conventions throughout the United States in conjunction with his Masonic work and throughout Europe and the Caribbean with other H. K. Webster Co. employees.
Mr. Kay will be greatly missed by his wife, his daughter, Linda Pacheco and son-in-law, George Pacheco of Wolfeboro, N.H.; grandson, Joshua Pacheco and his wife, Erin of Albany N.Y.; and granddaughter, Jennifer (Pacheco) Rooney and her husband, Matthew of New Rochelle, N.Y. Mr. Kay’s family also includes five cherished great-grandchildren, Everett, Cora and Elise Pacheco and Jack and Declan Rooney. He is also survived by his sister, Caroline Bateman of Topsfield, and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 17, from 9-11 a.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence.
Memorial donations in Stanley’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114-2699 or on the website at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, to the Central NH VNA Hospice, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 or to the Lakes Region Humane Society, P.O. Box 655, Ossipee, NH 03864. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome