Obituary of Stanley C Sisson
Stanley ("Stan”) Campbell Sisson, 97, of Pompton Plains, NJ passed away on January 18, 2022.
His life was marked by a deep religious faith, work ethic, and dedication to family. Born October 6, 1924 in Penn Yan, New York, Stanley was the son of Paul Earle Sisson and Lydia May Campbell. His colorful stories of growing up in Penn Yan and spending time on the family farm often led to much giggling among his children and grandchildren.
Stan was a proud graduate of Penn Yan Academy, class of 1942, where he played trumpet in the marching band. In 1942, Stanley enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a Baker Second Class aboard the U.S.S. Trousdale (AKA-79), an attack cargo ship assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. His time as a crew member on the Trousdale led Stan to a lifelong love of baking–and eating– homemade bread. One of his favorite tales about life on the ship was how the cooks used to pass off "flour bugs” baked into the bread as rye seeds.
Stanley met the love of his life, Betty Marie Parliman, in New Jersey while she was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy. After a quick wartime romance and engagement, the couple married on October 21, 1944 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Prospect Park, NJ. Stan and Betty shared 76 wonderful years together before she passed away in June 2021. Betty always said that when Stan walked into that hospital room, she knew that he was the man she was going to marry. They were blessed with six children and a bustling house that went through multiple gallons of milk and boxes of cereal a week.
Stanley loved family camping trips, visiting the Finger Lakes, and the New Jersey shore. He served as scoutmaster for his sons' Boy Scout troops – continuing to volunteer even though one of them accidentally set the camp on fire.
Not long after the war and while raising a family, Stanley began a long and distinguished career as a sales agent with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1985. He was also a devout Catholic, having converted during his youth. As an active member of the faith, Stan chose to become a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Ordained a deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, NJ on March 27, 1982, Stanley ministered to three different church communities: Our Lady of the Lake in Mount Arlington, NJ, St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Stockholm, NJ, and Cedar Crest Senior Living Community in Pompton Plains, NJ. His commitment to the needs of parishioners was always evident through the thought and care with which he preached homilies and his tireless efforts to offer counsel and support as a minister.
Stanley was predeceased by his wife Betty and three siblings, Joyce Myrtle Sisson, Herman W. Sisson and Rosald Jane Sisson. He is survived by son Stanley A. Sisson and wife Mary, daughter Kathleen A. Sisson, son John E. Sisson and wife Judith, son Paul E. Sisson and wife Karen, daughter Marie E. McCarthy, son Peter A. Sisson, and several nieces and nephews. Stan cherished his role as Grandpa to Jennifer and Wendy Musumeci; Eric and Nora SIsson (Wilkerson); Jeremy, Shaun, and Laura Sisson; and Gary McCarthy, as well as eight greatgrandchildren. He spent countless hours with his grandchildren going strawberry picking, swimming in the pool, camping, teaching parallel parking, giving lessons on how to paint the house, offering advice, and attending graduations, weddings, and award banquets. He was a kind and loving man who enjoyed bike riding, playing scrabble, watching weekend football on TV and munching on popcorn, apples, and saltine crackers with peanut butter. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed.
Eulogies and Knights of Columbus Ceremony will be held at the Cedar Crest Senior Living Community Chapel in Pompton Plains, NJ on Monday April 4, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11am. Inurnment will follow Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Cemetery in Oak Ridge. In lieu of flowers, memorials or tributes may be made to the Resident Care Fund of Cedar Crest via mail at Cedar Crest by Erickson Senior Living, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.
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