On January 20, 2023, Stanley Joseph Liska, of New Glasgow, NS, passed away at the age of 85.
Stan was a man of many talents and interests. He was passionate about woodworking and furniture making, building projects of all sorts, and solving puzzles. He took pride in his properties, spending hours mowing grass and trimming trees in Kenzieville, tending gardens, and doing never-ending home improvement projects. He enjoyed the wonderful simplicity of nature, watched birds and wildlife, counted deer, raised pheasants and bees, and never owned a smart phone.
He held himself to high standards of craftsmanship and respect for others, and kept a low and humble profile, choosing to let his labours speak for him, earning a distinguished reputation in the community. Stan was a respected Industrial Arts teacher at Stellarton High School for 30 years, and many of his students remember him as their favourite teacher. He and his wife Irene enjoyed a lengthy and healthy retirement together, often cajoling with the regular crowds at coffee shops, staying involved with the goings-on in the community.
Always generous with his time, Stan spent many hours helping others with various building and repair projects and problems. He volunteered for many years in a variety of charities, especially the Pictou County Food Bank and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He delivered presents at Christmas to those who needed a helping hand. He was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church. Stan will be remembered for always having time to stop and chat with just about anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Stan was born in Glace Bay, NS, to Francis and Helen (Henrich), with siblings Marie (deceased in infancy), Edward Chester (Jenny), Frances (Jackie), Carol (Dean), Sharon (Arnold – deceased) and Charles (Beverly).
He is survived by his adored wife and best friend of 61 years, Irene (Starzomski); children: Catherine (Robert), John (Carrie), Lisa (Randy), Joseph (Karen) and Peter (Daisy); and grandchildren: Tayah, Mairi, Eric, Xavier, William, Vincent, Dante and Olivia.
A private funeral will be held at R. H. Porter Funeral Home in New Glasgow. Donations may be made to the Pictou County Food Bank or the Pictou County Palliative Care Society.