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Stanley E. Leaman

Stanley E. Leaman, 87, of Walnut Park, Essex, husband of the late Evelyn (Cook) Leaman, passed away peacefully Monday, July 4, 2011 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers.

Born in Gloucester February 27, 1924 son of the late Edward and Ellen (Herrick) Leaman, he was born in to a family of seven children. Growing up during the Depression with six siblings, Stan was turned down upon first applying to the United State Marine Corps due to malnutrition. Determined to serve, he gained enough weight to finally enlist. He served honorably in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, participating in several amphibious landings on Japanese held islands including Saipan, Tinian and Guam. On Guam he was wounded multiple times, returned to the United States, honorably discharged and was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon returning home from the war, Stan met the love of his life, Evelyn Cook Leaman on Main Street, Gloucester and they were married after a brief courtship. Stan and Evelyn enjoyed sixty years of marriage and family life with  their daughter Cynthia.

Following his recovery from his war related injuries, Stan briefly worked with his beloved brother Harold in the seafood business. He later returned to the trade his father taught him, carpentry. He worked for Fred Kippen for fourteen years before starting his own business.

Stan bought a piece of land on Walnut Park in Essex and built his home and carpentry shop there, building the house to Evelynís exacting standards. Stan always credited Evelyn with ďeducating and civilizingĒ the poor boy from West Gloucester, teaching him about fine dining and proper etiquette for entertaining. Stan built and or renovated many commercial and residential buildings in Essex. He employed  many local carpenters, including Claude Savoie, Greg Seamans, Cal Elliott and his son-in-law Jeff Fraser. He went on to learn the trade of cabinetmaker, building many  kitchens and pieces of furniture. He ground knives for his shaper to replicate the ornate trim and moldings found in many of Cape Annís historic homes. His high quality and efficient work ethic earned him a reputation as a desired builder.

Shortly after Stanís retirement his darling wife Evelyn fell ill and passed away in 2006. Broken hearted, Stan concentrated on maintaining his immaculate home in Essex and taking comfort in the company of his family and friends.

A true Marine to the very end, Stan kept everything ship-shape in his home right up to the day the ambulance took him to Addison Gilbert Hospital for treatment of the ailments to which he finally succumbed.

Stan was a member of the former AMVETS Post in Essex, Ipswich V.F.W.  Post #1093, and the Masonic Lodge of Gloucester.  

Stan is survived by his daughter Cynthia Fraser and her husband Jeff of Gloucester; three grandchildren Jeffrey Fraser, Jr. and his companion Dawn of Essex, Shane Fraser and his wife Stephanie of Essex and Brandi Fraser of Rockport; three great grandchildren, Christopher Fraser of FL and Samuel and Alex  Fraser both of Essex; his four sisters, Bertha Robertson of W. Gloucester, Emily Strangman of Rowley, Nancy Boland of Ipswich and Mary Lee of NH and their extended families; sister-in-law Marjorie Parady and her husband Clifton, and his special friends, the Neal Family of Essex. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his brother Harold Leaman and a sister Lucy Allen, both formerly of West Gloucester.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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