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Handy Man Stan

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I’m very sorry to have to let the SMF community know that our good friend handymanstan handymanstan has passed away.



Stan was a great man who I met on these forums and became great friends with. We’d get together a few times a year(before covid) for the fattie contest, or to smoke something.
I met him at kingfishcam kingfishcam first ever Michigan smokers event and we soon became really good friends despite our age difference.

he invited me to his house to teach me how to smoke cheese and next thing I know he’s coming out to my place to make sticks and summer sausage, or to make hot sauce. he met all my friends and became friends with them all. Stan, Cam, Motz, and myself became known as the Round Table.

Stan became a regular at the fattie contests and was always helping me out. He’d have to remind me to check the brisket or ribs all the time since I had so much going on. Might have had to do with the beer as well. Lol. Stan was always helping me by basically being a timer.

stan was always willing to help out at our events. He’d set up and tear down. He’d help smoke, and judge. There is nothing he wouldn’t, or didn’t do to help my wife and I. And he offered to help plenty of people learn to smoke whatever they needed help with. He was always offering me money to help with the costs because he knew holding parties for 200 people was expensive. I would always tell him his help was more valuable than his money. And it truly was.

i met Stan’s dogs a few times and he met mine yearly. Hooper & Scout loved when stan visited because he paid so much attention to them. Stan was a big dog guy and that combined with bbq is why we got along so well. I always took the time to listen to Stan because I had so much to learn from him. Not just about bbq or dogs, just about life in general.

Stan was a great man and a great friend to me personally. I know he meant a lot to plenty of other people he met through me and many others. It breaks my heart to know I’m not going to hear his voice or see him pulling down my drive for another bbq event. My wife and I are broken up over this. I was in Lousiana hunting when I got a voice mail from his wife and I knew it wasn’t going to be good. I took everything in me to keep it together as I spoke with her. Then to call my wife…. Her exact words were “Mr. Stan…..” and she was crying. This is a big one for us personally. I can only imagine how his wife and children feel. Please pray for them. And if you have any memories of him from this page please share them. Stan helped a lot of people with questions and stuff on this page. It’s been a while since he was really an active member but he was at one time. If you have any stories please share them.

here is a link to his obituary:


kingfishcam kingfishcam jokensmoken jokensmoken hillbillyrkstr hillbillyrkstr handymanstan handymanstan humdinger humdinger robbq robbq

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this is Stan & myself at the 2019 fattie contest right before he left. It was the last time I saw him in person due to Covid.

I miss & love you friend. I will see you again!

Scott
 

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Brutal, sorry for your loss, and RIP to Stan and prayers too Stan's family and loved ones.
It's pretty amazing how friendships are forged through online forums.

Godspeed to Stan and everyone who loved him.
Dan
 
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hillbillyrkstr hillbillyrkstr ,

That was a beautiful tribute to your good friend. I wish I had the opportunity to have met him because he seemed like the kind of guy I could warm up to very easily.
I only knew Stan through our forum. . .He had helped me on several smokes throughout the years.

Rest in Peace Stan. . .We a loosing too many members. He will enjoy the company with Pops and Chef JimmyJ

John
 
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Sorry for your and his family's loss Scott. Stan seemed like a great guy from what you described. True class act. Always hard to lose a good friend. Will keep you guys and his family in our prayers.
 

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Thanks for letting us know RIP Stan
 

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Geez. I don't know what I could add to Scott's post. Stan was a wonderful person that shared his heart and knowledge with us at the round table. I got to know Stan thru this forum and his guidance in my newbie adventure with smoking. I too have not seen Stan since the 2019 gathering, and man will he be missed. RIP my friend.
 

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Stan was a great man
Very nice tribute to your friend . I read through the whole post and could feel your emotions coming through . Seems clear he offered everything anyone could ask for in a friend , just by reading your words .
 

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That was a great, heartfelt tribute to your friend. prayers sent for Stan and his family.
Gary
 

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Thank you to whoever edited Stans profile to say “Gone but not forgotten RIP”.

man I miss my friend…
 

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Very sorry to hear one of our family has left us. Condolences and prayers are coming to his family and your way. Stan sound like the man we all should try be as much as we can.
 

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Very nice words Scott for a great friend to you and many others , And prayers to his family

David
 

hillbillyrkstr

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I appreciate the kind words from the SMF community. Stan was always trying to get the Michigan smokers to have events. He loved the gatherings and he loved to teach as well as learn new things. He was always the first one to offer a helping hand. Everyone would have truly loved to meet him.
 

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Sorry to hear of this. Hate hearing of forum members passt
 

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Although I have not had direct contact with him, I can feel your loss. You wrote a beautiful remembrance. We all have had to do too much praying these last few years. It is so hard to loose the really good guys.
 

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