Memorial service slated for Stanley St. John

Memorial service slated for Stanley St. John

By Sandra St. John

By Sandra St. John

The Artery, 514 E. State St., will host a celebration of the life of Stanley St. John, executive director emeritus, Northwest Community Center, on Sunday evening, May 20, 2001, at 5:30 p.m., immediately following the Downtown Pride Walk.

An evening of live music, original poetry, inspirational readings and memories is in store for family, friends, employees, fellow community activists, west end business associates, Kiwanis members, advocates for the disabled, kids who grew up on Northwest’s playing fields, in day care and latchkey, as well as all whose lives Stan’s quiet leadership touched over the years.

Details of St. John’s Scarlet Ribbon Campaign as well as Stan’s Christmas Boots will be announced.

Come join us for a great evening of art, poetry, music, memories and rededication to helping others pull themselves up by their bootstraps as Stan St. John did.

Born into poverty, an abandoned child, raised in orphanages and foster homes, disabled by polio, he focused his formidable energies on making sure kids would have a place to go, that the disabled had access to public places, and found great joy in helping others in realizing their potential.

Those who have pictures of Northwest Community Center during the ’70s and ’80s are encouraged to bring them. (Please be sure they are clearly marked.)

Join us at the Artery at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 to celebrate the life of this Rockford native who gave so unsparingly to our community and whose life story shows that adversity can be overcome.

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