[stanford_status] Jan 23, Tues - Stanford passed away at 8:38 PM

John R Larsen john at larsen-family.us
Wed Jan 24 00:46:03 EST 2007

Hello Everyone,

Stanford passed away at 8:38 PM on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at the 
Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.  Thus ends his courageous 
battle with cancer.  He was strong right up until the end and 
hopeful that the chemo therapy was working.  Sadly the tumors 
weren't responding to the therapy and Stanford's liver gave out.

Tentative plans are to have the funeral at 10:00 AM on Saturday, 
January 20th.  It will be held in our chapel at 110 Concord Street 
in Nashua, NH.  The chapel is large and can hold 1200 people or 
more.  We are having the service on a Saturday to enable all those 
who might want to attend to do so without conflict with work or 
school.  I'll email final plans as they become available.

Stanford was surrounded by all his immediate family members.  Lots 
of his church friends and several school friends were also there.  
He seemed very peaceful and not in pain.  We all had time to talk to 
him and express our love.  At one point around 5:00 PM he stretched 
his arms over his head and when we told him that we loved him he 
answered back, "I love you too."

Stanford was a wonderful young man, brother, son, and friend.  He 
was kind to everyone and always cared about people.  He was always 
the same whether in private or in a group.  He had a zest for life.  
He was very patient through all this trial willing accepting each 
new limitation as they came along and expressing thankfulness for 
the blessings he had.  For example, just the other day as I put his 
wheelchair back in his room he said, "I love that wheelchair.  It 
lets me go places!"  He often commented on how grateful he was for 
his hospital bed because it let him get comfortable.  When it was 
his turn to be voice during our family prayers each evening he 
always expressed thankfulness for his blessings and prayed that we 
would all be kind to each other.

We wish to thank everyone that has helped, encouraged, and supported 
us through these almost 8 long months.  We couldn't have made it 
through them without you.  We will miss Stanford tremendously.  
Every where we look in our home we see a little of Stanford.  He 
lived life to the full in an honorable and righteous way.

More later,


John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>

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