Teachers Make A Difference
Well, Blog Friends, you may have noticed that I have not posted in a while. The simple, yet devastating reason is that I lost Stan, my dear husband of 26 years, on May 4, of a sudden cardiac arrest. Stan was remarkable in life and managed to squeeze a lot of significance into 57 short years.
A professional violist, he played for weddings, parties, concerts, Broadway shows and for numerous famous people and dignitaries across his career. He was actually on a gig, treasured viola in hand, when he collapsed.
Stan taught public school orchestra for 28 years, 18 in middle school and 10 in high school. We, as teachers, can take inspiration from the amazing impact he had on students over these years for he changed hundreds of lives with his love and knowledge of music, his character, and his involvement with their individual lives.
This prose perfectly, perfectly reflects the life of Stanley J. Oakes.
Together, we raised two beautiful daughters. Victoria, married to Thomas, is an elementary music teacher and Alexandra is a senior in college. As a family, we have enjoyed great times of music and travel. Words cannot begin to express how much we will miss this man’s place in our family…..his ridiculous love of fun and dessert, his brilliant mind, his energy…..all of it.
One of Stan’s many remarkable traits was his steady, joyful approach to life and so, in his honor, we press on with tenacity and with joy. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart!
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