I first learned about it Monday via a text message from Mark Corvino. The Connecticut Air and Space Center & The Sikorsky Memorial Corsair Team had lost a team member and great supporter. Our friend Nancy Standley had passed away February 21st.
Nancy was in charge of the archives. She was often the first person in at 7am in the morning. She transferred the many manuals that we have copies of into the computer. At the airshow this past spring her sister Barbara and her spent every day from early morning to the close of the show sitting with the CASC / Corsair booth, directing people and minding the store.
From my very first moments walking into the shop on Sniffens Lane, Nancy was there. She was the first person to welcome me aboard. It was with her help that the Museum was able to get a generous donation from the Harmony Grange in Milford. At Christmas after being sick for over a month, she came into the shop and set up a cookie table for all the member to feast on. One of the last times I saw her has kissed me on the cheek to thank me for some little thing I helped her with. She was always a vocal supporter for the Corsair Restoration and the mission of the CASC.
We we very lucky and blessed to have Nancy as a member, lending her big smile and great positive personality to boost the morale and keep us smiling around the shop.
“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
We never know when we will lose a friend and it is impossible to know that the time you say goodbye, might be the final one. Nancy’s loss only strengthens our resolve to honor the memory, the effort and the dreams of our brothers and sisters that have left us all to soon.
Nancy Elizabeth Standley, age 76, of Trumbull, passed away February 21, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She was born in Raynham, MA and was a longtime Trumbull resident. She retired from Avco Textron Lycoming after 42 years of service going on to become a very active member of the Textron Retirees. Nancy was an active member of the the Harmony Grange # 92 in Monroe for over 50 years. She also was a dedicated member and volunteer at Connecticut Air and Space Center in Stratford.
She was predeceased by her parents Lester and Margaret (Ratter) Standley and her brother Charles F. Standley. Survivors include her sister Barbara C. Standley of Nichols; two brothers Gilbert S. Standley of Nichols, and Lester W. Standley and his wife Nancy of Greenville S.C.; one sister-in-law Catherine Standley of Milford, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral services on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Directly at the Nichols United Methodist Church 35 Shelton Rd. with the Reverend Joseph Picirrillo officiating. Interment in Nichols Village Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Trumbull Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nichols United Methodist Church or to the Connecticut Air & Space Center P.O. Box 1293 Stratford, CT 06615.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home
399 White Plains Rd.
Trumbull, CT 06611
Monday, February 28, 2011
Nichols United Methodist Church
35 Shelton Rd.
Trumbull, CT 06611