Stanley Thompson, 72, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Elyria, OH, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. “Big Stan the Man” as he was most referred to as, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He moved to Ohio in 1968 to pursue a job with Ford Motor Company, where he worked for over 30 years before retiring. After retirement, he moved to San Antonio, TX where he began a second career as a driving instructor with Swift Transportation.
Stanley was an Army Veteran and an active member of the VFW in Texas. He was an avid bowler, winning many league trophies in the Ford Graveyard bowling league at Rebman Recreation Center in Lorain, OH. Some also knew him as “Minnesota Fats”, a CB handle he used when that was a popular hobby in the 70’s and 80’s. He was a proud member of the Iron Stallion’s Motorcycle Club in Elyria, OH, and loved to ride. Cooking was a passion of his and he was well known for his BBQ ribs, which people still today say is the best they ever had, which was appropriately named: “Big Stan the Man’s Boneyard.” He was a diehard Steeler’s fan and most recently had his Ford Transit Connect Van wrapped in the Steeler’s logo which he fittingly named “The Helmet”.
“Big Stan” was a larger-than-life figure and you often heard him before you saw him. He and his infectious laugh and demeanor will be greatly missed for all that knew and loved him.
Stanley is survived by his wife Chloe Thompson of San Antonio, Tx; Son Steven Thompson and his wife Melissa of Oberlin, OH; stepdaughter Sonji Mosby of Houston, TX: (Like a son) Terry Davis of Hollywood, FL; Grandsons Cole, Camden, and Cade Thompson of Oberlin, OH; Brother John Thompson and his wife Judy of Pittsburgh, PA; Stepmother Loretta Alston of Linden, AL; Stepsiblings Robert Alston Jr., Timothy Alston Sr., Ida Alston McGhee, Rosetta Alston Chaney, Fanesia Alston, and Toby Alston all of Linden, AL; and his loving dogs Kenya and Nikko.
He was proceeded in death by daughter Michelle of California; Guardians Cliff and Lenora Franklin of Pittsburgh, PA; Stepfather Robert Alston Sr. of Linden, AL; Sister Carolyn Thompson of South Carolina; brother Sterling Thompson of California.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be planned by the family later this year.
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