BANGOR – John Maurice Stanley, 62, left his home peacefully and went to be with the Lord on a sunny Sunday morning, July 19, 2009, with his OHI family surrounding him. He was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Stonington, the son of Victoria Robbins Stanley and Maurice E. Stanley. John grew up on Swans Island. He was a traveling man and lived temporarily in many places during his lifetime. For many years, John was very active in Maine Special Olympics and once was chosen to represent Maine as a speed skating athlete at the International Special Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, telling stories, singing his favorite songs, dancing, and living every moment to its fullest. He was a big Johnny Cash fan and had the chance to meet him in Orono. John loved to go out for coffee and most recently worked at the Main Street Dunkin’ Donuts, Bangor. One of his favorite activities was to ride to Penobscot Park on the Bangor Waterfront, where he sat on a bench, talking and relaxing with his OHI supporters and others who dropped by. He also enjoyed sitting on his front porch with his friends. It was here that he befriended Molly, his big gray squirrel, who came to eat sunflower seeds every day. John was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Marjorie Robbins; and his grandparents, Bartlett and Addie-Mae Smith Robbins. He is survived by his sister, Louise Stanley; his aunt, Vivian Robbins Englehardt; two nieces; and Karen, his girlfriend of many years. He also leaves his housemate and friend of 20 years, Carmie; special friends, Bonnie-Jean Brooks and Tammy Dawson; as well as friends at Branches and DHHS. John’s had many, many social connections. Everywhere he went he would run into “dear old friends.” They are too numerous to mention but all will sadly miss John. He never lost his spunk and zest for life right up until the end when he would tell us he wanted lobster for dinner – his favorite Down East meal! The rare qualities of humor, grit, self-determination, risk-taking, loyalty, compassion, teacher, animal lover and so much more were all wrapped up in this gregarious, blue-eyed, red-headed inimitable and beloved man who always heard “that train a’ comin.” At his request, a funeral and celebration of John’s life will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 25 Freedom Parkway, Hermon. Committal services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, at Stonington Cemetery. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared though www.hampdengilpatrick.com.