On Thursday, January 26, Philip Edward Stanley, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of eighty-eight. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Andrea Reynolds Stanley of Worcester, Mass., his children Catherine Blackwell and her husband Seth Blackwell, Barbara Petrocelli and her husband William Petrocelli, and Greg Stanley, and his grandchildren Heath Blackwell, Elizabeth Petrocelli, Barbara-Leanne Paquin, Devin Paquin and Logan James Billings.
The middle of three sons, Philip was born on January 25, 1935 to Edward and Gertrude Stanley of Scarsdale, NY. As a young man Philip joined the Marines and then earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Ohio State University. He went on to have an accomplished career as a computer designer and was awarded multiple patents.
Over his lifetime Philip was an avid collector and historian of antique tools and scientific instruments. He authored four books, a database on early American patents which he donated to the US Patent and Trademark Office, and numerous papers. He was an appraiser on the Antique Roadshow and guest speaker for multiple organizations focused on early American tools, including the Early American Industries Association, the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, the Oughtred Society and The Antique Tools and Trades in Connecticut.
As an exceptionally intelligent person, Philip was a voracious reader and lifelong learner whose interests included American History, Politics, Science, Technology, and Movies. Kind and gentle, Philip was a loving husband and father, an engaging friend, and a gracious stranger to everyone he met throughout his lifetime.
Philip's funeral services will be private.