[J3] (SC22WG5.6069) Fwd: Stan Whitlock has completed his life

mark leair (PGI) mark.leair at pgroup.com
Tue Sep 4 14:14:58 EDT 2018

To Carolyn, David, and Jen Whitlock,

I am sorry for your loss. I remember how welcoming Stan was to me at my first J3 Fortran Standards meeting. I really appreciated that. I was very impressed with his work ethic on the standards committee as the Secretary and the Chair of the Fortran Interpretations Subgroup. I also enjoyed his sense of humor. He will certainly be missed.

All the best,

Mark LeAir

From: J3 <j3-bounces at mailman.j3-fortran.org> On Behalf Of Steve Lionel via J3
Sent: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 5:59 AM
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Subject: [J3] (SC22WG5.6069) Fwd: Stan Whitlock has completed his life

(From Stan's wife, Carolyn)

[cid:part1.DC2EF066.8C7E0A99 at stevelionel.com]
Stanley Jay Whitlock (Feb. 27, 1948 - Sept. 3, 2018)

Dear Family and Friends,

Seven weeks ago, on July 9th, Stan had exploratory surgery on his neck in hopes of finding out what was causing the severe headaches and neck pain he had been having since the end of February/beginning of March.  As most of you know, the next week, we were told that he had metastasized pancreatic cancer cells in his neck.  On July 19th, he began a series of ten radiation treatments that we were told should kill the cancer cells in his neck and relieve his neck pain and headaches but not stop the cancer elsewhere in his body.

When those treatments were completed, Stan began chemotherapy on August 14th.  A few days after the first treatment, Stan fell at home.  That was the first of 7 falls over the next week.  On Sunday, August 19th, Stan fell again and hit his head on the hardwood floor.  He said it felt different this time and agreed to have the EMTs take him to the hospital.  He was there for three nights.  His oncologist told him it was time for him to go into hospice care; that he had six to nine weeks to live.  Needless to say, that was a shock to us all.

Stan was moved to the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on August 22nd.  The hospice doctor said she thought the timeline was shorter than the prediction of the hospital’s oncologist.  She lessened the time to four to six weeks.  That was 12 days ago.

Late this afternoon, Jen and I were in Stan’s hospice room and all three of us were taking a nap.  Jen woke up and the room was quiet.  Stan had been breathing heavily when we dozed off.  She said, “Mom, I think Dad has gone.”  So I went over to his bed to check on him and called for the nurse who confirmed that his life had ended.

There will be no funeral but we will have a Celebration of Life for him when the family feels ready.  I will let you all know when that time comes.

Thank you to all who visited Stan in the hospital and hospice house, sent cards and emails expressing your concern, best wishes for relief of his pain, and your love.  It meant a lot to all of us.  Stan will rest in peace knowing that so many people cared about him.

With love and appreciation for your caring,

Carolyn, David, and Jen Whitlock

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