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Stanley A. Terry

Former professional bowler

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POSTED December 17, 2009 1:50 a.m.
Stanley A. Terry, 62, passed away December 13 in Manteca. He was born in San Jose, California, to Alice Terry of Manteca and the late Stanley J. “O.G.” Terry. He leaves behind his three sons; Stanley R. “Stan” Terry and wife, Elizabeth of Pleasanton, David Terry of Morgan Hill and Jeff Terry of San Jose; and siblings, Kathlyn A. Lafferty of Fremont and Stephen P. Terry of Clearlake. He was also blessed with 2 grandchildren, Haley Terry and Hayden, Terry and 3 cousins, Joseph Phillips, Layne Lee and Lynette Terry. He is also survived by his former wife of 23 years; Patty Pimental of San Jose.

A devoted father, he loved his boys beyond words; always looking forward to their adventurous camping trips where they truly had to “rough it”. A true kid at heart he loved Disneyland and went at least once a year. He was very creative and enjoyed wood working and was a very “hands on” man, making his boys their own black powder guns from scratch.   

Stanley was a professional bowler in the late ‘70s until the early ‘90s; throughout this time he made several appearances on the PBA tour. While at the top of his bowling career in 1988, Stan was diagnosed with MS. Never letting his disease slow him down, he bowled the last few years from his wheel chair. A very determined man, anything he set his mind to he would achieve it to perfection. He was also very brilliant; he had the great ability to teach his family and friends so much in life.

Always up for a new challenge, Stanley headed back to school and earned his AA degree at SJ Delta College; for most this was an easy task but for Stanley he had lost complete use of his hands and was unable to write. While attending Delta College he often had to struggle getting from class to class due to the campus not being “handicap friendly”; up for a new challenge he joined the campus committee and was soon working with disabled students and their families to help create a friendlier campus. During his 12 years on the committee, he made a huge impact for the students, even getting the school to offer these students more class choices.

Stan will be remembered best for always helping out others in need and who were less fortunate than him. He truly had a heart of gold.

Arrangements are under the direction of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, where a visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. Mr. Terry’s services and final resting are private. An online guest book is available for remembrances at www.plfryandson.com.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 
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