Stan, Bucky, Grandpa, Big Stan

Stanley Howard Way

(1938-2023)

Info about funeral events


Stanley Howard Way
, the father of Tom Way, Computing Sciences professor at Villanova University, died on Friday, August 4, 2023, at the age of 85. He was born April 28, 1938 in Washington, DC, and lived for most of his life in Rockville, Maryland.

Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie, and sister and brother-in-law, Alice and George Todd. He is survived by children Tom (Annie), John, Melinda Doyle (Ray E.), and Julie Ventaloro (Chris), and grandchildren Emma, Ray S., Luke, J.T., Mellie, Brady, and Ned.

His extended family includes his sister Margaret Thompson (John), and a couple of generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins in Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Dad and Mom

Stan was the kindest and gentlest person you'd ever want to meet. He was a wonderful dad and grandfather, and loved his wife Laurie, who we lost in 2013, more than anything.

In Stan's youth, his brother-in-law George nicknamed him "Bucky" after the famed player-manager Stanley "Bucky" Harris of the 1924 World Series winning Washington Senators. That name stuck, and those who were closest to him always called him "Bucky." He loved that.

He was a proud 1960 grad of Penn State University, and was always representin'.

For many years, he lived with Myasthenia Gravis. He was a determined and cheerful survivor. He went from being diagnosed, at age 44, after being unable to jog a single block to running a 26.2 mile marathon just three years later.

Dad out for a run
Dad in a 5K race


He got the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation online in the early days of the Internet first as a page on Prodigy and later as its original webmaster, ultimately helping thousands of others living with MG all over the world.

In later years, he developed Parkinson's Disease, and frequently volunteered for medical studies so that he might help others living with the disease.

Stan worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for 50 years. His work included designing atmospheric analysis devices that went on planetary probes to Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and beyond. His scientific travels took him to many far off places, including Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia, and some of his devices are now outside of our solar system. His favorite mission was the Cassini/Huygens Probe, where his experiment traveled to Saturn and explored the planet and its moons for 13 years. Another favorite was the Galileo Probe, which determined the composition of the Jovian atmosphere.

He volunteered his time in the community, and was an early, public advocate for the Rock Creek Trail Bikeway, which now spans over 16 miles and connects with a network of hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Metro DC Area. Typical of his advocacy is this letter encouraging sensible development of a new light rail line.

His kindness transformed many lives, including those of his family. He loved putting a grandkid or two into the “capsule” which he towed behind his bicycle on many a long ride through Rock Creek Park. An avid genealogist, he helped to trace his roots back to two ancestors, William Bradford and John Howland, who arrived in America on the Mayflower. And he greatly enjoyed spending time with his large, extended family, and helped to organize many annual family picnics.

The whole family in 2012

In the early years of my magic career, Dad was my unofficial manager, handling advertising and promotion. Along with my mom, he also drove me to gigs before I was old enough to drive and was my roadie, lugging cases and props in and out of various venues, large and small.

This is Dad and me after a magic show I presented in October 2022 at The Cardinal, the memory care and skilled nursing facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, that was his home for two years.

Magic Tom and Magic Stan

Nothing would make Stan happier than if you randomly did something kind for somebody today.


Funeral Events

Visitation: Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Mass: Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Read my eulogy for Dad.

Burial: Following mass, there will be a 1:00 p.m. interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD.

Reception: There will be a gathering following the interment at Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Rd., Rockville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:

Additional information is available on Legacy.com. Here is the eulogy that Tom wrote and presented at Stan's funeral on August 23, 2023. Here is the obituary and video on the Collins Funeral Home website.


Penny loves her grandpa
Bucky as a teenager

 

 

Updated Wednesday, August 16, 2023