Stanley P. Godleski
16 November, 1924 – 3 June, 2021
Stanley P. Godleski died June 3, 2021 Stanley was born in Cliffside Park, New Jersey on November 16, 1924 the son of Bronislaw and Helena Godlewski, Polish immigrants. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 70 years Alexandra (Alice) and much loved children Zenia McAllister, Kristina Landino and Karen Cochran, grandchildren Zenia McAllister, Zachary McAllister, Brittnee Hagerty , Jesse Adams and great granddaughter Olivia Hagerty and great grandsons Milo Hagerty and Harrison McAllister, nephews and nieces Jean Claude Godlewski, Joanne Godlewski , Helena Wisniewski Chesson, Lori Goulette and Brent Godlewski. Stanley was a World War II Veteran. He met his older brother Eugene on Omaha Beach ten days after D Day. Stanley served as a medic in a field hospital. His hospital was attached to an infantry division, which liberated Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. The human suffering in this camp was horrendous. At wars end, Stanley took his discharge in Vienna, Austria and was employed by the U.S. Army as a civilian employee. He needed time to plan for his future. After nine months he returned to the United States. He was accepted at Montclair University as a social studies major and achieved his BA degree in 1949 and his MA degree in 1951. Thanks to the GI Bill. While an undergraduate he was selected to serve as a delegate of South Africa to a model United Nations session in New York City. A very enriching and challenging event. He was awarded a Doctor of Education degree from Rutgers University in 1961. Stanley and Alice were married in 1951 and established residence in South Plainfield, NJ. There Stanley taught and later became an elementary school principal. He was an active member of his community. He served as member and president of The Lions Club, Chairman of The Youth Guidance Council, an elected Board of Education and president. He was awarded the first Outstanding Young Man of the Year award by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of South Plainfield in 1958. His professional career included principalships in South Plainfield, Chatham Township Middle School, Adamsville Middle School, Bridgewater and the first Principal of Bridgewater Raritan High School East, in Bridgewater, NJ. Assignments he cherished. He also served as chairman of visiting committees for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was privileged to share in the evaluation of several secondary schools as chairman of the committee. Stanley was an active leader of the Alumni Association of the School Education of Rutgers University. He was awarded a distinguished services award at a special alumni event in 1970. He was selected to serve as an alumni representative on the Board of Trustees Rutgers University. In 1982 he and his wife moved to Siesta Key, Florida. He was active here with AARP as State Director, a Board member of Tidewell Hospice, senior advisory of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Chair of Senior Advisory for Sarasota County Commission, President of Funeral Consumer Alliance, and member of ethics committee of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Stanley and Alice enjoyed cruising and have been on 32 cruises over the years. He was invited to serve on the Florida State Legislative Committee on End of Life Care, and the committee on Tele Medicine as a senior representative. In 2003, he was awarded the C.Colburn Hardy Older Advocates Award. In 2007 he was awarded the Tidewell Cecily Saunders Humanitarian Award. Tidewell Hospice recognized him as an Emeritus member upon his retirement from Tidewell. Stan had a peaceful passing surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters. Burial took place at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.
Graveside Service with military honors
Tuesday, 8 June , 2021
Stanley P. Godleski
6 July 2021
I had the pleasure of being Dr. Godlewski’s secretary when he was Assistant Superintendent of Schools in South Plainfield for about a year before I left for a new job. I enjoyed working for Dr. Godlewski as he was a kind and gentle man, always such a gentleman. My condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace.
1 July 2021
I think all who knew Stanley would agree he was an exceptional human being!
I always enjoyed hearing his perspective! He was generous with his presence, kindness and wisdom! I especially enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with him after meetings!
He will be greatly missed and remembered always!
1 July 2021
Condolences to Stan’s family and everyone who was blessed to know him. I knew him through his volunteering with the Bioethics Committee and the Senior Advisory Council at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was such a kind and gentle man. The world was a better place with him in it. He will be greatly missed by many.
Mary Anne McKay
30 June 2021
It was my pleasure and honor to serve with Stanley on the Senior Advisory Council at Sarasota Memorial. I had no idea he had celebrated so many birthdays!! He was always so bright and engaged and contributed so much!! He will be missed but his was a life well lived!!
30 June 2021
A sweet and lovely man whose gentle demeanor was ever present. We were on the Bioethics Committee at Sarasota Memorial together, and I always looked forward to seeing Stanley and his “hello dear heart.” It was my privilege to know him. Miriam Lacher
27 June 2021
I worked with Stanley for a number of years as he moved up the ranks of AARP Florida leadership and the years he served as AARP State Director for Florida. He was always thoughtful, kind, generous and interested in the lives and welfare of others. He lived his life well and was loved by many. My thoughts remain with his loving and supportive family
23 June 2021
My condolences to the family of Dr.Godleski.He was the finest person I had the privilege of working for at BRHS EAST. He interviewed and chose the original staff that opened a new high school in Bridgwater. It was a tremendous group of dedicated professionals and with his leadership we became a number one educational institution. He was the best and thanks to the family for sharing him.
22 June 2021
Dr. Godleski was my first principal when I started teaching at Bridgewater-Raritan East in 1968. He was a good man to work for as he was fair, hardworking, passionate and organized. He got EAST off to a great start. Know that he touched the lives of many people in a good way and made a difference in many lives. My thoughts to the family.
21 June 2021
I, and all others, were blessed by Dr. Godleski‘s leadership in a brand new situation at BRHS-E that could have gone any way.
Based upon his presence at the helm, and his selection of top notch, absolutely outstanding faculty and administrators, Dr. Godleski and his team set high standards and the new school flourished in so many areas.
My condolences to Dr. Godleski’s family and all those who remember him.
Fr Frank Lenz
5 June 2021
The loss of a loved one leaves such a painful hole in our lives, we often forget that a Joyful Space has been filled in Paradise...
May HE who is the God of Comfort bring you all, Healing and Strength.
I will offer my Mass on Tuesday for his intention and for the consolation of his family.
GO IN PEACE, STANLEY!