Stanley David Wharton

Passed away on September 1, 2021

Stanley David Wharton, 67, of Norwood, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, peacefully at home with his wife and daughters by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Stanley was born in Arlington, the son of the late Stanley and Gilberte Roy Wharton. He graduated from Arlington High School, Northeastern University, and received his High-Tech MBA from D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Stanley worked as an Engineer for Teledyne for over twenty years. He enjoyed monthly breakfast get-togethers with his colleagues for forty years, a testament to the enduring relationships he established. He went on to work in the medical device field for the next 23 years. Stanley held many positions, including Director of Project Management to VP of QA, and worked for Waters Corporation, Abbott, Instrument Labs, and Medica. He was known for his work ethic, integrity, dignity, and his leadership. His calm yet tenacious demeanor was admirable as he always looked towards solutions to benefit all. Stanley was eager to help others and identified opportunities to lend a helping hand to others. He volunteered as a Board Member and Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Medical Development Group of Boston, and was a Board Member and Adult Volunteer Coordinator of the Norwood Food Pantry. He spent countless hours volunteering his many skills, such as handyman work and household repairs, to establishing and maintaining databases and schedules.

Stanley was an avid sailor and held a Captain’s license and ASA Sailing Instructor license. He had traveled extensively for his career and as vacations to Europe, Australia, Israel, and sailed in the Caribbean. Recently, he and his wife exchanged their love of travel from the sea to land with the purchase of an RV. Together they explored many National Parks and campgrounds, and made many visits to their grandchildren over the summer. He was thrilled to cheer them on in sporting events, spend quality time together, and celebrate milestones.

Stanley was a spiritual man and member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Norwood. Stanley made friends everywhere he went and there are many wonderful ways he made the world a better place for his family and friends. He was easygoing, unflappable, and his family’s “rock” through and through. Stanley approached all things in life with a sense of humor, persistence and tremendous patience. He was generous with his time and exceedingly compassionate. Stanley touched many lives with his kind spirit.

Stanley was the beloved husband of Katherine Rennie Wharton, with whom he cherished twenty years of marriage; devoted father of Colleen and her husband Todd Cassler, Sandra and her husband Jason Beaver; devoted stepfather of Nicolas Sousa and his wife Jess, and Heather Sousa; steadfast and loving brother of Jane Marie Wharton; proud Grampy of Mackenzie, Davis, Gavin, Kiley, Miles, and Quincy; cherished son-in-law of Emily and the late Doug Rennie of NJ; Survived by many Roy and Wharton cousins and great friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 9, from 3-7 PM at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, (Route 1A), Norwood.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Church, 150 Chapel Street, Norwood on Friday September 10 at 11 AM.

The family kindly asks that guests please wear a mask while attending visitation and services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stan’s memory may be made to the Norwood Food Pantry, 150 Chapel Street, Norwood, MA 02062, or to the Mass General Cancer Center:


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 10, 2021


Stanley David Wharton

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Nancy Finn

September 19, 2021

Katherine I was sadden to hear that Stan passed away. He was a delightful person.
I met him at MDG. It was my pleasure to work with him on the meeting registration s. Stan had a wonderful spirit and friendly to all. His work ethic was outstanding similar to myself. We had some interesting times at the MDG meeting registrations table . Stan was excellent at capturing the data. You were an asset to him . He will be greatly missed.
May he Rest In Peace. God took him to early and I will miss him too. Take care and let me know how you all are doing.

Jim Elliott

September 5, 2021

Stan the Man was my brother from another mother. We graduated from Arlington High School in 1971. During our high school years, we played street hockey together on Crescent Hill Avenue. We got to be close friends. I was honored when he asked me to be Godfather to his first born child, Colleen. Over the years, we stayed in touch even though my military service sent me to several locations in the USA and overseas. We had wonderful visits with each other over the years, in Massachusetts and Oklahoma. I feel honored that he, Katie, Colleen, Sandra, and Karen came into my life. The world will be a less interesting place without Stanley David Wharton, but I know he is in a much better place now. He was Boo Boo. I was Yogi. I love you, Boo Boo! Rest in peace, my brother.

Brian Holbrook

September 5, 2021

Dear Katherine and Family
We are sincerely sorry to learn of Stan’s untimely passing. His determination and defiance to win his battle over this illness is truly an amazing affirmation of his stallworth hope as is evident in Stan’s CareGiving Blog. We hope that you will take some comfort in knowing that Stan is in a better place and knowing what a wonderful, generous person, friend, captain, husband and father he was. We will miss Stan as an incredible person who shared a part of his life with us and we were so blessed to know him. God Bless you all during this difficult time.