John MacMurray Stanton
December 14, 1932 – April 30, 2020
John MacMurray Stanton died peacefully at The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hyannis, MA on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Because of COVID-19, Mr. Stanton’s family was not able to be by his side, a heartache for all who loved him.
Mr. Stanton was born on December 14, 1932 in Scranton, PA to the Rev. Dr. John H. Stanton of N. Cohocton, NY and Helen MacMurray Stanton of Olean, NY. John grew up in Westmont, PA (a suburb of Johnstown) but spent his childhood summers on Cape Cod. He graduated from Grove City College in Grove City, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
Following his tour of duty in the Army from which John was Honorably Discharged as a 1st LT, he began his lifelong career in retail. Mr. Stanton’s early management positions were with Kaufmans Dept. Stores in PA and Filene’s Dept. Stores in MA. After his retail store experience, John became a Manufacturer’s Representative for Health-Tex Children’s Clothing and Levi Strauss & Co.
In 1981, John and his wife Marcy purchased and managed The Studio of Duxbury, a fine gift and decorative accessory store in Duxbury, MA. Over the next 35 years, the couple expanded their retail space and, with the help of their loyal staff and customers, grew their business to be a landmark in Duxbury and surrounding towns.
John was committed to supporting his community. He was an active member of the Duxbury Business Association, twice president of the Duxbury Rotary Club, past president of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors and served on several boards and committees at Pilgrim Church in Duxbury.
In July 2015, the Stantons retired to Yarmouth Port, MA on Cape Cod and sold the business in March of 2016.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marcy (Marcella Tompkins Stanton), his sister Helen Stanton Seward of Yarmouth Port, MA, his two sons, John Stanton (Sondi) of Woburn, MA and Kennebunkport, ME, Douglas Stanton (Gail) of West Townsend, MA and three grandchildren, Jay Stanton (Nicole) of Boston, MA, Jennifer Tramontozzi (Jared) of Hudson, NH, and Danielle Stanton of West Townsend, MA.
John was predeceased by his sisters, Priscilla Stanton Waters and Barbara Gaillard MeNear, both formerly of East Dennis, MA and his former wife Marilyn Watt Stanton, the mother of his sons.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in John’s Memory to the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (32 Court St. Plymouth, MA 02360) would mean a great deal to his family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
John MacMurray Stanton
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May 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing, his smile was infectious and his voice carried an energy and comfort that literally popped back into my mind as soon as I read about this. I know words can’t replace him but knowing you and John there is an amazing community around you who will lift you up and hold you! Sending you my prayers for strength-Elyse
Georgia Taft Pye
May 14, 2020
Thinking of you with much sympathy. You two were such a team! It is so very difficult to lose your teammate!
Anne Marie Oxner-Dixon
May 13, 2020
Dear Marcy and family, I was so sorry to learn of John's passing. It was always a pleasure interacting with you folks at The Studio Duxbury during your 35 years of ownership. A favorite store for many in Duxbury. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. May your many happy memories sustain you.
Anne Marie Oxner-Dixon
Kathy and Bob Hubby
May 13, 2020
John had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us on our toes.
We will miss him.
May 12, 2020
One more crazy event in these crazy times. I was so sad to hear that the Covid mess prohibited more contact with John. I hope you are able to take walks on the beach and find some peace and reflection. Please know that you are always welcome in Vermont once we get through this crazy time. You are one of the last threads to my childhood. I miss you and think of you often.
Take care Marcella.
May 7, 2020
It was with much sadness that I read of the passing of your beloved John.I,being a widow myself,can understand the grief you are feeling.I know how devoted you were to each other.I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you as well as to the rest of the family.I hope to see you soon.
Your friend,Sharron,from Royal 2
May 6, 2020
I loved John. He was the kind of guy that seemed to look forward to being teased just so he could return the favor. His smile and sense of humor made him always a fun person to be around. My mom and I were saddened to learn of his passing when watching the online service at DU church. I will definitely miss him and miss telling him to "behave himself" and to "knock it off" when he was doing absolutely nothing, just to watch him smile and get a rise out of him and hopefully a little needling in return.
He was the one who would, when I was sitting at the bar at the Royal II, minding my own business, I'll have you know, who would come up to me and tell me to take it easy on "that stuff" pointing to the pint in front of me that the bartender had refilled 3-4 times on a hot day . . . with ice water. You see, he knew I rarely drank alcohol but often take my meals at the restaurant bar.
I will miss him a lot.
May 5, 2020
Please accept my condolences at the passing of John. I have many happy memories of you and John so wonderfully running The Studio together. John would stand watch, and always had a pleasant word or two with me. In his own way, he was an institution in town. He will be missed by many people. I am holding John, you, and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Nancy Chadwick
May 4, 2020
So very sorry to learn of John’s passing. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Mary and Merle
May 1, 2020
Marcy, we are so sorry. John - and you - were regular smiling faces at church. Please let us know if there is anything you need.
Best, Cheryl & Michael Cerbone