Stanley Speer

Obituary of Stanley C. Speer

Belchertown, MA


Stanley C. Speer, 101, passed away April 30, 2024. Born Stanislaus Kowalewski in Worcester on July 16, 1922, he was the son of Charles and Stella Kowalewski, and youngest brother of Vincent, Hedwig, Helen, Loretta, Jack, and Josephine. Stanley honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1941-1947, obtaining the rank of radioman first class.  As a young man, he was athletic and was a champion swimmer in high school. Stanley obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1964. After many years teaching and counseling in the Springfield public school system, Dr. Speer served as professor of psychology at Springfield Technical Community College, where he was the head of the Social Science Division until his retirement in 1986. During this time, Dr. Speer conducted a private practice out of his home in Springfield.   

Stanley and his family lived in Ware for many years after his retirement. While on Beaver Lake, he enjoyed many hours of fishing and tying flies. He also played tennis at the Ludlow Tennis Club, and was a ferocious reader. In 1986, he and his late wife, Paulette, began wintering in Navarre, FL, and summering in Belchertown at Pine Valley Plantation. For the past few years, Stanley has enjoyed his home and community at Christopher Heights. In 2019, Stanley was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Paulette (Racine), and leaves behind children, Richard Speer of Springfield, Marie Cora of North Kingstown, RI, and Lynne Leveillee of Boston. His six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren will also cherish his memory. Stanley was the last surviving of his six siblings.  

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, May 11th at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Church, Allen St. in Springfield. Burial will be at a later date where Stanley and Paulette will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery in Ware. Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one's choice.

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Memorial Mass

11:00 am
Saturday, May 11, 2024
St. Patrick's Church
Allen St
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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