Joseph “Roy” Stanfar – Obituary – Mahoning Valley

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May 22, 1935 – Sep 30, 2021 (86 years old)

WARREN – Joseph “Roy” Stanfar, 86, a Campbell alumnus, died Thursday morning (September 30) at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Youngstown.

Roy was born on May 22, 1935 in Struthers, son of Joseph F. and Helen (Sneck) Stanfar.

Roy was a 1953 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.

He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. Upon his return home, Roy began his career as a firefighter with the Town of Campbell Fire Department. He proudly served for 30 years and retired as Fire Chief in 1995.

After his retirement, Roy moved to Warren with his wife, Judy. They were married on March 16, 1996.

They were members of the Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament, where they served on the mourning committee. Roy enjoyed working with wood, doing home improvement projects and listening to the Cleveland Indians on the radio.

He was an audiobook enthusiast who loved westerns and everything about Louis L’Amour.

Roy enjoyed making wine and spending time with his family and friends.

Roy is survived by his wife, Judy Stanfar; children Anthony (Karen) Stanfar of Strongsville and Michael (Loraine) Stanfar of Canfield; stepchildren Christina “Tina” Austin (Tim Batten) of Garrettsville and Jeffrey (Nicole) Austin of Aurora; grandchildren Nina Stanfar, Mia Stanfar, Joseph Stanfar and Kennedy Austin; and one sister, Janet (Stephen) Soltis of Campbell.

In addition to his parents, Roy was predeceased by his wife, Colleen Stanfar; and his sister Patricia Costello.

His family would especially like to thank Roy’s compassionate friends and healthcare professionals Rosemary March and Jahala (Gigi) March. Additional thanks go to the dedicated nurses and physicians at MICU and Compassion Care at St. Elizabeth’s in downtown Youngstown. His family would also like to thank Roy for teaching them to face adversity with dignity and grace.

Family and friends can visit and pay homage to Roy on Tuesday (October 5) from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren. A Christian funeral mass will follow at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 381 Robbins Ave., Niles. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to wear a mask.

A private funeral will be held at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Roy’s honor to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tenn. 38105.

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