Stan passed away peacefully at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto on December 1,2020 at a young age of 73, after a short battle with leukemia. He was the beloved husband of Debra [or dolls, as he affectionately called her].
Stan was born in Mumbai, India to Cajetan and Theodolina Couto [predeceased]. Stan was predeceased by his four siblings, Anita and Bernard [Semelhago], Cecil Couto, Beryl Couto, Joyce Kazi. Brother in law to Tyrone/Benita Paul, Eleanor/Erryl Dsylva, Lily Couto, and Shaukat Kazi.
Stan was a loving father who took great pride in his three children, Jillian/Vern Phoenix, David [predeceased] and Craig Couto. His grandchildren, Callum Phoenix and Alice Rose Phoenix were the love of his life. He doted on them.
Stan began his career in Mazagon Docks, India as a Marine Engineering Apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship, he joined Scindia Steam Navigation as a 5th Engineer. Stan's career spanned two decades at sea working for international shipping companies: Wallems Shipping, Mollers and finally ending his sea career with Mobil Oil as Chief Engineer of oil tankers. Patience, tenacity and hard work enabled him to be a competent and professional chief engineer. He gave up sea life to be with his young family.
Canada was the choice he made to bring up his children. Settling in Canada meant shifting gears, his career took a different path and he re-qualified to become a chief operating engineer for oil and gas companies: IGI International Waxes, Petro Canada and Transalta. After retirement, he worked as a consultant for Unilever and University Health Network.
Travel was his passion, first at sea and then many leisure trips to different parts of the world. He spanned the entire globe and often amused his family and friends with interesting anecdotes.
He was a man of simple tastes. He loved music and enjoyed listening to it loud especially when he was alone at home. He knew the lyrics of many songs and was often heard prompting the words during a sing song session. His sense of humour and gentle style made most people laugh.
Stan had great faith and trust in God. He would never begin his day before his prayers and said them even to the end. His passing has left a great void in our family and he will certainly be missed and remembered by his many friends as, Stan The Man.
We will have a celebration of his life in the style he liked after we are safe to get together.
Donations in his name can be made to Princess Margaret and to The Cancer Research Society.