Terry Stankunas

Oct 17, 1940 – Dec 10, 2017
Terrence Stankunas peacefully departed December 10th, 2017. Terry was a 40-year resident of South Surrey, regularly seen riding his recumbent quadricycle in the community.

Terry was born on October 17th, 1940 in Lethbridge, Alberta. His Lithuanian-immigrant parents Connie and Thomas raised him with sisters Anne Smith, Stevie Leet, and Dell Vossbrinck. Terry studied learning psychology at the University of Alberta, leading to lifelong scholarship encompassing the sciences and arts.

A “mountain man” at heart, Terry explored remote areas of the Canadian Rockies during his formative years. Terry had a particular fondness for flyfishing, photography, and sharing “mountain stories in 50 words or less”.

Terry married Joan MacKenzie (divorced) in 1973. The couple moved to South Surrey in 1977 with their two children, Karen and Kryn. Terry engaged in home construction, community planning, teaching, soccer coaching, children’s play resources, digital electronics, and other interests.

Terry later returned to his adventuring roots through solo cycling journeys. Terry developed recumbent vehicles, including his latest quad “Q6”, to travel through varied terrain to “remote desert sites of greater interest.”

Terry was a “philosopher craftsman” who pursued all his endeavors with exceptional consideration, precision, and dedication. He embellished both the everyday and out-of-the-ordinary — from delightful home-cooked meals to unique philosophical writings, ecological gardening, and meticulous fabrication. Terry’s uncompromising approach to life enduringly inspires his family – including daughter-in-law Vidusha Devasthali and grandson Anand – and friends.

Terry was grateful to live in Kiwanis Park Place non-profit housing for the past 17 years. He advocated for folks who are unable to fully fit society’s expectations.

Please support individuals and grassroots organizations like the Crescent Housing Society that pursue similar ideals at the community level.


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