Tribute – Stanley Dixon

Stan Dixon

On 15th September we said farewell to Stan Dixon, our 2nd Horn player.  Stan had only been at the Citadel for two years having transferred from the Attercliffe Temple Corps when it closed in November 2010, but he will be remembered as a truly great Christian gentleman who was loved by all for his kindness and sense of humour.  Stan arrived at Attercliffe as a young man where, after his war service, he married Doreen in 1950 but was sadly left a widower in 1976 when Doreen died of cancer, leaving Stan and their son Nigel.  Nigel later married Cheryl Oates whose father was a euphonium player at the Citadel and eventually transferred to the Citadel with Cheryl and their three sons.

During his time at Attercliffe Stan served as Corps Sergeant Major, Corps Treasurer and YPSM as well as being a bandsman and songster, and in 2008 he was presented with a certificate of 70 years service as a bandsman by Dr Stephen Cobb the ISB Bandmaster.  The influence Stan had on people was shown by the number of young men attending his funeral who had all been members of his SABAC group.  Stan was a member of the South Yorkshire Fellowship Band and when Attercliffe closed and he moved to The Citadel he was delighted at the age of 87 to be asked to play in the Citadel band, a duty he was able to do until just 6 weeks before his Promotion to Glory aged 89.

It was a privilege to have known Stan – the epitome of a gentleman, who worked unselfishly for his Lord, was never derogatory about anyone and who lived a life to which we should all aspire.

Tribute written by Gerald Brooks

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