Stan Teggart

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Stanley was born in Islington, Ontario on August 7, 1932 to parents Moses and Charlotte (Thompson) Teggart. The Teggart family had immigrated from County Armagh, Northern Ireland just a few years prior to Stan's arrival. He joined older brothers Moses "Moe", Thomas, William "Wig" with brother John "Dodie" completing the family. The Teggart family operated a large market garden, selling produce to the Campbell Soup company and locally at the Kensington market. It was hard, laborious work, but allowed Moses and Charlotte to work side-by-side with their children and teach them many admirable lessons and traits through the boys early years. Market gardening also gave them a connection to the earth that would remain a theme throughout their lives. 

Stan attended nearby Richview Public School in his younger days. As he got older he had a few jobs outside the farm which included driving truck and hauling solid 12 inch concrete blocks by hand, much of which built the area of Toronto known today as Regent Park. One unique feature of the family farm was that it had its own boxing ring... probably to keep five growing boys entertained and in line! :)  Stan excelled at boxing. In the late 40's, after finishing a day's work at the market garden, he drove to New York State and proceeded to win a Golden Glove Heavyweight Championship. An amazing accomplishment, and one that he was extremely proud of.

In 1954, Stan joined the Toronto Township Police Department and later went on to work for the Chinguacousy Township Police Service. It was during this time that he met and married his wife, Elizabeth "Betty-Lou" Davis. The young couple were married on April 10, 1956 and called Marsden Cres. in Brampton home. Their family soon began to grow with the arrival of children, Bryan, Kelly, and Garry. 

In the mid 60's Stan became the Governor of the Norfolk County Jail, whereby the Teggart family relocated to Simcoe. In the early 70's he joined the Ontario Correctional Services as an Inspector with the Jails Branch. Once again, the Teggarts returned to Brampton, this time calling Terra Cotta Cres. home. In 1978, Stan purchased and moved with his family to a 10-acre parcel of land on the outskirts of Ballantrae. The property was beautiful, and Stan soon returned to his roots and began his own Market Garden known as Beech Hill Acres, where Garry was his #1 (and only) employee. Stan loved the outdoors, animals, birds, flowers, and gardening, so it was his paradise. However, if you ask his kids they may suggest otherwise! :) Just ask Garry about his time "thinning the carrots" or Kelly about her and her best friend's escapades toilet papering the outside of the house, only to have her dad come home early... yikes! All joking aside, Stan instilled in his children that they must work hard throughout their lives. Each day had a purpose, and something to accomplish, no matter how big or small. The Market Garden was his labour of love, along with raising German Shepherds, and he thoroughly enjoyed this work on evenings and weekends. 

In time Stan became the Assistant Administrator for Correctional Institutions in Southwestern Ontario. Stan was involved with a variety of other organizations and committees while working, including being the only Canadian member of the National Sheriffs Association. He was later promoted to Chief Inspector of the Investigation and Security Branch for all Correctional Services, a position he held until his retirement in 1991, following 38 years of service. Throughout his years in Correctional Services, Stan met many amazing people. He was a true gentleman to everyone he met, and was well-liked and respected in return. Stan Teggart was a role model to many, and he will live on through those traits he passed onto others.

After retirement, Stan found love again when he met Debbie Ann McCaslin. Debbie had a history in Correctional Services as well. The couple were married on July 30, 1999 and enjoyed spending their retirement together at their home in Nestleton.

As you can imagine, Stan did not want to just sit back and relax in retirement, he wanted to remain active, and that he did. He soon joined the Rolling Hills Golf Club team, as a groundskeeper. He loved being outside in nature and took great pride in maintaining the rough. I am also told that because of this, he never had to buy golf balls! :) Stan also worked as a Funeral Director's Assistant at Wagg Funeral Home in Port Perry. He was a perfect match for this role and often remarked on the satisfaction he received when working with a team of people who had a genuine interest in assisting families during a most difficult time. He remained a member of the Wagg team for 16 years.

Life was not all work for Stan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time. This also led him to collect an assortment of guns through the years as well. He loved traveling, with Hawaii being his favourite destination. Why Hawaii, you ask? Well in Stan's words, "There are no bugs and lots of birds!" :) He also enjoyed returning to Ireland and did this four times throughout his life. On his last time to Ireland, he was joined by Debbie and sons, Garry and Bryan. There they dedicated a lambeg drum from Stan and his brothers to the Loyal Orange Lodge 60 Northern Ireland, the Lodge their dad had attended years earlier.

Horse racing was another passion of Stan's. In his youth he became involved with Thoroughbreds, often travelling as far as Montreal and upstate New York to race. Once retired he again returned to racing, after a friend willed him a Standardbred horse. As luck would have it he met horse trainer Scotty MacKenzie, who became a very special friend for years to come. Stan also dipped his toe into auctioneering and became a licensed auctioneer, something he shared with Garry and Bryan. In his downtime, Stan enjoyed watching old Westerns, especially those featuring John Wayne as well as historical shows from the World Wars. When it came to music, it had to be classic country and the likes of George Jones and Charley Pride. He was a true country boy, enjoying meat, potatoes, and all the fixings, but his meat always had to be well done! Some of his favourite quotes included, "Don't worry about the things you have no control over" and "Leave no stone unturned." He was also known to say, "Right is right and wrong is wrong!"


Stan was a loving, caring man who was always on task. He was strong, hardworking, never complaining, and always willing to support those around him. Garry might have put it best: "Dad was the toughest SOB I ever met." He was a man with raw courage, true grit, and when it came to pain and suffering, a man of steel! His family and friends are so thankful for all the skills, traits, and memories he has left them. Sadly, with his passing, it feels like the end of an era.

Life forever changed for Stan in 2013 when his eldest son Bryan died after a courageous battle with cancer. In true Stan fashion, he delivered the eulogy at Bryan's funeral, honouring his family and their accomplishments. He and Debbie relocated to her hometown of Hanover in 2015 along with her mother Dorothy and their Wheatens, Guiness and Lurgon. As always, he continued to make improvements and update their home until recently when he felt it was complete. Stan passed away peacefully at Hanover & District Hospital on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in his 88th year. 

 

He left us quiet

His thoughts unknown

But left us a memory

We are proud to own.

So treasure him Lord

In your garden of rest

For when he was on earth

He was one of the best.

 
Beloved husband of Debbie McCaslin-Teggart. Loving father of Garry (Donna) of Lindsay, Kelly Teggart (Tom Hirschler) of Toronto and father-in-law of Laura Teggart of Wasaga Beach. Stan will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Cashlyn, Kylie, Bryan (Ellie), Brie (Yona), Andrew, Amy, and great-grandchildren Max, Henry, Molly, and Finn. Cherished brother of John (Marg) Teggart of Halton Hills and brother-in-law of Joan Teggart of Streetsville. Stan was predeceased by his son Bryan (2013), brothers Moe, Tom, William, and his parents Moses and Charlotte (Thompson) Teggart.

Finally, please remember that through all our sadness and heartache, Stan would want us to remember... "Don't forget to feed the birds!"

Private services will be held with inurnment to follow in Durham Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the Hanover & District Hospital Foundation or Ontario SPCA would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Kim Dowd Zaharia
August 13, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about your Loss. I’m not sure what to say, Other than I know you all thought the world of him and he will be missed by so many. He was a great man who led an amazing life and left everyone with some great memories????????
Elizabeth Sedlacek
August 1, 2020
Dear Kelly,
Our sincere condolences to you during this Difficult time. I remember the first day I met you how you spoke about your dad with such pride and happiness. You have such wonderful memories to carry with you.
With love,
Billie and Micheal
Bill Teggart
July 31, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Stan. He was loved and respected by so many for his wit, integrity and kind heart.

Uncle Stan was a mountain of a man with a personality to match. You would hear his deep bellowing voice before you entered the room. He would greet you with a beguiling smile and shake your hand with such strength that you felt it was a submission hold! Yet just as you felt your hand couldn’t take the pressure anymore, he would make a quip or tell a joke that would somehow make you forget about the pain in your hand.

He was a gifted story teller and loved to laugh. He always weaved-in his signature Irish wit to his stories. Our minds often return to times when Uncle Stan would be together with our late husband and father telling stories. By the end of the story, they would both be in tears they were laughing so hard. The bigger the audience the better and everyone would be bent over in stitches. All of us can learn the benefits of a good laugh from Uncle Stan.

He also had a kind heart and would offer encouragement and support when he felt it was merited. For me personally, I still have the impeccably hand written note on congratulations he sent me upon my graduation from law school almost 25 years ago. There is no question Uncle Stan had emotional intelligence before our social scientists came to acknowledge it.

Uncle Stan was also a great brother and friend to his older brother Bill - husband and Dad to us. In their youth, they would enter the boxing ring together. In later years it was always up for debate about who won their boxing matches and we’ll never know for sure. We expect though, that there were some unfortunate souls that regretted entering the ring with Uncle Stan. In their 20’s Uncle Stan joined the Toronto Township Police Force. After he was on the force for a few years, he encouraged his older brother to join the force. He did, and it was a decision that would impact all of us for the rest of our lives. We’re grateful Uncle Stan’s brotherly advice.

Through his hard work and grit Uncle Stan later rose the ranks of the Ontario correctional service. He was highly respected as a man of integrity and would later retire with great distinction. He leaves a legacy of service to the people of Ontario.

His greatest legacy, however is his family. We want to extend our sincere condolences to Debbie, Kelly, Garry, Laura, all of Uncle Stan’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. Please know that we share your sorrows. Our only hope is that your faith may assuage the anguish or your bereavement and leave you with the cherished memories of a great man. He was one-of-a-kind and will be missed.

No Surrender.

Bill Jr., Joan, Laurie, Nancy, Corey, Reighan and Sydney
Esther. McGee
July 31, 2020
Dearest Deb and family. DArcy and I send our deepest condolences on your loss. Stan was a great and gentleman. I am so happy I had a chance to meet him.
Kalin Vandenburg
July 31, 2020
Debbie, Sorry to hear Stan's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Big hugs.
Dennis & Connie Phillipson
July 31, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to the family. I have wonderful memories of working with Stan as a fellow inspector in Correctional Services. He was a man of great integrity, very down to earth and a hard worker. Connie also has fond memories of her many conversations with Stan and Sandy at Corrections Main Office. 

May Stan rest in eternal peace.
Rod Piukkala
July 30, 2020
Garry and family,
I so remember the meetings and conversations I had with your father over the years when I was in Peel. He was a gentleman and a pleasure to spend time with. His name (and yours) were mentioned often with Joan and young Bill at your uncle's visitation last year. My condolences upon the loss of a wonderful man and father. The last day always seems to come too soon!

All the best to you and your family.
Rod and Linda
Doreen Bell
July 30, 2020
All of the Teggart family from Northern Ireland are deeply saddened to learn of the sad passing of our dear cousin Stan, (named after our Dad, Stanley).

We enjoyed Stan's many visits, along with his wife Debbie, to our homes in Northern Ireland, and also when he welcomed us to his home in Canada.

We loved listening to his many tales of his upbringing in Canada, as much as he liked to hear about our homeland and upbringing here, where his parents, our Uncle Moses and Aunt Charlotte were born.

Stan was a fine man who worked hard all of his life, but he also had time for fun, and we will miss his many letters, telephone calls and emails.

The greatest loss of all will be felt by the family in Canada, but you will all have wonderful memories to share.

Our deepest sympathy goes to wife Debbie, son Garry, daughter Kelly, daughters-in-law Donna and Laura, son-in-law Tom, grandchildren, brother John, sisters-in-law Margaret and Joan, and many nephews and nieces.

Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Willie & Phyllis, Anne & Kenneth, Isobel & John, Doreen & Leslie, Pauline & Bill and families.
Karen Sullivan
July 30, 2020
Hi Deb, so sorry for your Loss, I did not get the chance to meet Stan, but his life accomplishments were remarkable, and I know that’s why you fell in love with him. Sending big hugs and thought and prayers in your time of sorrow.
Carol Moore
July 29, 2020
Hi Deb....I am so, so sorry to hear of Stan's passing.....although I never got the honour of meeting him, reading about his life adventures indicates a man who lived life to the fullest. Please know that I feel your pain (Keith was gone a year on the 20th) and if you EVER feel like talking, just call! Lots of love, Carol
Sandy MacMillan
July 29, 2020
Dear Deb:

Please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences to you, your families, and friends of Stan.

As you know, I had the distinct pleasure of working with him, he was the best boss that I ever had and a good friend. He was a man's man, a true gentleman, had a dry wit, was one of the strongest men that I ever met, would laugh when I winced when he shook my hand as did others and he was proud of his Irish heritage.

May the many good memories of the different facets of Stan give you comfort and strength as time passes. Know that the thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Stan has ended his watch honourably and he will be missed by all of us.

Sincerely,

Sandy & Kirby MacMillan

An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert Burns



Annemarie Craigen Denhert
July 29, 2020
Debbie, so sorry to learn of Stan’s passing. Big hugs to you my friend.
John Teggart
July 29, 2020
Remember when - I have many fond stories and memories of my life with my four brothers and reminiscing with friends and family helps me get through the loss of another great brother, Stan (the strong one!).
Thanks to Debbie for being Stan's rock, all the support and sacrifices she made to help him deal with his many health issues have made us very proud of her, together with Garty,
Donna and Kelly. A special thanks to Stan's granddaughter Kylie who gave her expertise and experience to help him through the final phase of his life. You can all be proud of being there for Stan and each other. Remember he strongly would not have allowed any of you to not do it his way anyway! My family send their condolences - my wife Marg, Tina and Derek, Lisa and Steve and Aron and Sarah all want you to know they are thinking of you.

Love, John
Jo-Anne Hockley
July 29, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Stans passing Deb.
He was an amazing man who accomplished so many things in his lifetime. He was so friendly and such a gentleman, when we came to visit he made us feel so welcome. The next few weeks will be difficult as u were use to caring for him. Will be thinking of u during this difficult time.
Jo-Anne Hockley
Annette Kelsey
July 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of Stans passing. Deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time
Fraser & Jessica Gibson
July 29, 2020
Garry and Donna,

Our deepest condolences to you and the family. We have no doubt that you made your father proud. As your friends, we so admire your sense of compassion and humour, and can only imagine how much joy you brought to your Dad. May all the wonderful memories you shared together bring you peace, comfort and a few good laughs during the difficult days ahead.

We are thankful to be apart of your lives and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.

All our love,

Fraser & Jessica
Connie Lyons
July 29, 2020
Deb. I am so sorry to hear such sad news. Stan was an amazing man with a smile for everyone. He was always so easy to be around and made me so comfortable when I came to visit. Stan was the kind of man that made the world a better place. He will be greatly missed.
Hang on tight to your memories.
Gus & Theone McCauley
July 29, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Sandy & Richard Ermel
July 28, 2020
Debbie, we are so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. May you find comfort in your memories. Hugs!
Mark K. Fletcher
July 28, 2020
I still remember the day that Stan walked into the Wagg Funeral Home looking for a part time job. I was impressed by this man from that time. We had a great working and personal relationship over the years. You could always count on Stan. You need to borrow something, you called Stan, you need something fixed, you called Stan, you needed anything or needed advise, you called Stan. Stan always made time for you and always took time to listen to you. When we were in the Hanover area we got together with Stan and Deb and even though we had not seen to much of each other in the last few years, the conversation would pick up just like u talked to each other just the other day. Stan may you Rest In Peace knowing that you touched many lives in a positive way.
Darlene
July 28, 2020
The Teggart brothers have/had a strong will. Thinking of all of you during this time of loss and the feeling of a void
Dianne and Dale Ahrens
July 28, 2020
Deepest Sympathies to you and your family. Hang in there! Hugs!
Darlene Gross
July 28, 2020
Debbie..I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Doug & Wendy
July 27, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of Stan's passing.
Please accept our condolences.
Doug & Wendy.

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“We had no concerns- worries, nothing, but confidence in the staff – we knew exactly how everything would happen and when - it was so nice not to have to concern ourselves with anything.”

Rebecca Becker

"I don't think there is anything more you or your staff could do."

Bernice Frook

"No improvement needed. We were pleased with everything."

Susan Taylor

“I would not have changed anything. Thanks very much – Nathan and staff.”

“New renovations are very inviting and warm. All your new cards and books are very heart warming and keepsakes.”

Valerie Long

"Staff were outstanding. Overall, it was great. Everything was perfect."

Susan Laver

“Staff is exceptional!... All needs were met.”

“Service was beyond expectations… Already recommended to various people.”

Steve Thomson

“Could not have been more useful – very satisfied! I would highly recommend Rhody Family. Thank you ever so much for your professionalism and expertise.”

Dave Hillier

“Honestly, you and your staff made this time in my life the best it could be and were extremely helpful, respectful, professional and accommodating to my needs and my family’s needs, especially providing me with a space to feed [my child] if needed. Thank you for everything”

Olivia Strucke

“Everything was perfect; it’s always nice to have lots of options.”

Kevin Dailey

“Thank you for all your empathy, compassion and professionalism. Our family… is very grateful that we chose Rhody Family Funeral Home to look after our loved one.”

Siobhan Bell

“Your services were excellent. Thank you again.”

Debbie Eidt

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