Walter Joseph Stanislawski, Jr.

February 24, 1942 - August 6, 2019
Walter Joseph Stanislawski, Jr.

My husband and best friend Walter Joseph Stanislawski Jr (also known as Bud) born in Baltimore on Feb 24, 1942 passed away Aug 6, 2019 at 4:41am at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and was 77 years old. He lived in the Baltimore area until moving to Beaufort, NC in 2004. He was a resident of Beaufort in Howland Rock for 14 years and moved to the Wilmington area July of 2018.

He is predeceased by his father Walter Joseph Stanislawski Sr and his mother Blanche Dolores Hile Stanislawski.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of 23 years, stepdaughter Maria Lord (who he raised as his daughter) and 3 furballs (cats). Walt was retired after 37 years with the Social Security Administration as a computer specialist.

He was a boater, fisherman and loved classic cars. A car head from way back he drag raced cars in the 60s. He was a grandfather to all kids because they just gravitated toward him and vice versa.

He was a man in a class by himself. He was kind, trustworthy, genuine and loved to laugh. The world definitely lost one of the brighter lights when he passed. He was smart, funny and a true gentleman with love to offer anyone he met.

Memorial donations may be made to the Freedom Service Dogs of America or Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.

There will be a memorial for him in Leland, NC date TBA. There will also be one in the Baltimore area TBA.

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  • August 10, 2019
    The Maynard’s says:
    Barb, we are still in shock. Walt was one of a kind, so very special. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. RIP dear friend! Kathy and John

  • May 28, 2020
    Frank Sobchak says:
    Barbara- I worked with Walt at SSA 's Computer EDP systems on the Midnight shift back in 1968-69 when were gaining IBM systems & supervisory experience before going to day shift as Programmers. As an operator & programmer, Walt was always at the top of his game & kept things lively (just short of animal house) when things were boring & dull. We were all just a bunch of young mid 20 year old "hot shot" early self-proclaimed computer whiz & Walt was one of the sharpest of the bunch. I remember when we got off in the morning after midnight, whenever Walt was going out onto Security Blvd in his 1963 Chevy Impala, & he say me in my 1963 Ford Galaxie XL, Walt would try to get me at the stoplight so we could drag race down Security Blvd. Good memories of a unique time with a good group of guys. I'm sorry this is a late entry, but I attended a SSA Credit union "virtual meeting" where I learned of Walt's passing along with that of another previous board member and their past dedication was remember in a moment of silence. Back in the day, I used to see Walt in the Credit Union & we exchanged some memories of those old mainframe computer days, and of course, those drag races between both our 1963 cars (Chevy v. Ford). Believe it or not, I still have that 1963 Ford, tagged & insured. I can only now offer my sincere condolences at your loss but fond memories & good stories are the valued jewels of remembrance.

  • October 19, 2019
    Margery and Bill Ritchie says:
    Dear Barbara, Walt had a big personality augmented by his sincere, open heart. He always had a big smile, an amusing story to tell, and a way of making people feel good about themselves. He lives on in the kind acts and good that he did while here among us. His warmth, caring generosity, and fair mindedness will be sorely missed. The two of you were so good to and for each other. May loving memories of the life you shared comfort you during this time of sorrow.

  • September 03, 2019
    Lois Zavadil Herman says:
    Barbara, Please accept my deepest sympathy. Walt and i attended elementary school together from K-8 and lived in the same neighborhood. He was a very happy kid, always riding his bike through the neighborhood with his buddy John. Keeping you in prayer. Love, Lois

  • August 25, 2019
    Susan Jenkins says:
    I was saddened to hear of Walt’s passing. He was a nice guy with a great sense of humor. Wishing you peace and comfort.