Goodbye to a well respected man

Stanley HartlandSt Mary’s Church in the Old Town was filled to capacity for the funeral of Professor Stanley Hartland, who has died at the age of 82. Stanley was a well-known figure in the village  since moving with his wife Ena into the newly rebuilt Mill House in Piccotts End nearly 14 years ago.  He was born on 29th October 1932 in Sheffield where his father was a baker.

He attended the local primary school and then went to Woodhouse Grammar School where he was head boy. The head teacher spotted his potential and he had to stay on for an extra year to study Latin for the Cambridge entrance exam. He achieved a state scholarship and went to St Catherine’s College in 1951. In 1952, Ena came to a secondary modern school in Cambridge and she and Stanley met at the Yorkshire Society.

Stanley achieved a double first in Chemical Engineering in 1955 and then went to work at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Risley.

Stanley and Ena were married in 1957 at Christchurch Woodhouse in Huddersfield where Ena had worshipped for many years. She recalls an amusing incident when they were driving into Chester. They drove down a one way street in the wrong direction and were stopped by a policeman. He said, I know you, up to your tricks again and directed them back. Stanley had been mistaken for Eric Morecambe. There was some resemblance especially because of the glasses Stanley wore at the time.

Stanley was very fond of Morecambe and Wise and their theme tune, Bring me Sunshine, was played at the crematorium.

In 1959, Stanley got a lectureship at Imperial College London and it was here that their two sons Andrew and David were born. In 1961 they moved to Nottingham where Sue was born. There was a new department of chemical engineering and Stanley was appointed as Reader.

In 1970, he was appointed to a professorship for a new department in chemical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He took some of his research students with him and the department was called Nottingham by the Alps!

Stanley retired in 1999 rather reluctantly at the age of 67. He hung on as long as he could, having thoroughly enjoyed the life in Zurich. He and Ena were originally looking for a home in St Albans to be near David as Andrew and Sue lived abroad. However, they heard that the Old Mill House in Hemel Hempstead was being rebuilt and decided to make their home there.

Stanley continued to enjoy both Bridge and golf during his retirement and although Ena’s interests were very different, he always supported her.

From his humble beginnings, he had come so far and is to be greatly admired.