Fond memories of diver Stan

Stan Bradley
Stan Bradley

A SCARBOROUGH craftsman who was instrumental in setting up the town’s Sub-Aqua Club branch has died.

Stan Bradley, who was born in Falsgrave, also became involved with several local charities before retiring to Europe with wife Gilly in 1990.

They eventually settled at a property near Mojacar, Spain, where Stan passed away on April 25, aged 82.

Gilly said: “He will be hugely missed and lovingly remembered by me, his friends of many nationalities, by his great pals in Scarborough and his son Giles.

“Stan’s wish was to leave his body to medical science. He wanted no funeral, no tears and for all that knew him to understand that your glass should always be half full and never half empty.”

In his youth, Stan completed an apprenticeship and became a second-generation craftsman, painter and decorator. After undertaking his National Service Stan took over his father’s business, H.G Bradley & Sons, in the early 1950s while also teaching City and Guilds courses in heraldry and painting and decorating in the evening.

He was passionate about photography, water skiing and flying light aircraft, and an interest in scuba diving led to him joining the York branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club.

He then set up Sirocco Suits, which manufactured diving suits and imported diving equipment into the UK.

In 1960, Stan was instrumental in setting up the Scarborough branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club with friends, which is still going strong today.

The group marked their 50th anniversary last year, and although Stan was too ill to attend a celebratory dinner, he sent his best wishes.

In the early 1960s, he worked for Westinghouse Undersea Division supplying professional divers, many of whom were Scarborough men, on North Sea drilling rigs.

With Gilly, Stan then set up a vehicle rental company, which would keep the couple busy for 20 years.

They retired in 1990 and toured Europe before settling in Spain.

However Stan, despite enjoying an active life full of walking, travelling and making and flying model aeroplanes, always kept in touch with his many friends in Scarborough.

Gilly added: “He was a great correspondent, keeping his family and friends informed and amused with detailed letters during his travels.”

During his life Stan was a governor at Woodlands School and dressed up annually as Father Christmas for the Valley Road branch of MENCAP.

He also joined the Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary Club soon after its inception and supported PAWS animal charity as treasurer and shopfitter. Colin Lawson, former chairman of Scarborough Sub-Aqua Club, said: “Stan became well known around Scarborough and beyond for establishing and progressing the sport of sub-aqua diving in the North of England.

“As a personal friend, I always found him full of enthusiasm and interest for all things Scarborough and a very generous host. A true friend to many, Stan will be greatly missed and long remembered.”