Eugene Thomas Stanley Jr., 43, passed away at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Saturday, December 31, 2022, following a courageous battle with Transverse Myelitis. J.R. was born in Calais on January 19, 1979, son of Eugene Stanley Sr. and Bonnie (Sockabasin) Stanley Collins.
J.R. attended school in Calais and worked in the blueberry fields. He worked with Hoosick Falls Production for the filming in Eastport of Murder in Small Town X. He worked for several years as a surveyor, traveling throughout the United States. J.R. moved to Albuquerque, NM where he was a manager for a window manufacturing company. He also worked as an auto mechanic and carpenter in Texas until his diagnosis with Transverse Myelitis. After his diagnosis, he moved back home to Pleasant Point. J.R. had a love for theatre and acted in Peer Gynt and the Passamaquoddy Passion Play. He enjoyed golfing, working on cars, music, and traveling.
J.R. was predeceased by his father, Eugene Stanley Sr. Surviving are his mother Bonnie Collins and husband Lewis of Perry; a sister Mariah McPhail and husband Daryl of Newport; brother Cecil Stanley and companion Reena Newell of Princeton; four nephews, Stephen Francis Jr., Ezra Soctomah, Stanley Sockabasin, all of Pleasant Point, and Ewan McPhail of Newport; two nieces, Nola Soctomah of Pleasant Point and Kiarrah Newell of Princeton; his life-partner Johnny Suniga of Texas; canine companion Lady; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.