Stanley Joseph Sliva, a member of ILWU Local #24 and lifelong resident of Aberdeen, Washington., passed away from pneumonia and a stroke on Jan. 12, 2020, at Swedish Hospital. Stan was born in Aberdeen, Washington on May 27, 1953, to Anne (Missel) and Henry Sliva. He attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1972. He went on to earn his Associate of Arts Degree from Grays Harbor College in 1974. On Sept. 25, 1976, Stan married his high school sweetheart Sue Crawford. Together they raised two children, Joe and Jody Sliva on the Harbor and built a wonderful family together.He began his career as a longshoreman in 1976, with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union #24 where he was an active working member until his passing. He was an advocate for Unions and fair Labor practice and served on several committees within his Local including the Labor Relations Committee and Safety Committee. He greatly cherished his friendships with his fellow union brothers and sisters.In his youth and up until his passing, Stan enjoyed spending summers at his family cabin on Hood Canal. His passions included playing the electric and bass guitar in the bands Nation, and Karl J and the Americans. He loved attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and coached baseball from Little League up to Senior Legion, where he helped coach the Aberdeen Rainiers to a State and Regional Championships. Stan loved hunting deer and elk and spent his younger years hunting up on the Hoh River. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, who brought him so much joy and getting the family together for a pierogi dinner.Stan is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sue, son Joe (Angie) Sliva and grandson Keaton, daughter Jody (Nate) Axtell and grandson Noah and granddaughters’ Emma, Anna, Ruby, Leah and Sadie, brother John (Martie) Sliva and sister LuAnne (Anthony) Stricevich and his many relatives and close friends.A private Committal Service took place at Fern Hill Cemetery with Fr. Francis Arulappan officiating.Family and friends of the Sliva family are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, from 1-4 p.m. at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen. The family suggest memorials be made to St. Mary’s School, 518 N. H St, Aberdeen, WA 98520, or Montesano Little League, PO Box 424, Montesano, WA 98563.
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