The Rotary Club of Brisbane received the sad news on 27th July that its long-serving member, Stan Francis had passed away peacefully with his family that morning. Stan was a member f Rotary for over 45 years, more than 40 of those with the Rotary Club of Brisbane. A stalwart of the club, Stan was instrumental in the establishment of Donations in Kind in Queensland and a long-time supporter and organiser for Rotary's Youth Exchange Programme just to name some highlights. Generations of Brisbane Rotarians learned the Rotary way of cooking sausages for fundraisers from Stan. Stan will be sorely missed at meetings for his gentle but sharp sense of humour. It is fitting that Stan's Rotary In Memoriam be written by our longest serving member, Wal Bishop AM.
Stan is a legend to me in his time and one of the most loyal supporters I have had the pleasure to number among my many business supporters, Associates and friends.
Stan joined me at Wallace Bishop when I advertised for Watchmakers.  He and Pauline moved from Charleville with 3 very young boys to help with the Workshop overload.
My first shop outside the Brisbane CBD was in Toowoomba and Stan moved there as Manager for the shop.  Joining Stan was Len Clyde, a member of Rotary Club of Toowoomba who soon got Stan involved in Rotary.
From there Stan and Pauline moved to Brisbane to Manage our shop on the corner of Queen and Edward Streets and Stan moved his Rotary Membership to Rotary Club of Brisbane where he became involved in and interested in Rotary’s International activities with the exchange student programmes.
Stan helped so much with the growth of Wallace Bishop and assumed the role of General Manager which he fulfilled very well for many years until his retirement.
I missed his help very much and although Wallace Bishop went on to grow from strength to strength, Stan’s legacy and natural understanding for business were of immense value to me personally and the business.
I thank Stan and Pauline for their support, loyalty and friendship over the many years of our wonderful association.
Wallace Bishop and Rotary are the better for Stanley James Francis being involved.
Thank you Stan – may you Rest In Peace.