Stanley F. Moat
Stanley Franklyn Moat, 96, of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 29th. His wife of 66 years, Julie B. Moat, was by his side. Born in Germantown Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) on May 30th, 1927, his family soon moved to Cleveland where he spent his formative years At 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served the latter part of WWII aboard the USS Boxer aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.
With the GI bill in hand he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic in 1950 and followed up with a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1955.
Stan and Julie met in 1956, fell in love and were married on March 2nd, 1957. Leslie Anne (Leslie) arrived later in the year. The small family resided in Cleveland, OH for a few years but followed a new career opportunity with Furnival Machinery in Philadelphia, PA in the autumn of 1964. Elliott Andrew (Andy) was born soon after in early 1965. The family was completed with the birth of Julie Thompson (Jill) in spring of 1969.
Stan loved to downhill ski as well as playing lacrosse and tennis. He was a life time member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Always sharing his ambition to be a entrepreneur it was after a tennis game that a friend told him about an opportunity. In 1967 he followed up and purchased Contour Packaging Corp, in Manayunk PA. He spent 30 years supporting his family with continuous growth of the business. His efforts gained him recognition as a small business leader in Philadelphia; awarded both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award in 1984 and The 1990 Award of Merit from the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Small Business Advisory Council.
In retirement, Stan remained active in the local community. He was an active member of the St. Martin in the Fields parish as well the Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA). He was recognized for his efforts to to rebuild the CHCA offices in 2014 and again in 2016 for his time as the Trustee of the CHCA Fund and long standing board member.
While still President of Contour and into retirement one of Stan’s greatest thrills was to serve as a mentor for and financial supporter of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week which is an organization geared to support young entrepreneurial minds, including a summer program led by local business leaders. It is for this reason that we ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Foundation for Free Enterprise Education (website www.pfew.org).