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Stanley Elmer Allen III, known to family and friends as Mickey, passed away peacefully in his Ipswich home of natural causes on October 9, 2023.
Born in May of 1949 to Stanley Elmer Allen Jr. (Al) and Mary Horgan Allen, he was raised on Grant Avenue in Hamilton, MA, graduating from Hamilton Wenham High and Mass Trade Schools before serving in the US Army.
As a child Mickey divided his time between his family home in Hamilton and the family camp in Casco, ME, on the banks of the Crooked River. His love of that area brought him back year after year, spending weeks at a time in Maine enjoying the outdoors. Most of the stories he’d tell of that time in his life involved his two brothers, Marty, the next youngest, and Danny, the baby of the family. In later years, stories of waterskiing up the river, working on an endless parade of drag cars, and generally getting up to no good were a constant around the campfire.
After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1971 he returned home to Hamilton, reuniting with his long-time love Joan (Joni) Warren of Ipswich, whom he married in 1972. They settled on Great Neck in Ipswich where they raised two children, Melissa, and Matthew.
In his younger life Mickey worked in automotive garages in Hamilton and Ipswich. He began a career supporting the airlines in 1977, first with Eastern Airlines, then with United Airlines, working as a ground support equipment mechanic for more than two decades.
Living on the Neck in Ipswich Mickey took full advantage of the natural surroundings, and with every outing had Melissa and Matthew in tow. From walking knee deep through the tide flats to go clamming (which often ended in having to rescue Matt’s boots from the muck), to catching flounder to bait the lobster traps (which usually meant Joni had to go to the shellfish company to pick up a few pounds), to teaching the kids how to put the lobster to sleep with a light touch. Splitting firewood, changing the oil in the family’s car, and building the garage at home and his father’s barn in Maine were all opportunities for him to impart his wisdom and work ethic on his children. Adventures at home were blended with adventures across the US, with trips to California, visits to the Grand Canyon, and several trips to Orlando for a visit to Disneyworld.
As the kids grew up and found their own way through college and into the real world, Mickey and Joni took advantage of the empty nest to explore – trips with Joni’s sister Sandie and her husband Benny to the west coast, multiple visits to Las Vegas, cruises, and the occasional Disney trip. Those vacations continue to bring joy to the entire family as they recall the adventures, misadventures and near constant laughter.
Following his time with Eastern Airlines and United, Mickey embarked on a business of his own, taking over an airport supply operation and turning it into a successful business spanning nearly 20 years. Mickey was the guy that everyone went to when the questions of, “where can we get…?” or “how can we…?” were raised by his clients at Delta, American, United and others.
In the middle-90s Mickey partnered with his brother Danny to open the Causeway Marina in Naples, ME. Throughout the years at the marina Mickey and Joni developed many friendships and continued to enjoy their time in Naples as well as the family camp in Casco. Mickey delighted in watching his nephew Jesse grow from the kid who spent his days fishing the docks to stepping up to take over the marina operations – incredibly proud of his accomplishments.
To Mickey family was everything, and to his family, Mickey was everything. He was the one that we all went to when we needed help, and he was quick to drop anything to lend a hand. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, and he will never leave our thoughts.
Mickey is survived by his wife Joni; daughter Melissa Allen; son Matthew Allen and his wife Deborah Allen; grandchildren Grace, Audrey, and Phoebe; his brother Daniel (Danny) Allen and his wife Dawn of Naples, ME, and his four nephews DJ, Jesse, Zach, and Jonathan.
Mickey is predeceased by his father, Stanley Elmer Allen Jr, his mother Mary Horgan Allen, and his younger brother Martin (Marty) Allen.
A private funeral service will be held Saturday October 14th. at 11:00 A.M. at the Morris Funeral Home 45 North Main Street, Ipswich. Burial with military honors will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be held Friday October 13th. from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Mickey’s name to: the Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home Hospice Gift Processing Center 41 Mall Road Burlington, MA 01805. To send a letter of condolence to the Allen family please go to: MorrisFH.com .