On Dec. 4, members of the Fair Haven Historical Society and other community members paid homage to the late Stanley M. Alday, a friend, neighbor and local historian. The memorial gathering followed Aldays death, from natural causes, on Nov. 21. He was 59 years old. Alday lived at the Fair Haven Marble Mansion Inn on West Park Place. Christmas was Aldays favorite time of the year, and with his many friends he decorated the Marble Mansion Inn opening his home for tours to benefit the Fair Haven Historical Society. This year would have been the third annual tour. Alday, originally from Tampa, Fla., occupied the smallest room of the mansion, even though it consists of 13 bedrooms with private baths. Before relocating to Vermont approximately four years ago, Alday had a successful real estate career, owned several Hallmark stores in the Orlando area, and hosted seven foreign exchange students while living in Florida. Upon Aldays arrival in Fair Haven, he joined the Fair Haven Historical Society and completely restored and renovated the mansion with the assistance of MaryAnn Moss. The original structure came into existence in 1868 built by Ira C. Allen, a prominent Fair Haven businessman and politician. As his friends said, Stan described his style as elegant whimsy d_r. Aileen Durkee stated, Stan enjoyed mixing objects in the house with priceless versus TJ Maxx. No one could tell the difference. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into that place. I can still remember photos of the blank orange living room, now in a soft butter cream shade. Oh, not to panic anyone, but the grandfather clocks Stan always wound stopped ticking at exactly 20 to 12 the day of his passing. One of the grandfather clocks was made in England in 1780. Ironically, this clock stops at 12, running in cycles, and the hanging French clock dates to 1740. Victoria Angis, Fair Haven Historical Society president, called the Dec. 4 meeting to order with a moment of silence for Stan, not one of sadness but one of gratitude and a generous heart. Alday had an open door policy and welcomed community groups, local schools, special meetings, events, receptions, weddings, as well as the annual Christmas tour. In the main hallway and throughout the house are pineapples symbolizing hospitality and welcome, quite appropriate for a man that greeted all that crossed the threshold of the Fair Haven Mansion Inn. Community and society members added their comments about Alday: Rick Wilson said, We were fellow antique collectors meeting at Vermont auctions. I really miss him. Betty Barnouw added, We were very, very close neighbors. He especially enjoyed the RAW vegetables from my garden. June Wilcha said, He just loved my deviled eggs. Aileen Durkee smiled when she noted that, Stan was not a man to cook. Ceil Hunt added, Yes, a very big house, but a very small kitchen. You could only fit about three people in there and could not pass by if the oven door were open. Jeanette Ranney stated, I loved the way Stan put you at ease. He never put on airs. We used to share information about our Chihuahuas. Stan had two Chihuahuas, now living with dear friends and relatives. No matter what, he would always remain calm in the midst of crisis. For example, when two years ago the carriage house burned down, Stan took it in stride and brushed it off. Hunt added, There was another time the house was filled with over 50 students and relatives who had free reign of the house, and Stan would say, No big deal. Other times with a full house, Alday simply strolled out to his gazebo and smoked his pipe. Miriam Sherman said, One time while dining at the Trak-Inn, my daughter said, I dont know who it is, but a nice looking man is eating your dessert. Kevin Durkee concluded the Dec. 4 gathering when he said, Stan was a mentor, fellow dreamer of big dreams, but most of all a friend. He will be missed.