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Obituary for Stanley Cygelman

Stanley Cygelman passed away at his home in Winchester, MA on February 23, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born in Warsaw, Poland on February 3, 1947 and was the youngest child of Leo and Lea Cygelman. His family immigrated to Sweden, and then the United States in January 1953, ultimately settling in Vineland, New Jersey.

Stan graduated from MIT in 1968 with a degree in chemistry, but then pursued a law degree by attending night school at Suffolk University School of Law, graduating in 1977. It was a profession well suited to his keen intellect, highly defined analytic ability, tremendous work ethic and dedication to achieving the optimal outcome for his clients. His client relations spanned years and sometimes even decades, with many clients becoming close friends. The final and most satisfying chapter of his career was spent at Casner & Edwards, Boston, where he truly enjoyed the camaraderie of his colleagues.

Early in his legal career, he met his wife, Jane Elizabeth Jones, a fellow lawyer. They loved discussing and analyzing legal issues, and formed a deep and abiding bond, viewing the world and life through a similar lens. They shared a beautiful married life for 36 years, made that much richer by the birth of their daughter, Jacqueline A. Cygelman, in 1991. Stan was the family photographer, music maker, travel agent, weather forecaster, master repairman, and absolute rock for Jane and Jackie. They adored him, and will forever love and miss him.

Stan faced every aspect of life with fierce determination. He had a sly wit, was stubborn and honest almost to a fault, and possessed unassailable integrity. He was always willing to lend a hand or his intellect, which he did quietly without ever calling attention to himself or seeking recognition. Having grown up with few material benefits, he nevertheless pursued and became quite adept at tennis and squash, and later in life developed an absolute obsession with the game of golf. But it was skiing, which he took up after college, that was his ultimate passion, an enthusiasm he passed on to Jackie. He just marveled at the majesty of mountains, especially the Alps, and elegantly maneuvered down slopes, his body at one with the mountain. His two favorite places on earth were Chamonix, France and Alta, Utah.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his son-in-law, Parker Moody, his sister, Mary (Charles) Burke, his brother, Eugene (Fern) Cygelman, his nieces, Andrea Cygelman, Helene (Darwin) Paz, and Julia Burke (Malcolm Harris), his cousins, Adele Cygelman (Robert Moore) and Melanie Cygelman, his brother-in-law, Richard (Anne) Jones, and his sister-in-law, Susan Jones, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate care provided by Dr. Jeffrey Clark and all the others from the Mass General Cancer Center who were involved in Stan’s medical treatment.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stanley's memory may be made to MIT’s First Generation Fund at .

Calling hours will be held at the Lane Funeral Home in Winchester, MA on Monday, March 6 th from 5-7pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited, and the family requests that those attending wear a mask.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life for Stanley at 11:30am on Sunday, May 21st at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven St, Dedham, MA 02026. Celebration will be followed by a light luncheon reception.