Stanisstreet, Peter Thomas
The funeral has taken place of Peter Thomas Stanisstreet of High Legh who died on February 27th 2013, aged 65. Peter was born in Dudley, West Midlands on December 15th 1947, the first child of Kath and Ray Stanisstreet, his sister Patricia being born 5 years later. He attended Woodside Junior School in Dudley and subsequently moved to Brierley Hill Grammar School where he excelled in Biology, which led to a move to Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1967 to study for a BSc degree in Biology. This is also where he met fellow Biology student Chris, who later became his wife. After graduating Peter’s first job was as a research assistant in the Biochemistry Department at Southampton University. On August 5th 1972 Peter married Chris at St John’s Church in High Legh and in 1974 he decided to achieve a childhood ambition to be a police officer by joining G.M.P. It was the start of an amazing, fulfilling future with many adventures and new experiences culminating in his becoming a traffic inspector on the “M” Division, in Old Trafford, with the joys of covering cricket matches, football matches and daily traffic flows into and out of the Trafford Centre, and the occasional high speed car chases, pop concerts and not so pleasant RTAs. Colleagues described him as a real gentleman and a great boss. In 1996 Peter received the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2002. His skilful handling of serious incidents was recognised by HM Coroner John Pollard, who in 2004, when Peter retired, commended him for his outstanding support and service. Post retirement Peter was an adviser for five years with Northwich C.A.B. a job he found immensely satisfying. Fellow advisers said that he was a great colleague to work alongside and that he cared deeply about his work and the people his advised. Sadly in 2011 he had to leave the C.A.B. due to illness. Peter had a wide range of interests including motorcycling on his BMW GS adventure, motor racing, listening to a wide range of music, photography, the theatre, dog walking throughout his life, travelling to places near and far and was also an avid reader and in his student days wrote two anthologies of poems. From 1982 to 1983 he ran seven marathons and raised money for the Research Trust for Metabolic Diseases in Children. He was a passionate spectator of many sports but his lifelong devotion of over 55 years, was to Aston Villa Football Club. Peter died on February 27th in Aintree Hospital following a 16 month battle against cancer. He touched the lives of a great many people and is very sadly missed by Chris and family, friends, neighbours and former colleagues. The funeral service was held at St John’s Church, High Leigh, officiated by Rev Jennifer Croft, followed by committal at Altrincham Crematorium and arranged by Dodgson’s Funeral Service, Knutsford.