Munro College Old Boys Association

Stanley Richard Darville

The Bahamas, the chain of islands that Columbus found in 1492 when he landed on Watling Islands and thought he was off the coast of Cathay (China). Stanley Richard Darville, Jnr., was born in 1953 while his father was Commissioner of Grand Bahamas, one of the 20 major islands of The Bahamas chain of islands. Between the 1950s and 1970’s, each of the major islands was administered by a commissioner who was periodically moved from island to island. The constant movement of Stanley Darville Jnr and his sister Elizabeth was deemed unsettling by parents Stanley Darville, Snr and his wife Christina. Elizabeth, who was five years older than Stanley, was therefore sent to Hampton and Stanley to Munro.

In 1964, Stanley entered Munro College, Coke House, second form, and like most new boys, faced the difficulties of adjustment. After a tough and toughening first year, he “got the hang of what it meant to be a Munro Boy and embraced the tradition and the opportunities”. He made many friends who became his “family group” as his parents could not afford to visit for events in which he was involved.

The individual who had the greatest impact on him was Ken Walton. Ken convinced him that it was sacrificial love that motivated the uncomfortable separation. Stanley says, “I could ask for no greater honour than to be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with this tiny giant of a man”.

Stanley acquired seven O’Levels and went on to get his A’Levels in Biology and Physics. His extracurricular interests throughout his seven years at Munro were Scouts and the Photography Club. His main passion was football for which he represented Munro at all levels: the Under-13 Elron Cup, Under-15 Galloway Cup, and Under-19 DaCosta Cup for four years, the last of which saw him as captain, earning him colours and a position on the All DaCosta team. He had a specialization too – the taking of corners. In rifle shooting, he was on the team for four years, earning colours. In his last two years he served as alternative (jockey) in tennis and track and field

Stanley attended UWI for two years, then went back home and worked for two years in the Bahamas. He then attended Loyola College (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Computer Science. He played football for Concordia and in 1976 Concordia won the Canadian National Championship in an undefeated season. This team was later inducted into the Concordia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1979, he returned to Nassau and taught O’Level Biology for five years. He then joined the Burroughs Corporation (an international computer company) for seven years before leaving to become an independent IT Consultant. In 1996, he became a partner in Fourth Terrace Diagnostic Centre, his sister’s radiology practice with responsibility for non-medical affairs including IT and product development. Stanley’s dive into radiology, like the proverbial duck to water, could be connected to his interest in photography as a boy at Munro along with his A‘Level Biology and Physics. In 2016, Stanley’s son Simon, an attorney, joined the practice as the in-house Legal Consultant and Managing Director and has led capably since.

Stanley’s penchant for football and strong governance saw him playing an integral role in the refereeing of the game between 1993 and 2004, serving as National Senior League Referee. Later, in 2009, Stanley became a FIFA International Referee Instructor and served as CONCACAF and FIFA International Referee Assessor until 2013 when he served for two years as a Member of the CONCACAF Referees’ Committee with responsibility for implementing and interpreting the Laws of the Game.

The date of his becoming interested in the MCOBA is unclear to him, but it involved a request to assist a DaCosta Cup player who could not afford his last year at Munro. His assistance initiated his interest in the DaCosta Cup team as a whole at Munro and he helped to fund the squad for a few years before taking a break. During this break, Quiz Manager, Telroy Morgan asked him to assist the Schools’ Challenge Quiz Team. Once again his commitment rose to the fore as he has been dedicated to the quiz team for more than eight years – journeying with them through the highs and the lows.

Stanley’s support of MCOBA was heralded by Mrs Blake of the MCOBA Secretariat. She relayed how Stanley responded to the call when the association needed assistance clearing some unpaid pills. In trying to deflect too much attention from his generosity, Stanley would instead try to shift focus, calling Mrs Blake “a really good sales lady”.

In 2004, Stanley married Judy Nembhard (nee Johndro), creating a blended family with four children. Stanley had his two sons Simon and Jordon while Judy had daughter Jessica and son Stefan. The couple love to cook and travel.

Stanley “Dickey” Darville is known as a gentleman by his contemporaries and as a faithful friend of Munro.

Today, for the above and other reasons, we proudly induct Mr. Stanley Richard Darville into the Munro College Old Boys Association Hall of Fame.

Posted on: January 31st, 2024