It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of Stanley Bitel, founder of Rowley Spring and Stamping.
BITEL, STANLEY P. born October 16, 1921, founder and owner of Rowley Spring and Stamping Corporation in Bristol, CT, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was the loving husband of the late Florence Kovitch Bitel and beloved father of Darlene Bitel Krammer (and Ludwig), of Chicago, IL, Camilla Bitel Farrell Russolino (and Larry), of Portsmouth, RI, and adoring grandfather of Andreas and Nicholas Krammer of Chicago, IL and Dean Russolino of Portsmouth, RI. He also leaves many nieces and nephews behind. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Mary Folcik, and brothers, Vincent, Frank, Joseph, Walter, and John Bitel. Stanley Bitel was the son of immigrant parents, Stanley and Anna (Kapish) Bitel who settled in Southington, CT with their beautiful family of seven children, of which Stanley was the second youngest. They worked hard and were driven by the importance of faith, education, and the promise of a better life. Stanley graduated from the University of Connecticut. He then joined the United States Navy and became an accomplished Naval Aviation Officer. In 1954, Stanley started his own spring business in the garage of his home residence on Rowley Street in Berlin and the business is still flourishing today, now located in Bristol, Connecticut. Stanley’s motto was that with determination, drive, and a strong team, success was sure to be achieved with anything he set his mind to. Stanley’s strong work ethic was only matched by his love of his family and zest for life! Stanley was active in various civil and professional organizations over the years; he was a Trustee of St. Paul’s Church in Kensington, CT, a NESMA Board Member, and Bristol Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Award Recipient. As an avid golfer, he was a member at Chippannee Country Club in Bristol, CT, Farmington Country Club, and Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, CT. He shared many wonderful memories with dear and special friends on golf courses around the world, and he proudly achieved a hole in one at the Wianno Golf Course in Cape Cod! He was a devout and spiritual person and served as a Lector at St. Paul’s for many years. If there was evera fundraiser or raffle, Stanley was the first person to be on board to spearhead the cause. His favorite charities included St. Paul’s and the American Cancer Society, after losing his adoring wife to breast cancer in 1987. To share a memory with his family, please visit http://www.newingtonmemorial.com.