from 1948. He married Doreen in 1950 and they had three sons – Ian (Marty), Roy and Vernon. In the early 1960s he was enticed, along with hundreds of other Brits, to New Zealand. But the job of chief draughtsman at Nivens in Palmerston North was restrictive and in 1969 he moved to Tokoroa to work at the Kinleith mill as a project engineer.
His retirement in 1986 simply meant he increased his community service.
Mr Pilott served at president of the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club during the 1980s and helped with the town’s budget advice organisation.
Following the death of wife Doreen three years ago he also joined Lions and became president of the Tokoroa RSA.
To his family he was the man with the Beautiful Mind. His comprehension of maths was extraordinary and his ability to teach it successfully remarkable. The man who left school at 14 spent retirement time at Forest View teaching seventh formers. The first students of his no-nonsense approach were in technical schools, mathematics and engineering classes in Britain, Palmerston North and finally Tokoroa.
In 1991 he enrolled at Massey University and six years of corre- spondence study saw him capped with a bachelor of science in maths.
Those maths skills were also sought by clubs and from 1964 he began an involvement with soccer clubs as treasurer, firstly with Thistle in Palmerston North, then with Tokoroa – where he also found himself controlling matters on the field as a referee.
He gained his New Zealand badge and continued to referee well into his 80s for Tokoroa women’s and school teams.
Stan and Doreen Pilott were also well known throughout clubs in the Waikato for their ballroom dancing and would often travel great distances to find a band that would play their type of music. The couple, who met in a dance hall, passed on their talents through classes in Tokoroa.
One of their three sons, Vernon, remains in Tokoroa with wife Sue as owner of Pilott Automotive. Marty once taught at Tokoroa High and is now manager of a language school in Wellington, and Roy, whose work career began at the South Waikato News in 1975, is editor of the Taranaki Daily News.
Mr Pilott’s funeral was held last Friday at the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club.