A surprise birthday party was held on Saturday, Oct. 3, for one of Milford’s former head librarians, Stanley B. Carman, who turned 90 on Sept. 10.

The party was given by his son, Captain Gregory J. Carman of the Milford Fire Department, and daughter, Victoria S. Carman, both from Milford.

Approximately 60 guests gathered for the event at Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall in Milford.

Among the guests were former library director Jean Tsang and Masons from the Ansantawae Lodge. Carman was Thrice Illustrious Master of Adam Sattig Council #35, Royal and Select Masters. Others from Eastern Star Lucia Chapter #25 were present, as were people connected with the Indian River Grange, with which Carman also was affiliated.

Parishioners from St. Peter’s Church attended as did a host of neighbors, family and other friends.

The half sheet open Bible cake was made at Emerald’s Bakery in Milford, filled with chocolate mousse and adorned with a picture of Carman as an 18-year-old United States Army soldier.

The parish hall stage held posters of Carman’s achievements and three collages of pictures. The largest presentation was that of Carman receiving the Librarian Emeritus commendation in 1987. With that was a proclamation from former Mayor Alberta Jagoe stating that Friday, June 19, 1987 was Stanley Carman Day in Milford.

Daniel Gregory, former wastewater foreman for the City of Milford, said, “Mr. Carman truly is the finest gentleman I have ever met. Truly a king among men.

“Growing up, I longed for a role model, because my own father passed away while I was still in my formative years, only a child at 9 years old,” Gregory said. “I realize now that Mr. Carman has been that father figure. It is my honor to have him in my life.”

Robert Cooper, long time friend, said, “Stanley Carman at 90 is still sharp as a tack, funny, witty, a true joy to be around. His family and friends came out to honor and celebrate a man who served the City of Milford and his country with loyalty and pride.”

Carman cut his birthday cake with the cake knife from his own wedding to his beloved Florence in 1956.

Carman lives today in Independent Living at Masonicare of Wallingford.