Stanton “Stan” Bond, 69, of Montgomery, a longtime Republican leader in Kane County died Feb. 13 of kidney cancer, his family and friends said.
“He was one of the kindest, nicest people,” his friend Ken Shepro, chairman of the Kane County Central Republican Committee said. “We didn’t always agree politically, but he was just one of the kindest gentlemen.”
Bond was the party leader for Kane County's western townships and represented the 14th Congressional District as one of 18 Illinois Republican State Central Committeemen that are the governing body of the state’s Republican party, Shepro said.
“Everybody really loved Stan. Even if they didn’t agree with everything he was doing, he just had that way about him," Shepro said.
Bond learned of his diagnosis on election day last year, Shepro said.
"It was incredibly aggressive. This all happened in three months," Shepro said. "It’s very devastating to those of us who knew him.”
Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt said their two families had become close over the past dozen years.
“He had courageous conviction in the things he believed in,” Hunt said. “And while he was just absolutely determined to support and maintain certain values that he felt were important to him, he was always able to do it in a way that was not confrontational. You could have have a disagreement on an issue and not feel like you emerged from a fight. He was the consummate diplomat.”
Bond was dedicated to his family, his friends and his community, Hunt said, describing him as a natural public servant.
“He found ways to benefit those around him. He formed a neighborhood watch. He and his wife started a Free Little Library,” Hunt said. “He was truly once-in-a-lifetime. To have an opportunity to have a friendship with him, I consider myself blessed.”
Bond had served on the Batavia Public Library Board and as a precinct committeeman. After moving to Montgomery, Bond served as precinct committeeman in Sugar Grove Township, volunteered as a Neighborhood Watch Area Leader, was a founding member with his wife of the Montgomery Foundation, and served seven years as a village trustee in Montgomery.
In a statement posted on the village's website, Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley said he was deeply saddened by Stan Bond’s death and that the village’s flags were lowered to half-staff in his honor.
“As anyone who knew Stan can attest, he fully embodied the qualities of a public servant,” according to Brolley's statement. “His deliberate, thoughtful and responsible leadership was matched only by his joyful sense of humor."
Bond worked in advertising, becoming founder and president of Hamilton and Bond Advertising Inc. More recently, he was chief deputy clerk at the Kane County Clerk’s Office, then became business process coordinator for the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Bond lost a GOP primary challenge to incumbent Jack Cunningham Kane County Clerk last year.
Marion Bond said they would have been married 40 years in May.
“He made a big difference for a lot of people and we are very glad to have had him for as long as we did,” Marion Bond said.
The couple started a business together, worked together and enjoyed boating, fishing, riding motorcycles and target shooting, Marion Bond said.
Marion Bond said she and her husband were founding members of the Montgomery Foundation, which gives $1,000 college scholarships to assist high school students.
Visitation is at 10 a.m. to the time of the funeral at 1 p.m. Feb. 16, at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery.