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Tampa’s ‘Stan the Clock Man’ dies

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Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2013 at 04:09 PM

TAMPA — Stan Good was an avid collector, a prolific songwriter, a cartoonist and passionate about parrots. But he was best known as Stan the Clock Man, co-owner and operator of his shop on MacDill Avenue near Kennedy Boulevard.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native who opened Stan Good Clocks 37 years ago died Saturday. He was 67.

From a cluttered workshop at 107 S. MacDill he repaired and sold clocks, big and small. His best-known timepiece, displayed outside his shop, has become somewhat of a local landmark: Cantankerous Quincy, a 19-foot-high, 3,000-pound street clock.

In a 2011 Tampa Tribune interview about plans to sell his business, Good said, “I’d like to get retired while I’m still breathing.” He said he would continue to repair clocks, but from home. At the time, he was receiving disability for prostate cancer.

His cancer was in remission, said Good’s wife of 43 years and business partner, Dominique. “He was not doing too bad,” and remained active with the business and his many other interests, she said.

He collapsed Saturday at the business he loved. “He came to the shop, he drove the van, he parked it next to the shop and opened the door and fell right outside” and was then taken by ambulance to the hospital, Dominique said. An initial medical examiner ruling attributed the death to a heart attack, she said.

A sales contract for the property was signed in May, with closing scheduled for December, she added.

In addition to the many clocks Good owned, he amassed 1,300 mechanical fans, boasting the nation’s third-largest collection. He was an American Fan Collectors Association member and, at one time, planned a fan museum here.

Good’s trade dates to his year in Vietnam as an Army press corps cartoonist, when he began repairing clocks for officers. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, he began buying, repairing and reselling old clocks. “I had a fascination with clocks. I enjoy clocks because it’s a bit of a challenge,” he said in the 2011 interview.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave.

In addition to his wife, survivors include sons Max and Chris; brother Doug; sister Laura; and uncle Jim Kister.

gwilkens@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7124

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