Monday, September 9, 2013

In Memory Of Tuxedo Stan, Halifax's First Feline Mayoral Candidate



A bright light in the world of feline politics was extinguished over the weekend, with the death of Tuxedo Stanley, the cat who achieved fame for running for mayor of Halifax in the 2012 election. 

Stan, who ran on the platform of "A chicken in every pot and a litter box in every house," gained endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper, as he advocated for equal and humane treatment for cats throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, and the rest of the world. 

He died from kidney cancer, and went over the bridge while lying on his favorite rainbow rug, his owners announced yesterday on the Tuxedo Party Facebook page. He was only three years old.



Stan was not officially allowed to run in last year's mayoral race, but when asked if they would actually vote for a cat mayor, over 58% of readers in a CBC News poll responded, "Of course, Stan is the purrrfect candidate."

Shortly before his passing, supporter Henri, le Chat Noir offered up some sage parting words for his fellow tuxedo cat, writing, "Stan, losing you would certainly be a sad loss for the world but remember, as Seneca once said, "The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity." You have done a lot of good for a lot of cats. Safe travels, brother."



Stan is survived by his owners, Hugh and Kathy Chisholm, and his brother Earl Gray who intends to uphold his legacy by running for premier in the upcoming provincial election.



This picture of Stan lounging on his rainbow rug was posted on his Facebook page last month. I think it's a fitting, and touching tribute to the politically minded feline, who dedicated his short life to improving the welfare of cats everywhere.

RIP Stan. You will be greatly missed, and never be forgotten.

Via Facebook (Tuxedo Party)


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17 comments:

Jenn said...

Stan was such a handsome kitty. I would vote for a feline candidate over a human any day!

RIP Stan. <3

katsrus said...

I did not know of him but; very sad to hear of his passing. Sure was a good looking fella. I would vote for him too. Hugs and purrs for his family.
Sue B

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Not another kitty going to the Bridge :,( There have been too many leaving us lately.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Stan was so young but cancer isn't choosy about age. RIP, Stan.

And good luck to his brother Earl Grey.

Anonymous said...

Stan was such a handsome kitty - my condolences to his family. Stan is now on the Other Side of the Rainbow Bridge - whole & healthy - campaigning & playing with the other kitty spirits!

Anonymous said...

My cats Rosie and Tasha say rest in peace Stan. You will not be forgotten. XXO

John Nettle said...

RIP Stan. Onward...

Anonymous said...

Oh, in the second picture, the one of him sitting on the grass, he looks as though he has a pair of black angel's wings. RIP sweetest Stan, luminous angel.

Krabbers2 said...

Stan was a fine feline and will be sorely missed, RIP Stan. . .

Donna Davis said...

We followed your activities constantly, RIP Stan, be with you later. . .your fans in Maryland Tarzan and Roxanne. . .

Shelley Rogers said...

Sorry to hear of the passing of Stan....may he be surrounded by sunlight and many mice to chase in his other life.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful eulogy...

Donna Blair said...

I was so sad th hear of Stan's untimely passing. I know Earl will be up to the huge task Stan left for him. My condolences to Stan's loving family.

Emma said...


What a beautiful boy. He was much loved in his far too short life. Our thoughts are with Stan's family and a big pet to Earl.

Stacy Gipson said...

Stan, may you now be your owners' guardian angel. You've changed many lives, humans and cats alike. Thank you for the amazing life you lead, you will not be forgotten.

Hugh Chisholm said...

What a wonderful tribute to our little celebrity cat! Thank you for this. We miss him a lot but we are comforted by the love and support from around the world.

Diana said...

This hits close to home because my tuxedo cat has intestinal lymphoma.

RIP Stan, I am glad you are not in any pain. You are in heaven now with the most beautiful rainbows and sunbeams. On earth you will be remembered as the handsome and honest politician cat. In the world of politics you were a true diamond in the rough. I know that Earl Gray will carry your on your work and legacy.
Tuxedo Party forever!

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