As a young man Stanton was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. During his years of service he rose to the rank of Major. He believed in the importance of citizen participation in military service and had a continuing interest in military issues after his retirement from the militia.
A graduate of Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Trinity College, University of Toronto and of Osgoode Hall Law School, Stanton was an Assistant Crown Attorney for the the County of York and then practiced as a criminal defence lawyer in Toronto.
He married Elspeth and they had three sons: Dr. David, John, and Andrew.
Appointed a federal court judge in 1973, Stanton sat in Toronto and Bracebridge and frequently travelled to other courts around Ontario. A fair-minded man with a love of the law and a firm belief in the importance of justice for all, Stanton worked to ensure that all people who appeared before him understood the court procedures and believed their issues were considered fairly and their interests protected. He retired as a Superior Court Judge in 1999 after 26 years on the bench and had a happy retirement at his home on Mary Lake and his winter cottage in Weeki Wachee, Florida.
Stanton had a lifelong love of the outdoors, canoe tripping with his sons on northern rivers, racing Albacores in the Port Sydney Yacht Club (where he was a founding member) or simply paddling his canoe with his wife and a dog on Mary Lake.
He died in Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, 14 April 2013.