Costantino (Stan) Primiani was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1924 to Giovanni and Luisa, shortly after they emigrated from Italy.
At 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. He served as a gunner on the HMS Assiniboine destroyer, and was in Brest, France, on D-Day protecting the HMS Warspite from the U-Boats coming out of Brest while the bombing occurred in the invasion.

After surviving the war (without any injury!), he returned to Montreal where he met the love of his life, Barbara, to whom he was married to until her passing in 2013. Stan passed away peacefully on 10 Sept 2017.