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“Deb and Family we are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. He was such a great man an a great teacher and principle. Our prayers and thoughts are with...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Denise Wenhold - Portsmouth, NH

“Deb, we didn't realize how great John was until recently. We wish we had known him better. He certainly will be missed by many. Our thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: John Merrill - Phoenix, AZ

“From the family of John Stokel;The kids and I would like to thank our family, friends, and the community for the overwhelming expressions of love and...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“It was my pleasure to work with John for 23 years. He was always a Leader and always always a Gentleman. (and my coffee buddy). Will miss him...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Plante - Kittery Point, ME

“Dear Debbie, Ed & Pat,I was so sorry to hear about John passing away. John, Ed and I were fraternity brothers at Keene State. Have known the family...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Joe DeStefano - Vero Beach, FL

“I was so blessed to be Mr. Stokel's chaplain at the end of his life while at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. His wife was loving and at his bedside ...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Chaplain Elissa Kaplan Senter - NH

“John was a giant of a man in so many ways. We are very grateful for the gentle but firm way he shepherded our four children through the Junior High...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Dick and Rita Rozek - Portsmouth

“Condolences to this wonderful family. I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Stokel's passing - one of the "greats" of Portsmouth; always the consummate...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanie Eastman Ryan - Rye, NH

“Sorry for your loss Aunt Deb. I was fortunate to have uncle John as a math teacher in Jr. High. The families had so many good times together and he...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Chuck Beaulier - Chandler, AR


10 of 26 | Posted by: Chuck Beaulier - Chandler, AZ

“Dear Deb,My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace and strength in the days to come. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Amy Helton-Holt - Sanford, ME

“Judi and I were deeply saddened to hear of John's passing.I knew him as a parent of three sons who attended the Junior HIgh/Middle School and also...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Charlie Griffin - Portsmouth, NH

“I've known John since I was on the School Board 1992-1995. in June of 2015 I witnessed the most touching scene outside the Middle School. I was on...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Brad Lown - Portsmouth, NH

“To the Stokel Family, Mr. Stokel always had an open door and would listen to any of his students. He helped me with a couple of hard things that had...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Jones - Daleville, AL

“Stokel Family,I have really fond memories growing up spending a lot of time together at your house, and through numerous years of basketball and...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Jason Carrier - White Plains, NY

“Sending prayers pat to you and all john family ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Brenda Rose

“Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you Deb and your family. I will always remember Mr. Stokel teaching the metric system when I was in 8th grade...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: sherry chagaris - newmarket, NH

“Please accept my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of knowing John (Trucky) when we attended Keene State where he served as President of our...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Rich Colbert - Bristol, CT

“Debby, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing . I am so happy that I was able to see him the first of the summer. When he came into The Clipp Joint...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Laurie,Dan and Elizabeth

“Our deepest sympathies to the Stokel family. John was a great person to know. May God Bless the family through the coming days. John and Betty...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“He had a gift like no other.. helping pave the way for so many. A Portsmouth community blessing who's not only provided his students with guidance...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Jenica Minezzi - Rollinsford, NH

“Dear Debbie,My most sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. jJohn will always remain lovingly in the hearts of all those who knew him.I love...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Debbie, Comfort, Peace and Hope to You and Your Family in this time of sadness. Sincerely, Dana Francois & Family ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the Stokel family,John was a wonderful man with that great smile. I enjoyed my five years at PMS teaching Social Studies ...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Ann Boulanger - Milton, NH

“The passing of not just a principal.but a great human being! I only got to know john stokel for a short two years as my boss and co worker at the...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Tracy Rilfe - Milton, NH

“I just heard about the passing of one of the most amazing and dedicated principals ever...mr.stokel was my principal back in the late 80's ,also was...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Melissa Merrill - Rochester, NH


John was born on August 9, 1950 and passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

John was a resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the time of passing.

John lived in Portsmouth his entire life and was a graduate of Saint Patrick's School and Portsmouth High School.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, September 12th, 1:00PM-3:00PM and 5:00PM-8:00PM at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 11:00AM at the Immaculate Conception Church, Sumer Street, Portsmouth, NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The John M. Stokel Memorial Fund at TD Bank, 333 State Street, Portsmouth, NH, 03801.

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