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Paul A. Stokinger
May 26, 2024


Paul Stokinger, 71, of Whitman passed away on Sunday, May 26 at the Beth Israel Hospital’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Boston. While saying goodbye to Paul was extremely difficult, the doctors, nurses, and medical staff there were extremely professional and highly skilled. They provided Paul, and us, with the most compassionate passing we could possibly imagine.

Born in Boston in 1953, the son of William H. and Winnifred R. (Walsh) Stokinger, Paul graduated from Boston College High School and Suffolk University. Paul was proud to be one of the first co-captains of the BC High soccer team. Originally from South Boston, Paul’s first job was at Sullivan’s Island. He worked for years as a Systems Analyst but his real passion was getting involved in the local community. Between coaching, leading the local Cub Scout Pack, and volunteering in endeavors around town like the Haunted House - Paul was always leaving his mark. But above all else, his proudest moment was coaching the Whitman boys’ soccer team to a State Championship. After retirement, he worked as a Monitor for North River Collaborative, enjoying the connections he created with students and parents as well as his coworkers. Paul was friendly, loved to talk, and enjoyed a good joke. He loved to help and share any and all information he picked up along the way.

Paul wanted to live and live with joy. He wanted to thank the people who did just that for him.

Paul was treated for years by the South Shore Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Pratt-4 South. We thank the whole staff and notably Dr. Edward Marcaccio Jr., Elizabeth Lopes Costa CNP AGACNP, Dr. Thomas Lyons and Dr. Susan Walsh for keeping Paul alive and joyful for years — wildly beyond expectations. Patricia Feterowski, Case Manager at Tufts Health Care, South Shore VNA Nurse Kim Arnold, Physical Therapist Michelle Orr, and his aide, Maria Silva, were exceptional. They made Paul feel happy, safe, and physically able. Paul was a Below the Knee Amputee and trained in the amputee mentor program. He loved helping new amputees. Dan Kincade of Hanger Clinic in Weymouth provided Paul with the joy of walking with a prosthetic. Paul would always say, “It’s good to be vertical.”

Paul was the husband of Susan (Young) Stokinger for 44 years and devoted father to Kyle Stokinger of Whitman and Liam Stokinger of Berlin, Germany. He particularly loved being a father-in-law to Caroline Less - also of Berlin, Germany. He leaves behind his brother Bill Stokinger of Minnesota and his cousin Jane Hannigan of Scituate.

Family and friends are invited to attend Paul’s visiting hours Saturday June 1st from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, with a service to follow at 12:00 PM in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 @ the rotary) Whitman, MA.

Paul watched the South Shore Hospital strain as they struggled to fill the void created by the closing of both Brockton and Norwood Hospitals. He became very close to the staff, many of which he considered friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Shore Health Foundation, 55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth, MA 02190-2455, or online at South Shore Hospital needs our support.

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Blanchard Funeral Chapel
666 Plymouth Street
Whitman, MA 02382