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Paul J. Stokes

January 11, 1929 September 15, 2019
Paul J. Stokes
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Ellicottville, NY - Paul J. Stokes, 90, of Ellicottville, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his home. He was born on January 11, 1929 in Olean, NY, son of the late Timothy and Beatrice (Hart) Stokes. He was previously married to the former Margaret Laidlaw, who predeceased him in 2014. Mr. Stokes then married the former Alice Rupert McClory who survives. Mr. Stokes was a US Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. He was an auditor for many years with NYS Insurance Fund until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Stokes was an active member at Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville, where he served as altar server and a lecturer and volunteered for religious education classes. He was also a member of the Ellicottville American Legion and volunteered throughout his community at the Ellicottville Library, as a member of the Ellicottville Board, a literacy volunteer, as President of the Ellicottville Alumni and past Village of Ellicottville Mayor and Village Board member. He enjoyed sports, partaking in many golf leagues at Holiday Valley through the years and also played basketball for the Senior Olympics.
Besides his wife, Alice, Mr. Stokes is survived by seven sons; John Mark (Reiko) Slating of Honolulu, HI, Michael (Melanie) Stokes of Martinsburg, WV, Peter (Debbie) Stokes of Great Valley, NY, William (Annamae) Stokes of Great Valley, NY, Gerard (Helen) Stokes of Ellicottville, NY, , Matthew (Karen) Stokes of Cattaraugus, NY, and Andrew Stokes of Ellicottville, NY. Also surviving are five daughters; Catherine (John) Earley of Great Valley, NY, Ann Henderson of Allegany, NY, Louise Oeffling of Ellicottville, NY, Rachel Galway of Olean, NY, and Mary Stokes of Little Valley, NY. He is also survived by three step-sons; Christopher McClory of Rush, NY, Terence (Tracy) McClory of Franklinville, NY, and Robert McClory of Franklinville, NY as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and first wife, Margaret, Mr. Stokes is predeceased by a step-son, Timothy McClory, step-daughter, Patricia Clark, a brother, Gerard Stokes, a sister Catherine Stokes, and a sister Abigail Junker.
Friends may call on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 10- 11 AM from Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said immediately following at 11 AM from the church.
Burial with military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ellicottville Memorial Library.
Arrangement are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St. in Little Valley.


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Visitation

Friday

20

Sep

10:00 AM 9/20/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Name of Mary RC Church

22 Jefferson St.
Ellicottville, NY 14731

Holy Name of Mary RC Church
22 Jefferson St. Ellicottville 14731 NY
United States

mass of christian burial

Friday

20

Sep

11:00 AM 9/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Name of Mary RC Church

22 Jefferson St.
Ellicottville, NY 14731

Holy Name of Mary RC Church
22 Jefferson St. Ellicottville 14731 NY
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Cross Cemetery - Ellicottville Final Resting Place

Route 242
Ellicottville, NY 14731

Route 242 Ellicottville 14731 NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Ellicottville Memorial Library

6499 Maples Rd.
Ellicottville, New York 14731
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