9/26/1950 – 3/18/2023
Daniel P Stockslader, of Rochester, New York, passed away on March 18, 2023 at the age of 72 after a short illness with pneumonia, complicated with Parkinson’s.
Dan is predeceased by his mother Pearl C. (Prentice) Stockslader , his father, Edmond W. Stockslader and Brother, William E. Stockslader .
Dan is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 40 years, MaryJane (MJ. Schmidt) Stockslader , sister-in-law‘s, Elizabeth and husband Bob Knapp, Margaret Warney and Patricia Soto. Several nieces and nephews, many family members and loving friends and colleagues from the law-enforcement community.
Dan graduated from Edison Technical High school in 1968. He excelled in athletics including varsity football, basketball and baseball. After high school he went on to study Liberal Arts at Monroe Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree. Dan then continued his education at SUNY Brockport, where he completed his college education with a Bachelors Degree in Education.
Dan was employed by the City of Rochester for six years as a playground supervisor at Cobbs Hill, Genesee Valley Park, and several other school playgrounds. Dan’s love for children allowed him to be a positive, mentor and role model for the youth at these schools and playgrounds.
Dan also proudly served in the United States Army for a short time before being injured and honorary discharged.
Dan was a public servant at heart and took pride in helping others, and with that love for the community Dan pursued a career in law-enforcement. Dan was hired by the Rochester Police Department and excelled in all aspects of law-enforcement. He rose through the ranks, as a Sergeant he served as the Aide to Major of Patrol, later on was promoted to Lieutenant and then Captain where he remained until he retired after 30 years of dedicated law-enforcement service.
During Dan’s law-enforcement career, he also served as the Rochester Police Departments Liaison to Rochester’s deaf community, where he was later appointed as a Board of Directors at the Rochester School for the Deaf. Dan was selected to travel to the former USSR for the organization of American/Soviet exchanges.
Dan received several awards and commendations throughout his career of law-enforcement, most notable for life-saving, officer of the month, and Captain‘s letter of recognition.
“Dirty” as he was always affectionately known and called, was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed telling a joke or just making people laugh. He was an avid sports fan and loved golfing. When Dan was not golfing or watching sports, you could find him entrenched in a history book.
Dan, you will truly be missed by many and until we meet again, I leave you with this blessing.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm your face.
The rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hands.
Friends and Family are invited to celebrate Dan’s life and legacy on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 4PM to 7PM at Shamrock Jacks, 4554 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Parkinson’s Organization in honor of Danny. https://www.parkinson.org/