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/
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. We’ll written MaryJane!
So glad we knew the Lad!
Rest in Peace Brother!
Joe and Barb
Dirty maybe gone but He will never be forgotten!!! He was one of a kind to all that knew and loved him. MJ you were a saint and took amazing care of him and helped him daily. He loved you dearly and showed it. God bless You and help you .
So sorry for Dan and his family. All my prayers.
A Beautiful Tribute! Dan will be missed! He fought hard! God Bless you Dan…Rest in Peace!❤️
The Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees (ARPALER) sends condolences and prayers to the family of Captain Stockslader, and we salute him for his leadership and service to his community. Rest in peace Brother.
I met Dan at mcc in 68. He was a fun loving guy and quite an athlete. He was a member of our newly formed fraternity phi pi sigma. We had a very good football team which he was a large part of. Always loved his smile, his laugh, his enthusiasm. Just a Great Great guy. You will be missed Dan. ❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️
Beautiful MJ! My condolences and prayers are with you! Sending you love and hugs. You now have an Angel to watch over you forever. Sleep well Dan.
Uncle Danny you were a great person, a mentor, and a blessing to many people. You will forever be missed. The wonderful moments you shared with us will forever be remembered. ❤️Rest in peace Uncle Dan, we know you are in a better place, and one day we shall meet again. 🙏🏻❤️
What a wonderful tribute.
Such a beautiful tribute. My love and prayers are with you MJ. What a blessing Dan was to the community and to everyone who knew him personally.
What a fitting tribute to Dirty. I worked with him at Lake section and later on the West side where he was a Midnight boss. Our conversations were interesting, not always in full agreement, but always ended with the knowledge that we had the best interest of our staff and the community in mind. I was able to relieve him a few times on Saturdays when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were playing. Never seen him happier than when he was leaving the lot at 12:30 on a Saturday to go watch the game. I remember when he retired on St. Paddy’s day in 2007 he said the City of Rochester was throwing him a big parade! It was an honor and pleasure to work with Dan and may his memory console those close to him in his absence.
Dear Mary Jane, That was a beautiful tribute to Dan. He was quite a guy, and you took excellent care of him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan was always fun to have around but a great backup when needed. My condolences to the family.
I believe that I am correct that Dan was the creator of the POLICE PROTECT PEOPLE button that most of us wore on our uniforms for many years. It was just a small button but it said a lot. Also, Dan came up with the new design of the graphics on our police cars when we were changing the image and improving visibility. Generally speaking, that design is still being used today. Rest in peace brother.
Thank you Ron for sharing. Yes the button was created one night at Greg McCrackens house. Dan and I ran with the idea and the proceeds from the buttons and T shirts bought the posters that were on the back of City buses for a month.
I am sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. His tribute was beautiful and fit his personality to a tee. Danny worked at Maplewood Park many years ago and he was one of the best. His smile and mustache would light up the room. I have not seen Danny in many years but he will be missed, just his name put a smile on my face with great memories! RIP Stocks. My condolences to his family and Friends.
Valerie Russo Thompson
To the Stockslader Family, I want to express sincere condolences for your loss. Prayers are being said for the Stockslader Family for strength during this challenging time. God Bless and Dan, RIP.
Sorry about your loss❤️❤️
What a beautiful tribute to Dan. So many great memories/stories- from working for him at City Rec/Maplewood Park – and then throughout our police careers.
A big man with a bigger heart.
So very sorry.
I worked with “Dirty” in Clinton Section when I first became a Patrol Officer. Dan was quite an impression on me when I was a rookie. He always had that smile on his face as if he was up to something. I never told him but I admired his style as a Patrolman. May he Rest in Peace 🙏.
Very sorry for your loss.
Mary Jane, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cousin Dan – the world was a better place because you were in it.
Mary Jane, I am so sorry Uncle Dan is gone. He was a great man and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kelly (Stockslader) Guinan, Sheila Stockslader, and our families.
MaryJane, my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. I will always remember Danny as he was when I first got to know him…as Bill’s cute, fun-loving little brother. He obviously went on to become a respected member of the law enforcement community. Rest in peace, Danny.
Condolences from Dave Farrell and family!
Love you and so sorry for your loss. I will always remember him and the great times we had.
Your fond memories will get you through. Hope to see you soon.
Mary Jane it was so very evident how much Dan loved you and you him. I never thought of one of you without the other. Dans love for you will still surround you in the days ahead as will the memories that all of us have of him. I love you and praying for your comfort daily.