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Celebration of Life

Federated Church of Kerhonkson
Thursday July 24th, 2014

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Arthur M. Stockin

Arthur M. Stockin died peacefully at his home in Kerhonkson on July 21, 2014. Born November 24, 1939 to George M. Stockin and Miriam Hollenbeck Stockin.

Art had married Laurette Turner on March 30, 1974.

Art had spent his entire life in Ulster County, growing up in Kerhonkson, NY and graduating from Kerhonkson High School in 1957. He attended SUNY New Paltz where he received a B.S. in Art Education. He taught elementary school art for two years at Marbletown Elementary School in Stone Ridge, NY. After receiving his M. Ed. in Physical Education from East Stroudsburg State College, PA, he spent the next 30 years teaching physical education and coaching men's and women's varsity swimming at SUNY New Paltz. During that 30-year stint as a full-time Associate Professor on the faculty at SUNY New Paltz, he received the Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award, the Pride of Ulster County Award, the SUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award (four times), the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence for Outstanding Coaching Achievement in the United States of America, and he was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz Hawk Hall of Fame.

After retiring, he became a full-time watercolorist, and his passion for life spills over into his paintings.

In addition to his wife Rette of 40 years, Art is survived by his children; Kerri, Kim and Kris. His grandchildren; Kayla, Megan and Daisy. His brothers and sisters; Jeanne Kozlark, Pat Roques, Jeff Stockin, Cheryl Sharrock and John Stockin.

A celebration of Art’s life is scheduled for Thursday, July 24th, 10am at the Federated Church of Kerhonkson. Burial will be private and at the discretion of the family.

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Just want to add my thoughts and prayers for you as you remember the many times which are a part of your life with Art over the past 40+ years.   My best memories are when you both came and stayed with me when I lived in Ames, Iowa.  That was one of his sabbatical times and you were touring the country.  I loved getting to know you both during those days and was so glad to get to see you both when I stayed with the Pryor family and visited your Dad and Mom.  I never knew them very well, but loved the gathering we had at Holly's house and the opportunity to look at pictures and see you both again.
May you find encouragement and direction for the future as you spend time with friends and family!  Do know that I would love to stay in touch and be a part of your life in any way.   Aunt Sharon Turner

Sharon Turner Jul 27 2014 12:00 AM

Rette, I was so sorry to hear the news about Art.  Although I only met him once (at Kerhonkson Day last year), I've heard many good things about him.  Thinking of you and hoping that your memories will keep you going.


Karen Spinozzi Jul 26 2014 12:00 AM

Art had the capacity to bring us together and remember where we grew up. His book was indeed a 'love story' capturing the heart and soul of a small community 'in a valley closely nestled.' Art had that rare talent to accomplish much and touch us all. My love and thoughts are with Rhette and his family.

Myrna Lee Gordon Jul 24 2014 12:00 AM

Rette and family----I am deeply saddened by Art's passing. It seems like just yesterdy (actually 1969!!!) that Art was my Freshman Baseball coach @ SUNY New Paltz. He always looked younger than most of the 17 and 18 y.o. players on the team. Although Art was always renowned as a Tremendous Swim coach he also was quite accomplished as a baseball coach as well. We went on to become friends and occasional tennis partners over the years in New Paltz as well. (once awhile even a beer or two at P&G's but who's counting---especially back in THOSE days in New Paltz----we even became quite competitive in running road races for awhie but at some point Rette started beating both of us pretty easily. Conincidentally I was doing a 5k in Gardiner just last week (on 7/17) and Pete Wells told me that he saw Art in the race. I went to look aruound for him but didn't see him, so I was especially surprised when I heard the news. My deepest condolences to Rette and family---and to Art , thanks for the great memories and friendship---rest in peace COACH!....Charlie Silverberg

Charlie Silverberg Jul 24 2014 12:00 AM

Mike Osterhoudt called me last night and gave me the very sad news of Art's     passing.  May God bless him.  Art was one of the best.  I hope that Rette and all his family will find comfort in the memory of one great guy.
Sincerely = George Blake, Petersburg, Va.  Kerhonkson HS Class of '57    44444444

George Blake Jul 23 2014 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Art.  He was my very first friend and playmate.  So many good memories of our growing up in Kerhonkson that could fill a book--but then he did that!  I think of him everyday as I look at the watercolor that I so have to have.  Sorry that I cannot be with you on Thursday but be assured all in your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Joyce Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM

I  came to  know Art through the Paltz Club and will always remember his robust smile and his beautiful out-look on life which he shared with those around him. He encouraged me to pursue and fulfill my painting interests by going over to the "pool" together and visually record facets of the swimming life we both shared. Result: Coach, watercolor, 2012. I shed a chlorinated tear.

Jim Adair Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM

Growing up with Art was filled with great memories, my brother Tom (deceased) and he were classmates and team mates. Praying for the Stockin family.
Love from Isabel, Barry and Janet Terwilliger.

Janet Terwilliger Summers Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM

A great friend who's books will keep memories of growing up in Kerhonkson alive for many of us. Thank you.

Carla & Bill McCauley Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM

Art Stockin...Husband, father, grand father, teacher, coach, friend, artist, athlete, runner, swimmer, humorist, historian and yes, ARTHUR the AUTHOR!  He did it all and did it the best!  My love and deep sorrow to Rette and all of Art's family,  Geri Owens

geri owens Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM

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