Mr Stoico was one my teachers in HS (I had a learning disability) I don't remember many teachers from those days (early 80's) but I remember him. He had such an old school way about him, firm no nonsense guy, I remember talking sports with him every day, only later on did I really find out what a fantastic athlete he truly was. He never bragged, but always willing to give advice and steer you into the right direction. He was as solid a person as you could meet & I never want to mess with him or disappoint him. Thank you Sir for those life lessons. Rest In Peace Mr. Stoico
Michael Balzarini '84
Through all the years since I knew and was coached by Coach Stoico, he was that guy that I never forgot because of his inspirational way of getting me to be better than I thought I could be. I took that inspiration with me up to and including all of my current 67 years. He was that special. I learned to give my best each and every time, because, as Coach taught me, you might not ever get a second chance. He made a point to attend my Mother's funeral in 2015 so that we could see each other again after almost 50 years because, well, that was the kind of guy Coach Stoico was. He is missed, and my memories of him will never fade. Anyone who knew him KNOWS that he exemplifies this passage:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
God Bless; Joe & Linda Szady
Joe Szady & Linda Szady
My deep sympathy to the entire Stoico family . What a gentlrman Joe was !
He never spoke of his many athletic accomplishments , leaving that to others .
What a great athlete Joe was , but more importantly , what a great coach he was, and a true friend .
He will be sorely missed at the Hoboken Club where he served as a Trustee .
Rest in peace my friend .
They broke the mold when Joe passed. He was one of
a kind. Great coach, sensitive man. Great combo! My
prayers go out to the entire family.
Very few people were as universally beloved or had such a positive impact on generations of young people as Joe Stoico. I always called Joe the Vince Lombardi of Milford. Joe exhibited many of the same timeless qualities in instilling the ethos that discipline, hard work, and doing the right thing will get you somewhere, on the field of play and in life. Godspeed Joe.
My most sincere condolences to Dana, Mark, Jolyn, Ann, Aunt Joanne, Uncle David, Marie and the entire extended Stoico family.
taught with Joe many years ago, A friend to our family forever. A great teacher ,a great friend . All those touched by Joe very lucky ! Margaret Innis Mcgowan
Margaret Innis McGowan
Solid stand up guy. I served him coffee at Krystal Spa 1976-80. Always felt Milford was a greater, safer place with men like Joe watching over us at school and in sports. Another lose of one of America's greatest generation. Sad news but a life well lived. Dana & Mark, all my best.
Jim Alves class of 78
Dear Dana and Family:
We are so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you, give you love & peace knowing you have an Angel to watch over you.
May Joe rest in forever peace+🙏🏼
Julie, Tim and Family❤️
Julie and Tim Walah
Dana and his family. We are so sorry for your loss. Although he lived 85 years, it is still hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful man. Your Dad will be in our prayers today and always.
Bette and Jeffrey
Uncle Joe.... We miss you so much already..💔
Tina Stoico Saggio
Our deepest sympathy to all the family on the loss of
Joe. There are not enough adjectives to describe his kindness, dedication, and love of his family and all things Milford. He will be sorely missed.
My teacher, my COACH, my colleague. Uncle Joe to my wife Joanne, my sons Adam and Josh, my grandsons Calvin and Bodhi and their mom Emily, and son in law Doug. And most of all My Dearest Friend. We love you and we will miss you, but we all will never ever forget you. Rest in peace Joe.
Beyond saddened to hear this news....cant begin to say how THANKFUL I was to you JOE for taking the time as no others did to consistently visit my father (FUDGIE) at home and the ENDLESS card games....
You probably never knew how much that meant.....again...THANK YOU kind man and say hello to FUDGIE for me....
Dear Stoico family, With a very heavy heart we are truly sorry for your loss. Not only have we lost a man that was one of the greatest of his generation, we have lost a great man. He was the kindest, nicest and gentlest man we have ever had the pleasure to know and call a true friend. Morning coffee will never be the same. Rest is Peace our dear friend
John Eldridge & Nancy Nichols
To the Stoico family our deepest sympathy in his passing we all enjoyed his enthusiasm and we loved talking sports. Jolyn took him to Comerica Park in Detroit when he visited our city and he talked about all the great Tigers that he played ball with. He will be truly missed by all. God Bless the Stoico family and rest in eternal peace Joe.
So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. I have cherished the time that I have known Joe and his loving family, and he will be missed tremendously. It was an honor to be coached by him, to have coached with him and to have taught with him in the Milford School System.
We have truly lost one of Milford’s greats. Rest In Peace, Joe.