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Donald Stoll

Donald R. Stoll

Sunday, July 31st, 1966 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Donald R. Stoll “Donnie Awesome,” age 53 of Newton, born July 31, 1966, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 24, 2020.

Donnie was a man who spent his life serving his community. He was a US Navy veteran. He was a deputy district warden for the NJ Forest Fire service; an exempt member of the Wallkill First Aid Squad, where he served as captain for over 10 years, leading his crew to respond to the 9/11 attacks; once a member of the Ogdensburg Fire Department; and was also an exempt member of the Franklin Fire Department, where he served his ranks up to Captain before he received the diagnosis of kidney failure and stepped down from an officer role.

He was employed by Atlantic Ambulance Corp. for many years as an EMT. His greatest joy in life was his daughter, Donna Stoll, and his grandson Cameron Stoll. To know him was to know a man who had a heart of gold; a man who would do anything for anyone even if he did not know them. He loved to talk to anyone and everyone. He cared deeply for his family, including his first responder family.

He is predeceased by his mother Clare L. Stoll. He is survived by his father Richard R Stoll, of Franklin; daughter Donna M. Stoll; sister Brenda L Pettenger of Ogdensburg; his grandson Cameron M Stoll, all of Ogdensburg; step-daughter Laurie M Miller, of Franklin, niece Jenna Matthews of Colombia, SC, fiancé of 8 years Tina Hanrahan of Newton, and aunts, uncles, cousins and A LOT of friends.

Due to government restrictions, services are private and under the direction of the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. A public memorial service for Donnie will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1 PM at the funeral home. Military Honors and Fire Department Services will follow at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Twp., NJ.Please visit to leave condolences for the family and find any further information. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Fire Department, 137 Buckwheat Road, Franklin, NJ 07416 would be greatly appreciated.
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    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 1:00pm
    F. John Ramsey Funeral Home
    One Main Street
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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John Cubells President DDG-5 Crewmembers Asso

Posted at 05:23pm
The DDG-5 Crewmembers Association mourns the passing of our Shipmate BT3 Donald Stoll. We extend our Deepest Condolences to his Family and Friends
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Lori Clayton

Posted at 10:52am
I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Don. My love and prayers go to you all at this time. We all grew up togther and you feel like family to me! Again I’m so very sorry for your loss

Chris Bansemer

Posted at 10:13pm
I first met Donnie while working for the NJ Forest Fire Service, he and I served together along the Bitterroot mountain range of Sula Montana in the summer of 2000, on what was called the "Valley Complex." We and a team of NJ State Forestry fire fighters from around northern and southern New Jersey were called up to assist with the state of emergency declared by Montana officials.
To this day, they remain among my fondest memories. The new friendships, the spirit of adventure and the team work. I can remember the different personalities of many of those we traveled with. Especially Donnie, he was the jovial type who always had smile on his face and a story tell and if he could get away with it - a practical joke! In one particular case on this trip, unbeknownst to me he had filled my line pack with stones only to be discovered 2 hours later when we finally had a chance to stop for break. This resulted in quite the laugh among us all, and set the stage for continued banter throughout the trip.
We would run into each other now and then at parades and fire service functions and I recall always being met with a handshake a big smile and enthusiastic retelling of our shared stories! Choices in life and public service take us all in the "First Responder" community in many different directions, in my case to Pennsylvania. I have not spoken with Donnie in many years, but will admit it still seems not long ago. And certainly not 20 years. As I write this I do so with a warmth in my heart, a smile on my face and lump in my throat. They would tell is that the safest place in a forest fire is "in the black." For Donnie - as he now steps "into the light," he will always live on and be remembered especially when the cool evening air and the smell of camp fires set in. My deepest regrets and prayers go out to the Stoll family and all those close to Donnie. He will certainly be missed. Rest in Peace Donnie, your friend - Chris Bansemer, Warminster PA

Flipper Posted at 10:18am

Donnie will always be remembered for his smile,humor and Love of Life.Good times on western assignments and in state.He always showed pictures of his daughter and grandson which have always been the light of his life.He was the product of a very loving mother and father.I will miss him and cherish his memory

Nancy Farber

Posted at 09:42pm
I met Donnie when I joined WVFAS ...we became fast friends, running EMS calls together for 10 years...we served our duty during 9/11, he became a ever presence in my life because he and my longtime best friend and fiancé David Gorcica (07/16/59-01/21/2019) were best of friends. Donnie and Dave were next door neighbors.. Donnie talked Dave into becoming an ambulance driver for him with WVFAS...They both also ran with NJFFS ...Dave was a district warden and Donnie was one too...both of them went out west together and fought Wildland fires together. Donnie was my mentor, my cheerleader, always involving himself into every aspect of his family, friends an his community. He was a one of a kind guy, who I always respected and loved...I am proud to call him my friend/my in peace Donnie. Thank you for being my friend...
My payers to his family during this time of mourning....

Earl Hornyak

Posted at 09:07pm
I remember Donnie as the young one. Hanging around wanting to be in on what we were doing as kids. Then he grew up.... Served our country and community as an EMT and Fireman. Went and helped fight forest fires far from our little part of the country. Why? Because he was all about helping others.... Proud of you. See you again with the rest of the family again in Heaven someday. ❤️

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