2011-12-01 / Obituaries


Family and friends are mourning the passing of retired Carmel Town Justice Howard Stockfield who passed away Nov. 19 after losing his battle from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Stockfield, 70, a resident of Mahopac, was born on June 27, 1941 in Yonkers.

Stockfield began his career in the legal profession working for the Internal Revenue Service. In 1971, he opened a private practice in Carmel that later became the law firm of Stockfield and Fixler.

Judge Stockfield served residents of greater Carmel and Mahopac as town justice for 12 years and in 1987 upon his retirement from the bench, Stockfield joined Michael Barile and Thomas Boniello as a partner in the Lynlil Associates.

Stockfield’s son, Dan, recalled his dad’s “most important case. In 1983, my father represented a client who injured her back in a grocery store. After receiving an adverse ruling from the lower courts, dad appealed the decision which was reversed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.”

Stockfield later married the client, Joan Newman, on Dec. 26, 1997 after what Dan described as “fifteen years of dating and a 28-hour engagement.”

In addition to his wife, Stockfield is survived by his five children—Jodi, Rick, Dan, Jennifer, and Alison, along with eleven grandchildren and one brother.

Stockfield was known for his world travels, visiting more than 80 countries on six continents.

A funeral service was held last week at the Joseph Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac. Interment followed at the Amawalk Hill Cemetery in Westchester.

The family has requested donations in Stockfield’s name be forwarded to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

—Eric Gross

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