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Paul T. Stimmler

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Paul T. Stimmler of West Chester, 74, aerospace executive, college lecturer and antique toy historian, died peacefully, Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home in West Chester, after a brief illness. Mr. Stimmler retired in 2002 from the Triumph Group in Valley Forge where he served as both Corporate Secretary and Corporate Vice President. In retirement, he actively pursued a life-long hobby of researching and collecting antique transportation toys where he was considered an expert in the history of American toy manufacturers. In addition to his toy hobby, he was an Adjunct Professor of Business at Penn State University's Brandywine campus and a Permanent Visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Museum Management at The State University of New York (SUNY) in Cooperstown N.Y., where he taught both Human Resource Management and Retirement Investing. Born in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia in 1939, he attended St. Thomas More HS and later graduated from Villanova University in 1962 with a degree in Economics. He served as president of his fraternity and met his wife, Gale Hare, at a fraternity party. They were married in 1964. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served during the famed Cuban Missile Crisis. His first job out of the Army was as a labor Relations Specialist for Honeywell in Ft. Washington, Pa. In successive years he developed labor relations as a subspecialty and negotiated hundreds of labor contracts as chief spokesperson with a variety of unions in 4 countries for several large employers. Mr. Stimmler had a deep affection for Ocean City, N.J. where he and his wife purchased vacation property in the 1970s. Affectionately dubbed "Bayberry Hall", their summer home proved to be the central gathering place for family and friends. Besides his wife, Mr. Stimmler is survived by four children, Kristen (Thomas) Murphy of West Chester, Michele (Matthew) Reber of West Chester, Andrew (Terri Lynn Randazzo) Stimmler of Doylestown and Alison (Brian) Shorts of Forest Hill, Md., along with 10 grandchildren whom he adored deeply. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, followed by a Funeral Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 East Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Interment will be held at All Souls Cemetery in Coatesville. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to either: The Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, 630 DeKalb Pike, Norristown PA 19401; and/or Thomas E. Hare, III Memorial Scholarship Award, c/o Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 610-696-1181 www.DellaFH.com.

Published in Daily Local News on May 8, 2013
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