John Russell Stopa

Worthington, Ohio

Apr 8, 1953 – Jul 7, 2017


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Stopa John Russell Stopa, age 64, died on July 7, 2017 as a result of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Carol Davis Stopa of Columbus; his daughter, Kate (David) Tull of Columbus; his son, Dr. Jack Stopa (Melissa Shakro) of Cambridge, MA; grandson, Thomas Tull of Columbus; and brother,...

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John and I are sadden by the news of the passing of your husband and sweet Emily. We will keep you, Kate and Jack in our prayers.

Dear Carol -- So sorry to hear about John's passing.... It has been a long time since we've seen each other, but I send you big hugs across the miles. As I believe Allan said, we have in our 2nd floor hallway a framed water-color, chess-themed, wedding card you made for us, in 1981. If you're ever in the Washington DC area, please let us know. Lots of love, Donna R. Savage, Kensington, Maryland

I was very saddened to hear of John's passing. I became good friends with John during his college years and a few years after, while we were on rival college chess teams. During those years we participated in many of the same chess tournaments in New England and analyzed games together. Since then I lost touch with him but thought of him often. We still have a special wedding card, framed on our wall, that Carol created.

I had the privilege of playing five USCF rated games versus John. He was a strong player and a gentleman who always took time to analyze with me after our games. I recall him walking around tournaments recording the opening moves on the top boards. I got the sense that he was booking up on the competition, which is very smart. Rest in peace and my condolences to his family.

Carol and family, so sorry to hear of John's passing, my heart goes out to all of you.

Dear Carol and family,

We are shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. John grew up across the street from us in Somers; the Stopa family was an intergral part of our lives, both my parents' and us kids'. I will remember John for his intelligence, his wit and his ready smile. Our thoughts are with you and family at this difficult time.

With love, Susan Haight Hall, on behalf of all the Haights

Stopa family- I knew John being a close friend of his brother Jim. John seemed to always have a chuckle about him- a smile & a pleasing sense of humour. Though a few yrs older he always remembered me as one of Jim's friends when I had the chance meeting John on a return trip to Somers from Ohio. A thing I was forever amazed at was the retold occurrence of how John had defeated an opponent playing chess while blindfolded! We shared loves of the Red Sox & Giants.Always left me with a...

I had the honor of working with John. He would always talk about his amazing family and when he did he would have the biggest smile. John you will be missed by many and you have touched more life's than you may have known. Prayers to the Stopa family.