Longtime Juneau resident John E. Stoll, age 67, died Oct. 20, 2010 at the residence of his daughter, Thea Howard, following a long battle with cancer. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and an all around swell guy.
John was born in 1943 in Seattle to Edwin and Frances Stoll. A self-taught artist, he sold his first painting at the age of 15 at the Port Townsend Art Festival, and continued to paint throughout his life. His works have been collected by individuals across the globe. Most notably, one of his paintings is in the permanent collection at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, purchased with funds from the Rasmussen Foundation in 2006. John also worked as a commercial fisherman, a logger, a pipe and ship-fitter, a roofer, and in many other occupations. He was a true salesman. He once sold a pair of mismatched shoes to a man who thanked him for finally selling him a pair of shoes that actually fit. A friend to Juneau School District kids, John enjoyed working with the many children he came across as a substitute in the classroom and in Rally.
John loved Irish whiskey, BBC productions, old movies, fly-fishing, and reading. He was optimistic and friends knew him as someone who could always make them laugh. As a bona-fide, self-proclaimed curmudgeon, John considered himself a champion in his invented Olympic event, the recline-a-thon. His favorite animal was the wombat, because the wombat really knows how to nap. One of John's greatest gifts was his ability to connect with children and encourage them to reach for the stars.
He is survived by his father, Edwin Stoll of Poulsbo, Wash., wife Suzanne Stoll of Juneau, daughter Thea Howard and granddaughters Cameron and Audrey Howard of Juneau, son Aaron Stoll and grandson Taylor of Manzanita, Ore., and son Sean of Los Angeles. A celebration of his life will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Scholarship Fund.