William G. Stopper

William G. Stopper, 76, of Ridgefield, husband of Letitia “Letty” Stopper died on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Philadelphia, PA.

Mr. Stopper was born in Hollywood, CA, November 11, 1933, son of George and Pearl (Bertin) Stopper.   He attended Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and he served with the US Army in Washington, D.C.  He attended the MBA executive program of the University of Connecticut.   Mr. Stopper joined International Business Machines (IBM), retiring as Director of Human Resources after 35 years of service.    Mr. Stopper was a partner in the Walker Group of La Jolla California for several years, and has maintained a human resource consultancy.   He was the Interim Director and Professor of the Graduate & Professional Studies at Manhattanville College in New York.  William Stopper was a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and was a founding member of the Human Resource Planning Society.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Letty, he is survived by a son, Joseph M. Stopper of Newtown; two daughters, Lisa M. Stanley of Ridgefield and Tracey L. Elston of Newtown, CT; three sisters, Sr. Suzanne Stopper, BVM and Sr. Mary Jeanne Stopper, BVM both of California and Betsy Gower of Idaho; nine grandchildren, Joseph Stopper, John Stopper, Julia Stopper, Adam Stanley,  Jasmine Stanley, William Stanley, Benjamin Stanley, Bobby Elston, Michael Elston, a great granddaughter, Eva Stanley and several nieces and nephews.    Mr. Stopper was brother to Brother Edward Stopper of Mont La Salle California and John (Jack) Stopper of Glendale California, both deceased.

A devoted Christian, Mr. Stopper worshipped at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ridgefield and other non-denominational Christian churches.  

Funeral services will take place on Monday, October 18 at 11 am in the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield.   He will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ridgefield.  The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Sunday, October 17 from 2pm to 5pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Stopper’s memory may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center, 1331 East Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia, PA  19124, or Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase New York 10577.



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