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John A. Stolgitis Has Died

By Bob Fleury | Nov 18, 2021
John A. Stolgitis

North Stonington, Ct. — John A. Stolgitis, Jr., 81, of Ashaway, R. I., passed away peacefully November 9 at Westerly Hospital after a brief illness.

He was the loving husband of Mildred (Sullivan) Stolgitis.

John was born in Ware, Mass., the son of the late John A. Sr. and Delia Stolgitis. He graduated from Ware High School in 1957 and continued his education at UMass Amherst, receiving his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife Fisheries and Forestry, and a master’s degree in Fishery Biology.

John began his career with the State of Rhode Island in 1967, working as a fisheries biologist. He was named Deputy Chief of Fisheries in 1978 where he served until being appointed Chief of Fish and Wildlife in 1988, and finished his 35-year career retiring in 2003.

John spent his career as a staunch advocate of hunters and fishermen. He never missed an opening day of trout season out visiting with the fishermen. He himself was an avid hunter and fisherman. As Chief of Fish and Wildlife, John also promoted field trial bird dogs, setting up a field trial and dog training area, the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, R. I., which has become one of the premier trial areas in the Northeast. Upon his retirement, the State of Rhode Island named Arcadia Area area in his honor.

In addition to his wife, John leaves his daughter Colleen Stolgitis, his son well known in bird dog and field trial circles, John W. Stolgitis, his wife Jillian, and granddaughter Erin Stolgitis, all of Ashaway, R.I.

Services will be private.

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