Long-time Granby resident J. Paul Stillwell dies

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Paul Stillwell, age 95, passed away on March 21, in North Andover, Mass., where he had lived at the Edgewood Retirement community for over 15 years. Stillwell was born in Chicago on Feb. 21, 1925, to the Reverend Fredrick and Adeline Stillwell. 

Stillwell was a WWII vet, POW and war hero who was honored in 2018 with a proclamation from the Massachusetts Senate. After the war, he went to Texas A&M, and then to Carleton College, where he met and married the love of his life Yolanda (Lonny) Stork. For 53 years, Paul and Lonny lived and raised a family together, most of that time in Granby. He had a busy life with a career as an underwriting executive for Connecticut General Life Insurance, family, classical music, the Granby Tennis Club, bridge, and community service, such as supporting The Granby Land Trust, Red Cross and chairing the Granby School Building Committee (1961-71).

After retiring, Paul traveled with Lonny, worked and volunteered as a school bus driver, United Way loan executive, and senior housing financial assistant. Several years after Yolanda died in 2003, Stillwell moved to Edgewood.

Due to the health risk of gathering at this time, there will be a memorial celebration at Paul and Yolanda’s gravesite at Granby Cemetery later this year.