The Timothy M. Stackpole ’77 Memorial Scholarship Fund
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The Timothy M. Stackpole '77 Memorial Scholarship Fund
This permanent fund will build over time through various fundraising activities, including the Annual Homecoming Golf Outing, and it will honor Tim’s memory by enabling deserving Prep students to receive financial awards that will ease the burden of tuition payments for their families. These awards have been granted in Tim’s name each year since 2006.
Tim Stackpole was born, raised, and continued to live in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn with his wife, Tara, and their five children. He attended Good Shepherd Grammar School there and remained active in parish activities through the years.
Following his graduation from Good Shepherd School, Tim enrolled at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn and then moved with the school to its new location in Queens for the start of his sophomore year in the fall of 1974. He was very active during his four years at the Prep where he lettered in football, track and rugby.
After graduating from the Prep in 1977, Tim enrolled at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, but before he completed his tenure there he heeded a call to join the New York City Fire Department where he would spend twenty years risking his life for others, becoming a hero twice over and making the ultimate sacrifice with so many of his brother firefighters on September 11, 2001.
Earlier, in a June 5, 1998 East New York inferno that left two firefighters dead, then Lieutenant Tim Stackpole was severely burned on his arms, legs, stomach and back while trying to save a woman’s life. He worried that he may never work again. But he threw himself into months of treatment and physical therapy, encouraged by Tara and their children, Kevin (who now serves in the United States Navy), Kaitlyn, Brian, Brendan, and Terence. And he used the recuperation time to finish his bachelor’s degree in education at St. Francis College.
Tim could have retired on a disability pension at that time but he longed to return to the work he loved, and he did so in February 2001. Seven months later, just five days before the terrorist attacks on our nation, Lieutenant Stackpole was promoted to captain, and just three days before the attacks, Captain Stackpole was named Irishman of the Year at the Great Irish Fair in Brooklyn.
On September 11, Captain Stackpole had just finished duty, but with the first news of the calamity he rushed to the World Trade Center. His remains were uncovered the next day and he was laid to rest on September 24. He was 42.
Captain Timothy Stackpole made an enormous contribution to our society and his life serves as a shining example for people everywhere. For this reason, St. Francis Prep is proud to sponsor this scholarship fund that will bear his name in perpetuity.