Cumberland— The Honorable Paul J. Stakem, 77, of Cumberland, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Western Maryland Health System Regional Medical Center.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of Paul G. and Kathleen (McKenzie) Stakem. Paul was a graduate of LaSalle High School, class of 1957. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College with honors, and the University of Maryland Law School where he was first in his law school class. Paul was given the distinction of being admitted into the Order of the Coif Honor Society. He was accepted into the Maryland State Bar Association in 1964. Following law school, Judge Stakem was employed in the Allegany County States Attorney’s Office. He later became the first Public Defender for Allegany County. He was appointed to the bench for the District Court of Maryland in 1981, and retired from that position in 2004. He continued to serve as a retired judge until December of 2016. Judge Stakem also served as the Administrative Judge for the District Count of Maryland in Allegany and Garrett counties.
Judge Stakem was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. He served on the Parish Council at St. Patrick, and he was an usher, lector, and Eucharistic Minister at the church. Judge Stakem was a member of the Knights of Columbus Cumberland Council #586, he was Past Grand Knight for the Council, District Deputy for the State of Maryland, and Faithful Navigator for the 4th degree. Judge Stakem was the Chief Councilor of the Columbian Squires Youth Group for the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Wamba Caravan #89 International Order of Alahambra, was Past Grand Commander for the Caravan, and Deputy Regional Director for the State of Maryland. The Judge was an active volunteer for the Alahambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. He was a member of the Cumberland and Frostburg Elks clubs.
Judge Stakem is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Clare (McNamee) Stakem; son, Timothy P. Stakem and wife Tracey, Orange, VA ; grandsons, Brenden P. Stakem, and Aidan C. Stakem; brothers, William F. Stakem and wife Susan, Cumberland, and Michael P. Stakem and wife Diane, Cumberland; sister-in-law, Alice Delaney, Wheeling, WV; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Friday September 1, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. The Christian Wake Service will be conducted at the funeral home at 3:40 p.m. A memorial prayer service, conducted by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Friday at 9 P.M. at the funeral home. Following, the Alahambra will conduct their Crescent Service.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cumberland.
Burial will be in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Pall Bearers will be Tom McConnell, The Honorable J. Frederick Sharer, Mike Delaney, Joseph Carter, Jr. David Warnick, William Blake, Walter “Buddy” Files, and Craig Beauliu.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like their friends and family members to honor Judge Stakem’s memory by making memorial contributions to Bishop Walsh School, 700 Bishop Walsh Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502; the Allegany County Animal Shelter, 716 Furnace St, Cumberland, MD 21502; or the Schwab Cancer Center at the Western Maryland Health System, 12500 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502.
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