Brian D. Stockman, 51, of Kersey, PA passed away at his at his home on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 following a lengthy illness.
He was born on March 30, 1972, in Ridgway, a son of Rosmary Gahr (Ernie) Mattiuz of Kersey, who survives and the late Richard F. Stockman, who preceded him in death on December 31, 2004.
Brian was a 1991 graduate of Elk County Christian High School. Professionally, Brian thrived in the field of hotel management. His dedication and expertise made him an invaluable asset in the hospitality industry. With his warm smile and exceptional people skills, he built lasting relationships with colleagues and guests alike.
His love for writing carried through locally at the Daily Press and the Ridgway Record, where he worked for the last few years. He was instilled with his love of cooking from his mom, and his travel bug that he got from his dad, is what took him all over the world.
Brian, known for his adventurous spirit, embarked on countless journeys throughout his life. From the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska to the sandy beaches of Florida and the vibrant deserts of Arizona, he truly experienced the wonders of the world. His passion for travel nurtured his soul and enriched his spirit, allowing him to form connections with people from all walks of life. Some of his favorite adventures took him to Europe, Stonehenge, Egypt, and Amsterdam, just to name a few.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Brian had a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature. He found solace in the company of flowers, marveling at their intricate designs and vibrant hues.
Brian was not only a world traveler and a dedicated professional; he was also an exceptional writer. With his talent for storytelling, he captured the essence of his adventures, immersing readers in the awe-inspiring landscapes and unforgettable experiences he encountered. Through his blog, he shared his stories and inspired others to follow their dreams. He also sought to teach through his writing, always trying to insert a lesson in his writings. Brian was a kind-hearted soul who brought joy to all those who knew him. His passing has left a void in the hearts of his loved ones, but his memory will forever be cherished. He will be especially missed by Joann’s weightlifting crew, who always looked forward to visiting with Brian.
In addition to his mother and step-father, Rosemary and Ernie Mattiuz of Kersey, he is survived by one sister; Joann (John Hall) Stockman of Montoursville, one nephew: Austin Rees, of Kersey, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Brian fulfilled a Father role to Cody, TJ, and Timothy as well as their numerous friends. He instilled in them great values and work ethic and they became successful. He repeatedly spoke of their countless adventures. He always felt as if he gave them a great life, when in fact they gave him a great life and filled the void when he was so far away from his immediate family.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A Memorial Service for Brian D. Stockman will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 11:30 AM at the Krise Funeral Home, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 with Fr. Kevin Holland officiating.
Family and friends will be received at the Krise Funeral Home on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.
Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fox Township Ambulance Service.
Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com