Oakleigh 'Oak' R. Stickle, Ret. Battalion Chief, NHFD passed away at his residence in North Haven on November 19, 2012. Oak is survived by his wife of 71 years, Esther Dill Stickle; his brother Linwood Stickle of Branford and nieces Leslie Dengler, Diane Farley, Linda Schroeder, Ellen Berson & nephews Richard Stickle & James Dill. Born in New Haven on June 13, 1917 he was a son of the late Rose Bradley Stickle Norton & Raymond Stickle and step-son of Frank Norton. Oak retired in 1979 from the New Haven Fire Department after 33 years of service. He was a WWII US Army Veteran, a member of the Hiram Lodge # 1 A.F. & A.M., the Hamden Elks Lodge # 2224 and the American Legion of New Haven Fire Dept. # 132. His funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 10:30 AM for a service that will be held at 11:00 AM in Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, 15 Church St. Hamden, CT 06514. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home 1 hour prior, 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Interment with Military Honors will follow in East Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church.

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  1. Having had Oak as a cousin has been a wonderful experience for me and the rest of my family. I used to spend my summers with his mother in Fair Haven and always felt very close to both Oak & Esther. He goes to the heavens with our love.

  2. oak was a part of my life as i was growing up we shall miss a part of the type that has made this country great

  3. Oak, I could have never imagined as a young child, visiting your house with my grandfather, I would some day be your neighbor. Some of my best memories are the times we spent skating at the Good Humored Skating Club. You were a wealth of knowledge about so many things, you gave me my first tomato plants and taught me how to take care of my lawn. It made me so proud when you would tell me how nice my lawn looked and how proud my grandfather would have been. You will be truly missed and Weaver Circle will never be the same without you. It will be so strange to not see you on your tractor or tending to your garden. I take solace in knowing that your life here has ended but has just begun with our dear Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. We are sorry to hear of the passing of my half brother Oakleigh. We know you will be comforted by the many wonderful memories you have.Your family is in our prayers. Diana & Bob Stickle

  5. We have lost another WW11 veteran and a wonderful gentleman. We are Elk members and have known Oakleigh for a long time .We loved chatting with him and Esther on the Wed. & Fri. nite dinners at the Hamden Elks Lodge. Our deepest sympathy to Esther and all who loved him. He was truly a great guy and will be missed by many. Donald & Eileen Tozzo

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great friend and neighbor over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. On behalf of the Jurkiewicz family, we offer our condolences to Esther and the Stickle family. Oak was a great friend of John and Virginia and will be missed.

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