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Celebrating the life of
Jay Howard Stiteley
September 15, 1954 - July 23, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm - Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rosary
  • 5:30pm - Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Funeral mass
  • 2:00pm - Friday, July 29, 2016
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276

I had the pleasure working with Jay for many years at The Seeing Eye in Morristown and we will miss him. Jay was such a nice person. We are all saddened to hear of his short but so severe illness. My deepest sympathy to his family. Maria Hevner

Maria Hevner, Morristown, NJ

Our sincere condolences to the entire Stitely family. I remember Jay's extreme confidence as a young man. Kind (as was the entire family) and a great outlook on his disability and keen sense of humor. May Christ's peace reside in you as you grieve his loss.

Mark and Glenna Udell, Greenwood, IN

Our condolences go out to his wife Karen and to his family. I knew Jay thru my brother Dave and I have nothing but fond memories and admiration for him; He never let his disability deter him life. I especially remember his acute sense of hearing and natural swimming ability. Challenging us to a beat him in a contest, He could easily and skillfully locate a tossed penny at the bottom of a pool before any of us could. Jay was an incredible role model and will be sorely missed by all who knew him

John and Colleen Udell, Woodridge, IL

Very fond memories of Jay going back to his days in Plainfield, Il. He was a terrific guy. Condolences to Karen and the entire family. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may Your perpetual light shine upon him.

Joe and Karen Udell, Naperville, Il

As a member of the Houston Commission on Disabilities, I have known Jay since he joined the Mayor's Office over two years ago. I always found Jay to be a kind, thoroughly professional gentleman. He will be missed by all of us on the Commission. My sincerest sympathies to his family members; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Roland Bienvenu, Sugar Land, TX

Jackie and I send out condolences to Karen and the rest of the Stiteley Family. Jay was as classmate and lifelong friend and will be greatly missed

David Udell, Fish Creek, WI

Mayor Turner Sends Condolences on the Passing of the City’s Disability Champion My condolences go out to the family of Jay Stiteley, a national disabilities advocate, who passed away over the weekend after a short illness. He served since 2014 as the manager of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. A true champion for the city will be missed. Stiteley served as the City’s primary advocate for the disability community, working closely with city officials, the Houston Commission on Disabilities and partner agencies to ensure the delivery of essential services, including legal clinics, financial empowerment workshops, tax preparation assistance and job and health fairs. Stiteley introduced “disability etiquette” workshops for local professionals who serve people with disabilities, stressing appropriate interaction and the importance of treating people with dignity and respect. His most recent efforts focused on a voter registration drive sponsored in partnership with the Houston Center for Independent Living as part of the Rev Up! Make the Disability Vote Count national campaign. This spring, he collaborated with community partners to present employment and workforce training workshops and a job fair for veterans and people with disabilities. In February, he led the City’s participation in the annual ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Art Festival. Last October, he directed the City’s commemoration of the landmark 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other major annual events he directed include Disability Awareness Month celebrated in October, White Cane Safety Day at City Hall and the Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards. A native of Plainfield, Illinois, Stiteley brought more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Stiteley’s advocacy work included service on the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee, Verizon’s Customer Advisory Board and Delta’s Advisory Board for Disabilities. Jay Stiteley leaves behind his wife Karen, his four-legged companion, Nelson, and a host of family, friends and coworkers. Please keep his family in your prayers. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Mayor Turner, Houston, Texas

Jay Howard Stiteley 1954-2016...
A beloved husband, brother and son passed away on July 23, 2016, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Karen Stiteley, his brother Jack Glen Stiteley, sister Kim Tarkowski, father Jack Stiteley and step-mother, Lois, of Sun City West, Arizona. Jay was a generous and caring uncle to eight nieces and nephews and will be long remembered by his extended family and numerous friends and colleagues. Most recently serving as the manager of the mayor of Houston's office for people with disabilities, his impressive career enabled him to educate, advocate for and serve the disabled community, especially the blind and visually impaired through his talents, gifts and personal experience. Always shining as an example of a successful, independent blind person, Jay touched the lives of everyone he met whether in pursuing his second master's degree, while serving on an advisory board to Delta Airlines, or mentoring students as Dean of the Tennessee School for the Blind. Jay attended St. Anne Catholic Church and was an avid Notre Dame Football fan, a voracious reader, and enjoyed playing cards and backgammon. Though many will mourn his passing, he will be especially missed by his dog-guide, Nelson, who was his seventh dog from the Seeing Eye, where Jay also served for 13 years of his career. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jay's name to The Seeing Eye of Morristown, New Jersey.
Visitation & Rosary will be held Thursday, July 28 from half past five o’clock in the evening until half past seven o’clock in the evening at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at two o’clock in the afternoon, Friday, July 29 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, 77098

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I had the pleasure working with Jay for many years at The Seeing Eye in Morristown and we will miss him. Jay was such a nice person. We are all saddened to hear of his short but so severe illness. My deepest sympathy to his family. Maria Hevner

Maria Hevner, Morristown, NJ

Candle tribute lit by Maria Hevner — New Jersey

Our sincere condolences to the entire Stitely family. I remember Jay's extreme confidence as a young man. Kind (as was the entire family) and a great outlook on his disability and keen sense of humor. May Christ's peace reside in you as you grieve his loss.

Mark and Glenna Udell, Greenwood, IN

Our condolences go out to his wife Karen and to his family. I knew Jay thru my brother Dave and I have nothing but fond memories and admiration for him; He never let his disability deter him life. I especially remember his acute sense of hearing and natural swimming ability. Challenging us to a beat him in a contest, He could easily and skillfully locate a tossed penny at the bottom of a pool before any of us could. Jay was an incredible role model and will be sorely missed by all who knew him

John and Colleen Udell, Woodridge, IL

Very fond memories of Jay going back to his days in Plainfield, Il. He was a terrific guy. Condolences to Karen and the entire family. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may Your perpetual light shine upon him.

Joe and Karen Udell, Naperville, Il

As a member of the Houston Commission on Disabilities, I have known Jay since he joined the Mayor's Office over two years ago. I always found Jay to be a kind, thoroughly professional gentleman. He will be missed by all of us on the Commission. My sincerest sympathies to his family members; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Roland Bienvenu, Sugar Land, TX

Jackie and I send out condolences to Karen and the rest of the Stiteley Family. Jay was as classmate and lifelong friend and will be greatly missed

David Udell, Fish Creek, WI

Mayor Turner Sends Condolences on the Passing of the City’s Disability Champion My condolences go out to the family of Jay Stiteley, a national disabilities advocate, who passed away over the weekend after a short illness. He served since 2014 as the manager of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. A true champion for the city will be missed. Stiteley served as the City’s primary advocate for the disability community, working closely with city officials, the Houston Commission on Disabilities and partner agencies to ensure the delivery of essential services, including legal clinics, financial empowerment workshops, tax preparation assistance and job and health fairs. Stiteley introduced “disability etiquette” workshops for local professionals who serve people with disabilities, stressing appropriate interaction and the importance of treating people with dignity and respect. His most recent efforts focused on a voter registration drive sponsored in partnership with the Houston Center for Independent Living as part of the Rev Up! Make the Disability Vote Count national campaign. This spring, he collaborated with community partners to present employment and workforce training workshops and a job fair for veterans and people with disabilities. In February, he led the City’s participation in the annual ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Art Festival. Last October, he directed the City’s commemoration of the landmark 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other major annual events he directed include Disability Awareness Month celebrated in October, White Cane Safety Day at City Hall and the Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards. A native of Plainfield, Illinois, Stiteley brought more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Stiteley’s advocacy work included service on the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee, Verizon’s Customer Advisory Board and Delta’s Advisory Board for Disabilities. Jay Stiteley leaves behind his wife Karen, his four-legged companion, Nelson, and a host of family, friends and coworkers. Please keep his family in your prayers. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Mayor Turner, Houston, Texas


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