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Jay H. Stiteley

In Memory of Jay Howard Stitely (1954-2016)

With great sadness we share the loss of Mr. Jay Stiteley, a beloved friend to many at TSBVI and in the disability community. Jay served as the City of Houston'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. He 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.

Obituary for Mr. Jay Stiteley

Jay Howard Stiteley, 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, AZ. 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, N.J.

Visitation & Rosary will be held Thursday, July 28 from 5:30-7:30 at Bradshaw-Carter on W. Alabama and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 at St. Anne Catholic Church at Westheimer & S. Shepherd.

Mayor Turner of Houston Sends Condolences on the Passing of the City's Disability Champion

Media Release - Office of the Mayor July 25, 2016

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.