Donald R. Staples

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Donald R. Staples
1935 - 2017
GARDINER - Donald R. Staples, of West Forks, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, after a brief illness.
Born in Gardiner, May 12, 1935, he was the son of Henry Arthur and Olivia Holt Staples. Donald graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1955. He was a member of the Gardiner Tiger baseball team and was known as the "lanky righthander." He was scouted and courted by three major league baseball teams.
Donny met the love of his life, Norma, at Ernie's Drive In, Farmingdale, and they married on April 26, 1958.
He began his career as a fire fighter for the City of Gardiner in 1967 and retired after 25 years of service in 1989, as assistant to the chief. After retirement, he worked for NAPA Auto Parts and Standard Distributors.
Donny and Norma moved to their camp in the West Forks in 2004, where they made their home. In the West Forks, he served as third selectman and road commissioner, and was a member of the West Forks Fish & Game Association.
He is survived by his daughter, Tamra Pierce, and her husband Gary, of Chelsea; son, Thomas Staples, and his wife Angela, of Gardiner; sister, Barbara Jordan, of South Gardiner; sister, Diane Bodge, of Chelsea; grandson, Troy Pierce, and his fiancée Chelsea, of Lisbon; grandson, Trever Pierce, and his wife Stephanie, of Jefferson; granddaughter, Emily Staples, and her partner Margaret, of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Averie, Hudson and Talon; and stepgranddaughters Lauren and Katelyn Boyington; as well as several special nieces and nephews.
Donald was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Norma Leavitt Staples; his parents; and siblings Shirley, Robert, Melvin, Arthur, Charles, Norman and Marion.
Donny or "Gramp" was known for his infectious smile and ability to make others laugh with his jokes. His greatest love was his family and faithful sidekick, Coburn, whom you would see riding hand-in-paw on road trips, as they were inseparable.
The family would gather at camp for Thanksgiving, and Donny would reminisce about his childhood antics and stories of hunting, and loved keeping family traditions alive. He shared his love of hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling with friends and family. Don was always up for a good party and enjoyed his boxed wine on race day. He loved NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, and even with all the harassment he received from his friends, he was a faithful New York Giants fan. Over the years, Gramp's love of sports grew as he watched his grandchildren excel in high school and college sports. Gramp and Nana were their biggest fans!!
Visiting hours will be held at Staples Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 4-7 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at Staples Funeral Home. A Firefighter Honors and a committal service will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, South Gardiner. Following the service, family and friends are invited to gather at the American Legion Hall, Griffin Street, Gardiner, to continue the Celebration of Life for Donald R. Staples. Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home, 56 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner.



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Published in Central Maine on Sept. 6, 2017
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