William C. Staples

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William C. Staples

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STAPLES, William C., 98, PRESQUE ISLE & FORT MYERS, FL,  at Fort Myers, FL, November 18, 2010. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.


PRESQUE ISLE & FORT MYERS, FL – William C. Staples, 98, passed away at The Lakes Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday, November 18, 2010.
He was a resident of Seven Lakes Golf Community. He was born in Washburn, to Charles W. and Mary (Harris) Staples on December 17, 1911.
He attended Washburn schools, graduating in the class of 1928. He attended the University of Maine, and as a young man, worked for the Maine Potato Seed Inspection Service. He later joined his parents in founding C.W. Staples Company which he operated for many years. He was a founder and former President of Northeast Packaging Company of Presque Isle. Bill was previously active in several organizations, including the Presque Isle Country Club, Maritime Seniors Golf Association, Presque Isle Rotary Club, and was a past Master and life member of Aroostook Masonic Lodge #197, Mars Hill. He was a past director of the Presque Isle Housing Authority and participated in several agricultural advisory committees throughout his career. After retiring to Florida, he was active in his Ft. Myers golf community. His passions were golf and fly-fishing.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Pearl Brown Staples; a son, Ronald C. Staples; his brother, Arthur Staples; and sister Georgia Staples Nevers.
He is survived by two daughters, Sharon McDougal and her husband, Dean of Bath, and Donna Umphrey and her husband, Robert of Presque Isle; five grandchildren, Nancy Staples of Caribou, William McDougal of Brunswick, Michael McDougal of Bath, Stephanie McDougal of Dresden, and Annie Umphrey Collins of Bangor; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends called 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 23, at the Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. Masonic Memorial Services were conducted by Officers and Members of Aroostook Masonic Lodge # 197, beginning at 12:30, funeral services then followed, conducted by Rev. Larry Palmer. A reception for guests was held in the reception area of the funeral home. Internment was in the Crouseville cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William and Pearl Staples Scholarship Fund, University of Maine at Presque Isle Foundation, 181 Main St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.duncan-graves.com