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BATH — Thomas C. Staples, 86, died peacefully March 1 at Mid Coast Hospital with his family by his side.
On Aug. 3, 1924, he was born in Bath, a son of Charles and Marge (Knight) Staples and attended local schools.
In 1942 he married E. Maxine Bailey and they made their home in Bath to raise their family.
During World War II he served with the U.S. Army. Upon returning in 1945, he worked for Hyde Windlass and later for Bath Iron Works until retiring in 1986.
Family was very important to him and his kids meant the world to him.
An avid fisherman and hunter, he was thrilled to finally shoot his first moose in 2009 with his grandson Ross.
He was a member of the Corliss Street Baptist Church, The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lincoln Lodge of Bath and The Redman.
He was predeceased by his wife Maxine, twin daughters, Dorothy and Dianna Staples, six sisters, Myrtle, Alberta, Florence, Anne, Edna and Alice, and five brothers, Clint, Charles “Harpo,” Manford, Donald and Frank.
Survived are two children, Cynthia E. Mitchell of Bath, and George E. Staples of Bath; a sister, Shirley Pouliot of Bath, and a brother, Harold Staples and his wife Lorraine of West Plain, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at the funeral home.
Memorial condolences can be shared with his family at desmondfuneralhomes.com.