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Michael Francis Staples

July 21, 1955 ~ June 27, 2017 (age 61)


Michael Francis Staples was born July 21, 1955, the son of Thomas F. Staples and Elizabeth A. (MacLeod) Staples of Gardiner. He died June 27th at the age of 61 after a long illness with his son/best friend at his side.

Michael briefly attended Hebron Academy and graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1971. He spent many happy summers working at Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit and forever treasured the friendships that he made there.

He served 2 years in the Coast Guard Reserves. He owned and ran his own sandwich shop in downtown Hallowell (Derin’s) until the ill-fated Flood of 1987. He bartended at several popular area restaurants before deciding to enroll in the culinary program at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. After graduating, he pursued his love of food and cooking at restaurants in R.I., Indiana and Maine.

Mike loved music and was thus inclined, playing piano, organ and guitar. He was especially fond of The Beatles and James Taylor. He had a kind, nostalgic heart and enjoyed a good joke. His favorite line from the movie “Arthur” perhaps best sums up his approach to life: “Because isn’t fun the best thing to have?”

He will be profoundly missed by his survivors: his beloved son Colby and his wife Kelsey of Jacksonville, N.C., stepmother Margaret Staples of Gardiner, sister Anne (Staples) Tessari of Gardiner, special aunt Nancy MacLeod of Vero Beach, FL, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his mother Elizabeth (Betty), his father Thomas, sister Cathleen A. Staples, and brother Patrick F. Staples.

Visitation will be at Staples Funeral Home on Sat. July 1st from 11:30 to 1:00, followed by a graveside service at the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed for the Staples’ Family Children’s Book Fund, started by his mother, at Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St., Gardiner, ME.

 Service Information

Visiting hours
July 1, 2017

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Staples Funeral Home
53 Brunswick Ave.
P.O.Box 598
Gardiner, ME 04345

Graveside Service
July 1, 2017

1:00 PM
St. Joseph Cemetery
Dean Street
Gardiner, Maine 04345

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