Basil M. Staples

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Stockton Springs - Basil Staples died peacefully at Tall Pines on August 11, 2019. Basil was born on October 7, 1935 in Stockton Springs, Maine to Medbury and Mabel (Dunaver) Staples. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 53 years Mary F. (Smith) Staples, and their baby son, Spencer.
After graduating as valedictorian from Stockton Springs High School in 1955, Basil intended to study engineering but decided to marry his high school sweetheart, Mary Smith, in 1957. As an only son and newlywed, Basil could have asked for an exemption from military service, but proudly reported for basic training after being drafted in 1958. Basil's service in the 1st Infantry in West Germany led to friendships that he maintained for the rest of his life. Basil spent most of his working life at the paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. He also spent many happy hours working on Staples Homestead, his family farm, where he managed his blueberry and hayfields. In 1987, he opened a "pick your own" wild blueberry business - one of the very few that existed at the time. Recently, he was especially proud of completing a major restoration of the Homestead's barn.
Basil was a lifelong resident of Stockton Springs and served the town in many voluntary capacities. In 2016, he was awarded the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for his dedicated service to the town. With his wife Mary, he helped to establish the Stockton Springs Community Library. His idea to collect returnable bottles and cans for the Library's book fund has raised over $100,000.
Basil is survived by a daughter Dawn Staples-Knox, her husband Andrew Knox, their children, Dylan and Lucy Knox, and Lucy's husband Chris Giggie; a daughter Andrea Staples; a son Scott Staples, his wife Nancy Rimm Staples, their children Logan and Tori Staples; and several cousins and many cherished friends.
Friends may call from 4 - 6 pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Mitchell Tweedie Funeral Home at 14 Elm Street, Bucksport, Maine. We will celebrate Basil's wonderful life at a later date. Anyone wishing to make donations in his honor should send them to the Stockton Springs Community Library or Ambulance Service, or the scholarship fund at his American Legion post c/o Horace Seekins, P.O. Box 211, Stockton Springs.
Published on August 13, 2019
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Pam Foster Colson
Aug 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs.
Frank Dunbar (barber in bucksport)
Aug 15, 2019
I cut Basils hair for many years , he was such a pleasant man. i enjoyed our talks when he can to see me. I was unable to cut hair the last 4 years but my daughter continued to cut his hair. He will be missed.
Fred Hutchins
Aug 14, 2019
I worked with Basil in the power plant at the mill for a number of years and always respected his hard work, willingness to help others and his ready wit as well as his keen intelligence. He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.
Linda White
Aug 13, 2019
Dawn, deepest condolences to you and your family at your dad’s passing. He sounded like an amazing gentleman ❤️
Jeff&laverne; Davis
Aug 13, 2019
Basil was our neighbor ever since I can remember. I babysit for Basil&Mary; when I was young. They lived in the little white house right in front of ours and then down the road from us. Many good times at the red barn and their home on the Cape were spent with many friends! Always fun to be around! I will miss his charming ways and that great big smile. Basil was a great addition to our town and will certainly be missed.
Ruth Ginn
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss praying for your family may he rest in peace
Bill Cote
Aug 13, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family Basil was an awesome Man!!!
Robbie and Dick Pendleton
Aug 13, 2019
He was a very special man and a special friend to us both, (we survived many a party), he will always be remembered and loved.
JIM MICHAUD
Aug 13, 2019
Please accept my condolences. It is apparent to me that he was a special man.
Martha McLain
Aug 13, 2019
I wish to extend my sympathy to the family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lucy Webb Hardy
Aug 13, 2019
My sympathies to Basil's family. His mother was my sister Brenda's first teacher. My family enjoyed picking blueberries at the homestead and chatting with Basil. Basil's dedication to bringing a library to Stockton was so inspiring. His Bottles for Books idea was one I borrowed for our community hall here in Wells Branch--we have an ongoing Bottles for the Branch which has helped our hall greatly. Stockton has lost a great leader.
Diane Coose Littlefield
Aug 13, 2019
Basil was the nicest, sweetest, kindest, and most thoughtful man I've ever know. And we are 3rd Cousins too.Blessings to the STAPLES family.
Tricia Rumney
Aug 13, 2019
I had the pleasure of knowing Basil for several years, dealing with him regarding the library and also the annual promotional calendar that he enjoyed putting together. During visits to my office we found that we knew many of the same people through him working at the Bucksport mill, his serving on the board of the local credit union, and more importantly his relatives that lived in Penobscot where he spent time during his childhood. We shared so many good stories and laughs. I feel blessed to have known him and will miss him dearly.