, Salem, MA

June 13, 2013

Philip F. Staples, 79

Bradenton, FL — Philip Finnemore Staples died peacefully June 4, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. He was surrounded by his children and loving wife, Stephanie, whom he spent his last 18 years with. Phil lived a fruitful life and touched many people. Born in Brockton, Mass., in 1934, he grew up in Whitman, Mass., with his late brother, Robert; mother, Inez and father, Carleton. He graduated from Whitman-Hanson High School in 1953 where he was a student athlete. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1962. After, he married the late Iona (Weisberg), with whom he shared 31 years of life, proprietors of Julie's Beef, and a home in Marblehead. He loved to coach hockey and baseball and was a dedicated Bruins fan. He was an avid boater and lifetime member of the Marblehead Yacht Club. He was a Scottish Rites 32nd degree Mason, Major and President of Sahib Oriental Band Pipes and Drums, Aide to the Potentate, York Rites and many other branches and organizations. He will be honored by the Shriners of Boston in September. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; beloved dog, Maggie; daughter, Beth and husband, Brian LaCroix; sons, Eric and Jesse; son, Geoffrey and wife, Diana; grandchildren, Derek Matthew, Megan Ashley and Nathaniel Iona.

ARRANGEMENTS:  He will be laid to rest June 14, 2013, in the Sarasota National Cemetery. A private service is being held June 16, 2013, at the Marblehead lighthouse at noon, where Iona was laid to rest. He will be greatly missed.