Fred L. Staples, age 91, of Naples, formerly of Marshfield, Mass., died Jan. 3, after a lengthy bout with Alzheimers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Louise, also of Naples. In addition, he is survived by his sons, Dana and wife Kathleen of Marshfield, Richard and partner Shirley Parkhurst of Pocasset and Thomas and his partner Mary Liebrandt of Seekonk; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Brock and Brittany. Son of Fred and Althea Staples, he is also survived by his brother, Donal of Falmouth, Maine; and his sisters, Natalie Henderson of Marshfield, Cynthia Josselyn of Concord, N.H., and Gloria Peterson of Phoenix; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Selwyn, and sisters, Winnifred and Judith. Fred was a star athlete as the captain of his high school football, basketball, and baseball teams and graduated as a member of the Marshfield Class of 1939. He served in the Army-Air Force during World War II, serving on Air-Sea Rescue Crash-Boats while stationed on Mindanao in the Philippines. Fred returned to Marshfield in 1946 and started lobstering shortly thereafter; he fished and then built the Brant Rock Fishmarket in the 1950s and thereafter had the Windsong built. Fred was a high-liner who fished regardless of weather, his exploits became local legend as he stubbornly lobstered and dragged in his own successful way. Fred innovated and mentored, always a competitor, retiring only when he felt that he had lost his edge as a top producer. Moving to Bonita Beach in the mid 1980s, Fred and Louise enjoyed many wonderful years of retirement until his disease became totally debilitating. A private ceremony will be held this summer. Contributions can be made in Freds memory to the Alzheimers Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 7, 2012