David A. Staples, 55, Navy veteran and father, died Sept. 5, 2010, at Togus, following a one-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Born in Rockland July 22, 1955, he was a son of Eugene W. and Ruth (Oliver) Staples. As a very young child, he spent summers on Metinic island. He attended Rockland schools, leaving at age 17 to join the Navy. After basic training at Great Lakes, Ill., he served at Jacksonville, Fla., and on several aircraft carriers, including the USS Nimitz, serving in the waters of Vietnam.

Following his discharge, David stayed in Florida, working as a chef in the food service industry. He resided in Aynor, S.C., before moving here.

He enjoyed playing baseball in the summer, football in the fall and shoveled off courts to play basketball outside in the winter. He was a member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1 of Rockland.

More recently, David was thrilled to be actively involved in his youngest son Daniel’s life. He enjoyed their day-to-day involvement and most recently enjoyed watching Daniel learn lobstering aboard his Uncle Danny’s boat.

He was predeceased by his parents.

David is survived by his children, Tina Justyna and her husband, Fred, of Orange Park, Fla., David Staples II of Jacksonville, Fla., and Daniel P. Staples of Cushing; six siblings, Mildred Lewis of South Thomaston, Barbara Arasz and her husband, Dick, of Liberty, Gene Staples and his wife, Lorrie, of Thomaston, Fran Costa and her husband, Terry, of West Rockport, Danny Staples and his wife, Cindi, of Cushing and Betty Grant of Rockland; three grandchildren, Shane Justyna, Amber Justyna and Gavin Staples; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A graveside funeral service with military honors will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. at Achorn Cemetery on Old County Road in Rockland. The Rev. Andy Stinson will officiate.