BRUNSWICK — Kenneth A. Staples, 71, died Aug. 22 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

He was born in Brunswick on July 4, 1941, the son of Hyrum and Virginia Bamforth Staples. Staples was raised by his grandparents, George and Ruth Bamforth. He attended Brunswick schools and was a 1960 graduate of Brunswick High School. Staples earned an associate’s degree in marine biology from Southern Maine Vocational Institute. For several years he worked at Brunswick Manufacturing.

On Dec. 17, 1974, he married the former Phyllis Raye Anderson.

Staples retired from the Brunswick Recreation Department after 20 years of service. He then worked as a part-time driver for Car Quest in Brunswick until retiring in November 2011.

Staples demonstrated a strong willingness to help others especially when help was needed most. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and eating Mike & Ike candy by the bagfuls. An avid reader, he also enjoyed books by Thomas Clancy, Stephen King and John Grisham.

Staples is survived by his wife, of Brunswick; two sons, Jason R. Wilkins of Portland and Darren J. Wilkins of Palmyra, Va.; two granddaughters, Ryan and Lexi Wilkins; a sister, Sharon Staples; a brother, Bob Staples, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Staples is predeceased by a brother, Bill Staples.

A funeral service was held Aug. 26 at Stetson’s Funeral Home in Brunswick with the Rev. Ronald McLaughlin officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011. Memorial condolences may be expressed at

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