George C. Staples, 86, died Feb. 8, 2010, after a long illness.

Born in Rockland on Dec. 28, 1923, he was the son of Hector G. and Bernice Fernald Staples. He attended Rockland schools and was a 1942 graduate of Rockland High School. Entering the U.S. Navy, he was a veteran of World War II.

On June 21, 1945, George married Charlotte Murphy in Rockland, where the couple made their home and raised their three daughters.

He was employed more than 42 years with Central Maine Power Company, first as lineman, working his way up to supervisor. He retired in 1987.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Rockland Golf Club. George was also a longtime member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No. 1 in Rockland.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine Seibold in 2005; and his sister, Priscilla Staples in 2009.

George is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte, of Rockland; his daughters, Carolyn Chapman and her husband, Sam, of Waldoboro and Marie Goss and her husband, Gene, of Spruce Head; his sister, Charlotte Newhall of Rockland; his son-in-law, Albert Seibold of Santa Rosa, Calif.; six grandchildren, Christopher Goss of Portsmouth, N.H., Dawn Goss Borden and her husband, Ted, of Sherborn, Mass., Jason Chapman and his wife, Laurie, of Washington, Andrew Chapman and his wife, Vanessa, of Waldoboro, Eric Seibold and his wife, Holly, of Santa Rose, Calif., and Jeremy Seibold and his wife, Effie, of Superior, Colo.; and seven great-grandchildren, Meredith and Amanda Borden of Sherborn, Mass., Cole and Kyleigh Chapman of Washington and Shaylynn, Reece and Rowdy Seibold of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Seth Jones will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock reception facility. Spring interment will be in Achorn Cemetery in Rockland. To leave online condolences, visit obituaries at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 438, Box 314, Concord, NH 03301. Also, because of his love of animals, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Knox County, P. O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.