Howard N. Staples Sr. – North Smithfield

Howard N. Staples Sr. – North Smithfield

Howard N. Staples Sr., 89, of Iron Mine Hill Road, North Smithfield, passed into eternal life on June 16, 2019, at the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville, R.I.

Born in Cumberland, R.I., to Frank and Angelina (Paquette) Staples, he was the beloved husband of the late Virginia R (Hammonds) Staples whom he married Oct. 28, 1950.

Howard owned and operated Staples Landscaping for 45 years. He loved working in the outdoors. He was a longtime member of the Woonsocket Church of the Nazarene. Having given his life to God as a younger man, he served many roles in the church: Sunday School, superintendent, treasurer and secretary. The last years of his life he attended the Uxbridge Valley Chapel Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed their services and fellowship. His deep baritone singing voice could be heard by all in attendance.

Howard had many interests: loving Iggy’s clam cakes, hitting the golf course, government politics and watching Judge Judy. He nurtured his beloved cat, Frisky, since a day old.

He had the pleasure of being a member of the Woonsocket Senior Center “Home for the Day” program.

He is survived by his eight children: Howard N. Staples Jr. and his wife Ardi of West Wareham, Mass., William J. Staples and wife Bonnie of Norco, Calif., Nancy R. Krajczynski and husband, Russell, of North Smithfield, R.I., Linda S. Krajewski and husband, Michael, of North Smithfield, R.I., Kathleen L. Burt and husband, Steve, of Woonsocket, R.I., Mary Hiley and husband, Matthew, of North Smithfield, R.I., Helen J. Lafreniere and husband, Jeffrey, of North Smithfield, R.I., and Jennifer R. Emerson and husband, Craig, of Cumberland, R.I.; and his cherished 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Waiting in heaven to greet him are his brothers Lionel Staples, Frank Staples, sister Geraldine Leaf, grandson Joshua Burt and granddaughter Rena Fleury.

His funeral service will be held, Monday, June 24, at 10 a.m., in the Keene-Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield. Burial will follow in the Diamond Hill Cemetery, Reservoir Road, Cumberland. Visitation will be held Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

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