Robert John Stapleford, Jr.
Mr. Robert John Stapleford, Jr., known fondly as Hawk, age 76, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013.
A native Delawarean, Mr. Stapleford was born in Wilmington on November 26, 1936, son of the late Robert John Stapleford, Sr. and Lula Fulton Stapleford. He was a member of UAW Local #1183 and worked as a troubleshooter with the former Chrysler Corporation in Newark. He truly loved his job, retiring after 37 years of service.
Mr. Stapleford was great fan of NASCAR for many years and enjoyed cheering for his favorite drivers. Well-known for his big heart and generous nature, he will be sadly missed by the many people who loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy J. Byrd Stapleford; daughter, Karen L. Steele (Kirk) of Wilmington; son, Robert John Stapleford III of Dover; sister, Nancy Palmer of New Castle; five grandchildren, Nicole, Alyssa, Robert IV, Ian, and Nicholas; and two great grandsons, Dustin and Evan.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, January 28th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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