Major Matthew J. Stapleton, 41, of Wilmington passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter from melanoma, with his family and close friends by his side.
Matthew is preceded in death by his mother Mary Dolkas.
He is survived by his wife Mary K. Stapleton of the home, daughters Hannah, Sarah and Norah Stapleton of the home and brothers Judd and Chase Stapleton.
Matthew was a teacher at New Hanover High School for 8 years where he taught US History and Drivers Education. He also coached Girls Track and Cross Country. Matthew enlisted in the US Army in 1984 where he served as an Intelligence Analyst. In 1990 he enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard where he later received his commission and became active in 2005. Major Stapleton’s experience includes a tour in Bosnia and combat in Iraq.
A funeral mass will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 30, 2008 at St. Mark Catholic Church where the family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday. A prayer service will begin at 6:00 PM Friday. Interment in Wilmington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Stapleton Family Fund C/O Carolina First Bank.
Condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com
Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099