Born 12th May 1934 in Hanwell, Middlesex to Thomas Henry Humphries Stapleton and Alice Maud Stapleton (neé Singleton), the second son of three brothers, Peter, Paul and Graham Stapleton.
Paul was evacuated from Hayes, Middlesex to Oxfordshire with his brother Peter during World War II and returned to his home at Precinct Road, Hayes in 1944. He attended Townfield School until the age of 15 when he joined his Uncle Frank’s butchery business in Hillingdon as a butcher’s apprentice.
Paul was called up for his National Service on 7th August 1952 and was trained as a cook in the Catering Corps and he returned to 42 Dudley Road, Southall on 30th August 1954.
Paul was married on the 21st June 1958 to his childhood sweetheart June Baxter, his next door neighbour since they were very small children. The happy couple moved from their flat in Hayes to Canford Avenue, Northolt and had two children, David and Susan. In 1965 they all moved to Denham, 7 Woodhurst Drive, where he lived happily for 25 years.
The pinnacle of his career was when he became the manager of a butcher’s shop in the North End Road with 12 staff. He then took on the challenge of being an insurance agent for the Co-op Insurance Company.
Paul and his father, brothers, aunt and cousins were very close, and he enjoyed visiting them every Wednesday to play golf or cards. He was especially fond of his dear Auntie Ann.
In 1988, Paul was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and he bravely battled this condition for 33 years. He never complained or showed any resentment towards his illness; he was always happy and would sing and tell funny stories and had a continuous smile on his face.
Sadly, in 1989 Paul and June decided to go their separate ways and Paul returned to Northolt.
Paul had many friends who supported and cared for him. He enjoyed nothing more than spending Friday evenings having drinks and a laugh with his close friends David and Doris Booker, Cyd and Margaret Adams, John and Irene Burks, Maureen and Den Brooker, Pat and Peter Jones and many more.
He was a wonderful Father to David and Susan and an amazing Grandad to Mia, Ava and Jacob. He was kind and generous, never miserable, and always had a joke and a laugh with everyone who came to visit him.
He will be greatly missed by us all.
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