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Thomas F. Stapleton, retired district sales manager; Nov. 29, 1926 -- June 22, 2011

Thomas F. Stapleton, a retired district sales manager for Lawless Container Corp., died Wednesday in his Buffalo home. He was 84.

Born in North Buffalo, Mr. Stapleton was a graduate of Canisius High School. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, Mr. Stapleton resumed his education and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Canisius College in 1950. He spent most of his working career as a salesman for Lawless Container in North Tonawanda, where his success was attributed to his professionalism and development of strong personal relationships with his clients.

Mr. Stapleton worked for Lawless almost 40 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member and former president of Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives.

An ardent supporter of Canisius College, he organized many alumni events for his alma mater, both here and in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he had a winter home.

Mr. Stapleton was co-founder of the Amherst Gaelic League and was known for the St. Patrick's Day parties he hosted at The Place.

He also was a life member and board member at the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont.; a member of Lorenzo Burroughs Jr. Post 78, American Legion; and a dedicated parishioner of St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

His first wife, Elizabeth N. Hickey Stapleton, died in 1981.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy McDonnell; five sons, Thomas and Timothy Stapleton, and Paul, Mark and Sean McDonnell; and three daughters, Mary Cavalieri, Mary O'Rourke and Susan Stephens.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.


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