Sean Michael Stapleford

Sean Michael Stapleford

Berlin, Germany
Death 24 May 2012 (aged 56)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Goochland County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 90956572 · View Source
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On June 8, 1972, Sean became paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident on the James River in Newport News, Virginia. He was just 16 years old.

His brother, David Lee, passed away on March 3, 2012. Some of his ashes were placed with Sean's so his family would have a place to go to remember both of these remarkable individuals.

STAPLEFORD, Sean Michael, 56, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 24, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born in Berlin, Germany, and was raised an Air Force brat, the oldest of seven. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Martha (Foertch) Stapleford; and a brother, David Lee Stapleford.

He was survived by his four sisters, one brother, 14 nieces and nephews and one great-niece. He also left behind many friends and staff at The Virginia Home in Byrd Park, where he had resided for the past 19 years.

Sean was an x-ray technician at age 15 and, although a quadriplegic since the age of 16, he also worked at VCU as well as various other companies to improve the accessibility of websites for disabled individuals. Sean enjoyed verbally sparring with family and friends on a vast array of subjects.

He was fiercely independent and a knowledgeable and reliable advocate not only for his own health, but for his family's as well. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to pull pranks on unsuspecting family and staff.

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  • Created by: Shannon Yowell
  • Added: 29 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 90956572
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sean Michael Stapleford (20 Feb 1956–24 May 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 90956572, citing Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Goochland County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Shannon Yowell (contributor 47111748) .