11 July 2015 –
Mike Stapleton – “Stapo” as we all knew him at Marist and indeed around the softball clubs – died suddenly in Canada at the World Series. For Marist, Mike served on the Executive, coached and managed many teams. He was a great organiser and had a wealth of knowledge on softball, actually he had a wealth of knowledge on anything in general.
Mike retired and lived in Sydney, but would let us know when he was arriving in Auckland for a softball tournament, how long he would be staying and like good Marist people, we would always find a place for him to stay, either at the Kohlhases, Rudds or Forsyths. He loved coming for the Brother Patrick Tournament – he attended the most recent one in February this year. Mike will be sadly missed by everyone at Marist.