Stephen Elliot Naples, 87 of Waretown, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on May 7, 2020. Stephen was born to his late parents, Stephen and Helen (Hayes) Naples, in Staten Island, NY. He attended St. Peters High School Staten Island and graduated from McKee Vocational & Technical High School (also Staten Island) 1951.
Stephen served in the US Navy from June 1951 to June 1955. He was stationed aboard the USS Vulcan AR5 and USS Corregidor CVE 58 serving as quartermaster. He worked as a Sandy Hook Pilot in the Port of NY/NJ from 1956 to 1992 also serving as an Association Trustee for multiple years.
He moved from Staten Island, NY to Middletown, NJ in 1967. Stephen was an active member of the Middletown Township Lions Club from 1973 serving as President in 1979-80 and five years as Treasurer. He also served as New Jersey District 16B Governor in 1993-94, State Council Chairman from 2002 to 2003, and New Jersey Multiple District Advisor 2002-2005.
He moved to Waretown NJ in 2002 and was an active member of the Greenbriar Oceanaire Mens Club helping to raise funds for veterans and local first responders through multiple golf outings and other fund raising projects.
Stephen joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Duffy Division 2 in 2005 serving as club Treasurer from 2006 to present and assisting in fund raising for multiple projects including supporting the St. Mary’s Academy of Manahawkin, NJ. A regular parishioner at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnegat NJ, he volunteered delivering meals to the needy through Kens Kitchen.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Elsie Maydich Naples, in 1979.
Survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mary Jo Thompson Naples, brother Robert J of Delray Beach, FL and sister Joan Naples Thompson of Wake Forest, NC, three sons and their spouses: Stephen Jr. and wife Barbara Ambler Naples of Goose Creek, SC, Richard and Elaina Naples of Middletown, NJ, and Paul and Hollie Naples of Glen Burnie, MD, as well as seven grandchildren: RJ, Stephen, Christian, Sarah, and Allison Naples, Lisa (Matt) Williams, Corrine (Mark) Tordik, four great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family will be having a “Celebration of Life” at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his loving memory would be greatly appreciated.
Fulfill Monmouth and Ocean https://fulfillnj.org/donate/
Ken’s Kitchen c/o St. Mary’s Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Deborah Hospital https://www.deborahfoundation.org/donate
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