David Paul Staley, champion lacrosse player, dies

He had been goalie on 1980 championship team at UMBC

May 10, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

David Paul Staley, who had worked in marketing and been a champion lacrosse player, died Sunday of heart failure at the Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The former Columbia resident was 50.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Columbia, Mr. Staley was a 1979 graduate of Atholton High School, where he played football and lacrosse, wrestled, and ran cross-country.

He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration in 1983 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

While at UMBC, Mr. Staley was a goalie on the 1980 lacrosse team that defeated Adelphi to become the school's first NCAA Division II national champion.

Mr. Staley had worked in marketing until about a year ago, when he moved to Kennett Square, Pa.

He retained an interest in lacrosse and was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan. He also enjoyed golfing.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square.

Surviving are his parents, David C. and Antoinette L. "Toni" Staley of Kennett Square; two brothers, Mike Staley of Landenberg, Pa., and Tim Staley of West Chester, Pa.; two sisters, M. Victoria Ziethen of Bel Air and Bridget Mulholland of Kennett Square; and 10 nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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