CAPTAIN JOHN T. WAPLES
DEWEY BEACH RESIDENT
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware July 24, 1957.
Captain John T. Waples, age 71, a colorful recluse and ex sailor who lived alone in a small shack at edge of Rehoboth Bay in Dewey Beach, died Sunday night in the Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City.
A retired tugboat skipper, fisherman and familiar character to watermen of Sussex county, occupied a small shack he built himself, with the only companions a blind dog and a cat. His Dewey neighbors kept a 'look out' for him in his later years.
Captain Johnny was a native of the section , living here all his life. He had no known survivors. He is buried in Rehoboth Methodist Epworth Cemetery beside his parents by Melson Funeral Home , conducted by Rev A. E. Dougherty. Pastor of Bethel Methodist Church, Lewes.