- David Richert Haskins died on April 12, 2018 in the hospital. He was born on July 9, 1939 in Newton, MA and was the oldest child of Professor Elmer and Louise (Gebhard) Haskins. David was raised in Ohio and Vermont before graduating from high school in Potsdam, NY.
He graduated from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University with a degree in Pulp and Paper Technology. Dave was a member of the Syracuse 1957 crew team. While at Syracuse, he met the love of his life, Luella, a nursing student. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, fishing, target shooting, hunting, and trapping. Dave enjoyed traveling with his family to Vinalhaven, ME; Philadelphia, PA; Manitoulin Island, ON; Glacier National Park; and his family home of Potsdam, NY.
Dave worked at paper mills in Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota and Pennsylvania before settling in Millinocket, ME. He spent his career in the paper industry, holding positions ranging from paper machine foreman to process engineer. At the time of his retirement from the Research Department at Great Northern Paper Co., he was Product Development Group Leader.
For a number of years, David was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Millinocket. He participated in many good works including the Heifer International Project. He was also Deacon, head usher, and a Sunday school teacher.
Dave is survived by his wife of 57 years, Luella (Brown) Haskins and their children and spouses: Joanne Muscarella (Tom); Carol Haskins (Jorge Santos); Robert Haskins (Mary); and Jon Haskins (Stephanie). Dave enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren: Claire, Peter, Emily, Garrett, Isaac and Avery. His sister Lynne Matott also survives him. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by sisters, Cynthia Culley and Natalie Matott. More than just a good provider, he worked hard to teach his children and grandchildren values, tree species and thinking outside the box.
The family wishes to thank his caregivers including the staff of Millinocket Regional Hospital for their kind, dedicated and respectful care.
Visiting hours will be held 6 to 8 PM Friday, April 20th at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, ME. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM Saturday April 21st at Lamson Funeral Home with the participation of Rev. Patrick Seymour. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Town of Millinocket Fire and Rescue, 197 Penobscot Ave., Millinocket, ME 04462.
Private burial will be in Dighton, MA at a later date.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  April 16, 2018