Jack's Story

ORONO - Jack T. McAskill, 93, passed away suddenly, May 1, 2015, at a Bangor healthcare facility. He was born in Memphis, TN, April 11, 1922, the son of Thurman Wilson and Lois (Easterling) McAskill.

Jack graduated from Memphis Tech High School and enlisted in the US Navy, October 18, 1940. He completed his boot camp training at Norfolk, VA, after further training he was assigned to the USS Vulcan and the USS Babbit, where he served in the North Atlantic until reassigned to convoy patrol. Jack was sent to Optical Instructional School for additional training and then spent 18 months in Brazil at a Navy Repair Base. From there he was sent to Key West, FL to a USN Submarine Base until the end of WWII when he was discharged after 6 years of service. Jack reenlisted in 1947 and was given orders to report to New London, CT. He later served on board a destroyer in Plymouth England, which made various trips around Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, France and Germany, as well as a cruise to the United Nations to Beirut, Lebanon and back to England via Port Said, Algiers. He returned to the US in 1950 and was sent on to Japan, and eventually back to the US to serve in Norfolk, MA for two years and then another 2 years in Newport, RI aboard the USS Yosemite, when he was finally sent to USN School Command in NTC Great Lakes. He retired, February of 1961, after 20 years of service as a CPO. He then went to work for the US Postal Service as a clerk for 22 years. Jack married Elizabeth Ann Murray, March 30, 1957, in Stillwater. Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth McAskill; Jack's sons, Richard, Brian and David; daughter, Margaret; grandson, Ryan; granddaughter, Ashley; his wife's grandsons, Brian and Chris; great granddaughter, Sonya; daughter in law, Lorene; sister, Betty Cook of Chatt, TN; four nieces, Carolyn, Barb, Linda and Judy; as well as many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his son, Richard; and his wife's sons, Peter and John. A graveside service with military honors will be held 2 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Riverside Cemetery, Orono with Rev. Arthur Cotton, officiating. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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