MILLINOCKET - Vaughn M. "Von" Mackin, 80, passed away peacefully March 10, 2014, at a Mars Hill health care facility after a long battle with cancer. He was born February 9, 1934 in Millinocket, the son of Clarence and Lillian (Gaskin) Mackin, Sr.
Von grew up in Millinocket, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1953, where he was voted Best Looking and Best Dancer. He worked as a Machinist for the Great Northern Paper Company for 34 years, retiring in 1988. Von never married, though he took care of many of his friends and family members when needed. He loved to cook in years gone by, and continued to support in a financial way the church suppers put on by his cousin, Gene Nice.
Von is survived by a brother, John Mackin and his wife Mary; four sisters, Geraldine Martin, Marilyn "Teashie" Terrio and her husband Ben, Mary Lou Corriveau and her husband Rodney, and Donna Cogswell; a sister in law, Linda Mackin; a special nephew, Eric Cogswell and his wife Marcia who contributed to his care over the past year; a special cousin, Eleanor Dunnell of Portland, and a longtime friend of the family Barbara MacDonald; and many additional nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Von was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence Mackin, Jr. his wife, Gail, and their son Michael; and Carroll Mackin, and his daughter, C.J.; and a brother in law, George "Buster" Martin.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby St., Millinocket, with the Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, presider. Spring interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Von may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.