Victor's Story

STONINGTON - The ever-present twinkle in Vic's eyes was lost on February 17, 2015 at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle. He was born on October 11, 1925 during a snow storm in Deer Isle, the son of Arthur Cabot and Beatrice (Pickering) Haskell.

After attending schools on Deer Isle until his senior year, Vic graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1943. He then served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Shortly after his discharge, he proposed to and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Marie Weed, on August 17, 1946. After a year at the University of Maine, they returned to Deer Isle and later moved to Stonington. In 1951, Vic opened V-R Market and later Vic's IGA in Stonington, which he operated for over 30 years. Many high school students got their first jobs working at Vic's and he eased the economic stress of winter on the Island by extending credit to many of his customers. Vic was a member of American Legion Post No. 102, Masonic Marine Lodge No. 122 and a Shriner. In his retirement years, he welcomed many friends and new acquaintances to his "Breakfast Club" in the basement of his home in Stonington, where pool and cribbage games, comradery and Barb's muffins and biscuits were enjoyed by all.

Vic was predeceased by Barb who passed away on October 12, 2010, his brother, Arthur C. ("Dud") Haskell, of Deer Isle and his sister, Carolyn Heston, of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is survived by a son, Dean and his wife Cris of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and a son, Chris and his wife Jane of Gardiner, Maine and their sons Dustin and Sean.

A service celebrating Vic's life will be held this summer at a place and date to be announced. A huge thank you is given to his friends and staff at the Island Nursing Home where Vic was a resident for the past five years. Donations in Vic's memory can be made to the Island Nursing Home, 587 N. Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627 or the Memorial Ambulance Corps, 423 Airport Road, Stonington, ME 04681.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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