Lyman G. Haskell

Lyman G. Haskell passed away on September 17 in Vero Beach, FL after a brief illness.  He was 96. 

Born near Gainsville FL in 1915, he was graduated from the University of Florida in 1937 after lettering in swimming for three years.  From the time his family first visited Chebeague circa 1921 until his legs began to fail him seriously in 1999, except during WWII he never missed a summer on the Island.  He, his brother Harold, and his father, Dr. Lyman G. Haskell Sr. built what is now the Smith cottage on the back shore circa 1925. 

He married Margaret Sinkinson, a native Islander on August 23, 1940.  They had one son, Roger. 

Lyman served in the U. S. Army in Europe during WWII, earning a Bronze Star and other medals, and being retired from the Army Reserve after the war as Lieutenant Colonel.  He worked briefly for Shawmut Bank in Boston, and later joined Union Mutual Life Insurance Company in Portland, where he worked until 1976.  At about the time the Haskell cottage was sold to the Smiths in the 1950s he and Margaret bought the surrounding land, which now contains Haskell Drive.  He gradually renovated and expanded what is now the Haskell cottage.  After Margaret’s death in 1977 he married Enid McCarthy, with whom he lived until her death in 2004.   He spent the rest of his retirement between Florida in the winter and Chebeague in the summer.    He enjoyed carpentry and being on the water.  For his entire life, there never was a place he would rather be than Chebeague Island. 

He is survived by his son Roger and his daughter-in-law SueAnna, two grandchildren, Brad and Rachelle, and three great grandchildren.