Larry H. Haskin, 74, of Sauquoit, N.Y., died Friday, April 6, 2012 on Copper Mountain, Colo.
"My home is to die in the meadow or on the mountain." His wish was granted on Good Friday, April 6 on Copper Mountain where he was attending his grandson's National Snowboard Competition.
Larry was born Jan. 20, 1938, son of Bernice Smith and Warren Haskin of Westfield.
Larry H. Haskin
After graduating from Westfield Academy in 1956, Larry served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was dedicated to the study of military history. After earning his degree at Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, he continued his education at SUNY IT and Utica College. He worked as a senior mechanical designer at GE Radio Receiver on Broad Street in Utica and then at Thompson Consumer Electronics in Syracuse. His career included extensive travel in the Far East and Europe where he experienced diverse cultures and made many lasting friendships.
He was an avid NASCAR fan who had many adventures with his sons at races all over the East Coast.
Larry regarded retirement as an exciting challenge that he filled by taking on many new endeavors. Each day started with the coffee regulars at the New Hartford Price Chopper after which his grandpup Beau "Spot" took him out for their morning adventure. He thoroughly enjoyed his participation in the Monday Senior Bowling League at Kin Pin Lanes. He was always entertained by his bowling buddies, who were a highlight of his week.
He leaves his "lifeline" of 50 years, Carol; daughters Valerie and Michael Loucy, Vt., and Cheryl and Stephen Manna, Whitesboro; sons Timothy Haskin and Mitch Nelson, Minn., Andrew and Jennifer Haskin, Barneveld, Neill and Melissa Haskin, Md.; daughter-in-law Catherine Haskin; grandchildren Carolyn, Samantha and Nicholas Haskin, Madison, Jack and Molly Loucy, Emily and Evan Manna and Adam and Brett Haskin; sister-in-law Louise and Jack Norris, Calif.; sisters Virginia Riedesel deceased January 2012, Martha Sherman, Westfield, OnaLee and Bert Baker, N.M., Donna and Bill Carter, Fla., Patricia Cochran, Westfield, Phyllis and Bob Genthner, Westfield, Judy and Dave Hoffman, Westfield; brother Howard and Gwen Haskin, Westfield; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to him. He never missed the Haskin family reunion or other large family events.
The family would like to acknowledge Susan Griffing N.P. for her years of caring and friendship.
He enjoyed the bond he had with his canine companions Mack and Mickey.
He was tremendously proud of his grandchildren's accomplishments and endeavors. He was looking forward to his granddaughter Samantha's wedding in September. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed exploring the creative possibilities offered by digital photography which he used to chronicle his family's many adventures and celebrations.
In lieu of flowers, Larry's family has established a trust to be donated to his favorite charities. Donations may be sent to the Larry H. Haskin Memorial Fund, 8135 Old Poland Road, Barneveld, N.Y. 13304.
Visitation was held Saturday, April 14 from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Genesse Street, Utica. A celebration of Larry's life commenced at 10 a.m., officiated by Rev. Joseph Salerno.