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Paul S. Haskins “beloved husband, father and grandfather”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Paul S. Haskins, 78, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on July 6, 1939 in Coudersport, he was a son of Louis and Bernice Baker Haskins. On December 31, 1960 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Mikell Rita Quimby, who survives.
Paul was a graduate of Coudersport High School. In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving mainly on the USS Forrestal. After serving in the Navy, he worked with Don Kelly of the Forestry Department, where they were instrumental in the development of Ski Denton. He was also employed in other jobs in the Coudersport area before going to work at Dresser Industries in Olean, N.Y., where he retired as a supervisor. He also served as a Sweden Township supervisor for 18 years and was the “self-appointed” mayor of Sweden Valley.
Paul was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as past president and had also served on the Board of Directors. He was honored in being named Firefighter of the Year in 1993. He was also a member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. Paul was an active member of the Sweden Feedin’ Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
Surviving besides his wife of 58 years are four children, Kelly M. (Dan) Burdick of Albion, N.Y., Susan L. (Ray) Lawrence of Roulette, and Patrick J. (Barbie) Haskins and Tim P. (Amber) Haskins, both of Coudersport; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; five brothers and a sister, Ronald “Bub” Haskins, Calvin “Fuzz” Haskins, Sally Partridge, Gary Haskins, Dale “Did” Haskins, and Rob Haskins; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by a brother, Tom “Tucker” Haskins.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church Social Room, where a Celebration of Paul’s life will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Steven Small, pastor, officiating.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Paul’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Paul, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com