SPRING HILL, FL - David Duke Haskins, age 95 of the Timber Pines Community passed away at the Trinity Medical Center, Sunday Feb 23, 2020. David was born the son of Bayard & Victoria Haskins on April 1, 1924 in Wellsville NY. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Smith Haskins, a loving wife and devoted and timeless caregiver for the many years Dave courageously battled cancer.
Also surviving are the couple’s five children; Nancy (Jay) Lazar of Bethlehem Pa., Thomas (Kristina) Haskins of Richmond Va., William (Robin) Haskins of Port St. Lucie, Fl., Anne Schettine of Bemus Point, NY, and Mark T. Haskins of Wellsville, NY, as well as 11 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Dave was predeceased by his parents and a brother Daniel Haskins, a sister Mary Atkinson and his Aunt, Bertha K. Haskins.
A Wellsville high school graduate, Dave then attended Columbia University before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Europe as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. A mighty plane for a mighty guy. Dave’s many accomplishments and achievements include; working closely with his family in the Oil Industry and held many positions at the Ebenezer Oil Co. Inc., including serving as an Officer and Director. Dave also served as an Officer and Director of the New York State Oil Producers Association, was a member of the Penn Grade Crude Association, a Director of the First Trust Company Bank, a Trustee of the David A. Howe Library and an elected Allegany County Legislator. He was also a past member of the Wellsville Lions Club where he entertained many Wellsville residents as an “End Man” in the Lions Variety Shows.
In his final days, Dave, the widely respected and loved “April Fool” even brought smiles to the faces of his nurses who stated that despite his age, infirmity and cancer he still made them smile.
Dave was a devoted family man and will be sadly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren. CAVU – Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited!
Friends may visit the family Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel from 2:00 to 3:00 with a memorial service to follow at the Chapel. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, NY, at a later date.
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