BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Brian A. Haskell, 70, of Laurel Avenue, passed away peacefully at his home July 1, 2018. Brian was born in Fitchburg, Mass. Dec. 6, 1947, the son of LeRoy and Catherine (Cavanaugh) Haskell. He was a 1965 graduate of Bellows Falls Union High School, the University of Vermont, and earned his master’s degree in education from Keene State College in 1974. Brian was a teacher at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vt. for 42 years. He was a member of the BPOE 119 and a past exalted ruler in 1977-1978, the American Legion Post 37, the Polish American Club, and the Polish Roman Catholics of America. Brian coached in the Connecticut Valley Pee Wee League for 37 years and was head official of the VPA at times throughout his lengthy officiating career.
Brian is survived by his wife Brenda Pease McGowan and her children Eric and William; his sons Casey Haskell and wife Misty of Bellows Falls and Cory Haskell and wife Janelle of Rockingham; grandsons Wylee, Ozzee, Caden and Brennen; brother Kent “Grump” Haskell and wife Rose of Bellows Falls; sisters Brenda Stack and husband Michael of Saxtons River and Judith Haskell-Patch and husband David of Wallingford, and many nieces and nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his first wife Susan (Mellish), brother Gary “Moe” Haskell, and stepdaughter Elizabeth McGowan.
There will be calling hours Wednesday, July 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Fenton and Hennessy Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Thursday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Bellows Falls, with a reception immediately following at the church. A burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to The CVPWFL, c/o Ed Vancor, P.O. Box 703, Bellows Falls, VT 05101 or to the EIk’s Scholarship Fund c/o George Bennett, P.O. Box 367, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.
Brian touched many lives throughout his lifetime in one way or another. Please hold those memories in your hearts and cherish each and every moment with your loved ones. We will miss you dearly, Dad.