Fay L. Haskell, 90, of 2 Maple Ave. passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness. Born June 13, 1925 in Whitesville, he was the son of Asa Ray and Mabel Smith Haskell. On December 13, 1947 at the First Baptist Church of Friendship, he married the former Barbara Hand, who predeceased him on March 7, 2009.
Fay had grown up in Whitesville and attended Whitesville Central School. He had worked on the family farm in Whitesville after his schooling. He served with the army during WW2 (1944 - 1946) where he fought in combat in the Pacific Theater. After his stint in the army, Fay moved to Friendship and was employed at Daystrom Furniture in Friendship for 3-4 years. He then became a machinist at Clark Bros. in Olean for a few years after which he went to work at the Friendship GLF. In 1955 he was employed by the New York State Highway Dept, eventually becoming foreman of bridge repair retiring in 1980. Following retirement, Fay was a janitor at the Friendship Central School for a period of time, then drove for several banks in the area. In 1988 he and his wife moved to Salem, Arkansas, moving back to Friendship in 2011.Fay had received his GED through the VFW in Salem, Arkansas High School.Fay enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpenter work. He loved his family and time spent with them.He was a 22 year member and deacon of the Salem, Arkansas Cumberland Presbyterian Church, past member of the former Friendship First Baptist Church, attended the Friendship Bible Baptist Church, past member of the Friendship Ambulance Squad, a past member of the Friendship Fire Dept., past member of the Friendship Senior Citizens, a 30 year member of the Friendship American Legion Post # 1168 and a past member of the Friendship Swingers Square Dance Club.Surviving are a son, Steven F. (Christie) Haskell of Bradford, PA; a daughter, Martha (Samuel) Mott of Viola, Arkansas; a granddaughter and a great granddaughter; a brother, Thomas (Jo) Haskell of Rome, NY; two sisters, Gertrude Arron of GA, and Elouise Miller of FL; and several nieces and nephews. Fay was predeceased by a daughter, Norma Haskell; and a sister Sally Sullivan.
There will be no visitations. A memorial service will be held in the United Church of Friendship on February 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., with the Rev. Kirk Kirsch,, Pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship.