William Henry Haskell Jr., a lifelong resident of Buzzards Bay, died July 1 at Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth. He was 86.

He was the son of William and Harriet (Grew) Haskell and was educated at Bourne High School.

He entered the US Army in May 1951 and served two years during the Korean War. Upon returning home he played semi-professional football for the Falmouth All-Stars for two years.

Mr. Haskell worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years at the Cape Cod Canal and received several awards of recognition before retiring on January 30, 1988. He also worked for the Barnstable Public Schools for eight years.

He was an active member of several organizations. As a Mason he was a lifelong member of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts AF and AM and the DeWitt Clinton Lodge in Sandwich. He was also a member of Mariners Lodge in Cotuit, Scottish Rite 32nd degree in Wareham and Aleppo Temple Shrine, where he served as a lieutenant on the lighting unit, Demolay Dad and member and past president of the Weary Travelers Club.

He also held life membership in the American Legion Post 188 of Sandwich and in the Wareham Elks 1648, where he worked the bingo nights for many years.

Mr. Haskell was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-on-the-Canal for many years. He opened the church on Sundays, served as an usher and volunteered at the Friendly Kitchen meals for the community.

He leaves his former wife, Rita (Cyr) Haskell of Forestdale.

A funeral service was Wednesday, July 10, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-on-the-Canal in Buzzards Bay.

Burial followed at Massachusetts National Cemetery.

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