Eleanor G. Haskin – Waitsfield

Eleanor G. Haskin, 83, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday morning, May 3, 2015. Born in Burlington on Oct. 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Alton and Eunice F. (Buzzell) Farr. Eleanor was a 1950 graduate of Waitsfield High School and continued her education at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1957. When her father died in 1940, her mother Eunice became the sole owner of the Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Co. As a child, she helped repair phone lines, while in high school worked in the business office sorting and billing, as well as splitting the Sunday operator shift with her mother so the other operators could have the day off. Eleanor learned the industry and business from its infancy. On March 23, 1952, she married Dana L. Haskin in Waitsfield. Eleanor followed her husband’s military career that took them far from the Mad River Valley. With her mother’s health declining, Eleanor and Dana realized that the business was at a critical juncture and made the decision that keeping the business in the family and coming back to the Valley was the only choice. The move ushered in a new era of progress and leadership at the phone company. Eleanor became active in state, regional and national organizations in the independent phone industry, becoming the first woman president of the Telephone Assoc. of New England (TANE) and was the first woman inducted into the TANE Hall of Fame. In addition, her voice was being heard on the national level through the Organization for the Preservation and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies. In 1980, she was elected its President, the first woman to lead a national telephone industry association. Today, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a progressive and innovative company offering a variety of telecommunication options that is a true testimony to Eleanor’s vision and business acumen. In recent years, Eleanor was able to retire and enjoy her home in East Warren while her sons continue to run the business. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Among Eleanor’s survivors is a son, Scott C. Haskin of Hinesburg. Funeral services will be held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on May 14, 2015, at 2pm. A private burial service will take place in the Waitsfield Village Cemetery. A reception will follow services at Waitsfield Telecom in Waitsfield. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, PO Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673; or to Relay For Life of Central Vermont, c/o Tammy Field, PO Box 9, Waitsfield, VT 05673.