Donald (Donnie) Haslam, 90, passed away July 27, 2022, at an Ellsworth hospital. He was born April 14, 1932, in Waltham, the son of Harold and Mildred (Bartlett) Haslam.
Donnie graduated Lee Academy. He met and married the love of his life, Marilyn M. Murch, in 1956, and in 1961 opened High Street Sunoco in Ellsworth. For the next 25 years, Donnie hired most of his nieces, nephews, son, daughter and many others, teaching us how to be a good employee, the meaning of hard work and to serve the customer. His wreckers were seen all over Hancock and Washington counties 24-7; seeing a truck with “Here Comes Donnie” on the hood was a welcome site for distressed motorists, law enforcement and truckers. A second career as a truck driver for Eastern Maine Recycling saw him log over 1.7 million accident-free miles within Maine over 31 years. Donnie never stopped working for his family and others; he would say, it’s important knowing every day, someone is expecting me to show up.
He was a 63-year member of Lygonia Lodge No.40 of Ellsworth and a Noble of the Anah Shrine. He loved driving his Miata Convertible, Caribbean cruises with Marilyn, sunsets in Trenton and playing golf with Gary, and Donnie’s close friend Bill Bromley. He was immensely proud of his daughter’s service in law enforcement, and his son’s career in health care, and later his work at JAX, where he and his son would occasionally catch up on the day’s work, while he was busy loading the roll-off.
Donnie is survived by his daughter Sharon E. Worcester of Ellsworth; son Gary W. Haslam and wife, Wendy R., of Verona Island; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Williams and husband Charles (CJ) of Fairfield, Ross H. Worcester and wife, Beth M., of Trenton; brother Dwight Haslam and wife, Estelle, of Portland; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Marilyn; and companion Bobbie Sutherland of Sorrento; brothers, Wayne and Thurston and twin sister Donna Barrows.
Visiting hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, with a Masonic memorial service at 6:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday Aug. 6, 2022. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Waltham.
Contributions in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Processing Center, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.