Faith Haskell Tompkins passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016 at her winter home on Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. At her side were her son, John Tompkins; dear friend, Therese Balagna; loving caregivers Ivamae and Roy Russell; and faithful poodle, Susie. She was buried on the island next to her late husband, Jack.
Faith was born on July 31, 1916 in Sioux City, Iowa where she lived with her parents, Albert McClellan Haskell and Winifred Paine Haskell. She had two brothers, George Paine Haskell and Albert McClellan Haskell.
Faith completed two years of college before moving to New York City to work in an advertising agency. There she met Canadian born John Carlton Rainsford Tompkins who was working for his father at theÊHerald Tribune. They married in October 1939, honeymooned in Mexico and had their first child, Douglas Rainsford Tompkins in 1943 before Jack left to serve in World War II. A lifelong pilot, he flew daring glider missions for the Allied Forces.
Their second child, John Carlton Tompkins, was born in 1947. Later that year they moved to Millbrook, New York and eventually bought Butternut Farm where Faith would live for the rest of her life.Ê
Jack became an accomplished dealer of early American antiques. Faith worked as an interior decorator and antiques dealer, owning her own shop in town. The couple often collaborated on projects. They enjoyed a vibrant social life, leading many community activities, and were members of the Millbrook Golf & Tennis Club and the Millbrook Hunt. As congregation members of St. PeterÕs Lithgow Episcopal Church in Millbrook, they started an annual antiques auction to raise funds for the church.
They enjoyed travel and flew in their own small plane to visit friends, family and new places all over North and Central America.
In 1977 the couple sailed their boat, ÒMagic,Ó to the Caribbean, landing at Man-O-War Cay, where they later built a cottage to spend the winters. Faith became an active member of the community, volunteering in the elementary school. She established the Lorraine Lee Scholarship Fund to help Man-O-War students to go to college. Jack died in March 2003 and was buried in the local cemetery.
Her son, Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, died on December 8, 2015. She is survived by her brother Mac Haskell; her son John Tompkins and his son Kito Sosnowitz; by her daughter-in-law Kristine McDivitt Tompkins; by her granddaughters, Quincey Tompkins Imhoff and Summer Tompkins Walker.
Faith was loved and sustained by friends far and wide. She was eternally grateful for and often referred to her longtime caregivers Judy Mathers and Ivamae Russell as her 'best friends'.
This remarkable woman, known for her endless optimism will be sorely missed by many. A memorial service at St. PeterÕs Lithgow Church in Millbrook has been planned for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Haskell Tompkins Fund of the Marin Community Foundation, Novato, California. Funds will be distributed to a variety of her favorite charities.