Waldo Shampine Lyman passed away on June 10 after a brief illness. He died in his Parishville home - the cabin his father, Rex Lyman built when Waldo was a young child. He was born in Parishville in 1923 to Rex and Allie Lyman. Allie’s maiden name was Shampine, the name she took from her adoptive family. She was born Allie Herns. Waldo’s father died when Waldo was young, and his mother Allie later married George Campbell and Waldo embraced the Campbell family as his own.
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Waldo left school and joined the Navy in 1940, about a year prior to the onset of WWII hostilities, and continued his service in the Pacific fleet until after the war ended. He returned to land and civilian life for a short period of time before he was called back to the sea as a merchant marine. He based himself in Houston, TX and enjoyed a career sailing the oceans for more than thirty years. It was during one of his trips that he met two passengers, a German woman named Anna, and her daughter Lydia. A few years later Waldo and Anna were married.
Though having been based in Houston, Waldo, along with his siblings was able to hold on to the cabin of his childhood. He and Anna spent many Summers here, and when Anna passed in 2001,Waldo sold his Houston home and came back to live year round.
In the time Waldo spent here in Parishville, he became known for his vivid accounts and entertaining stories about his experiences at war, at sea, and in just about every shipping port in the world. There were the serious and somber stories, but there were even more of the ones that were tinged with his unique wit, humor and charm – all of which often came through whether he was telling stories or just passing time and talking about the weather. He was beloved by lifelong friends with whom he became re-acquainted, his neighbors, new friends he made in the community, and his family.
Waldo has given generous financial support to some local organizations including the Potsdam Humane Society. He made a generous donation to establish a trust fund to help Parishville-Hopkinton students in need. He didn’t want anyone to have to leave school early as he had done. In 2014, at the age of 91, he was presented with his High School diploma from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School.
He is survived by Anna’s daughter, Lydia Runkel, and her two children; his nieces and nephews on the Campbell side of the family, Kathy Davis, Keitha Campbell, Karan Grant, George Campbell, and Michael Campbell; and on the Lyman side, Allie M. Fries, Max O. Lyman, Loretta C. Kovarik, Gerardette A. Tiger, and Carla F. Galasso of New York.
He was predeceased by his brother Max and his sister, Florabell.
At his request, no calling hours were held and a private graveside service with military honors was held in Fairview Cemetery, Parishville.