PLYMOUTH — Services for Captain William C. Calkins, 85, who died on July 6, will be held in accordance with their request, Bill and Genie will be interred together in a private family ceremony at the Plymouth Notch Cemetery.
Bill Calkins was born in Flushing, New York. He grew up in Flushing and in Marion, Massachusetts, where he attended Tabor Academy. After graduation, Bill joined the Navy as an ordinary seaman, and saw brief service at the end of World War II. After his service, he attended and graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was commissioned, and worked his way up to Captain of Any Tonnage vessels while serving on various oil tankers plying the world’s oceans.
In 1960 he became a Port Pilot in Ras Tanura, moving his young family to Saudi Arabia. In 1968 he transferred to the Panama Canal where he began as a Transit Pilot and eventually went ashore to serve in several capacities. After serving as an Assistant Port Captain and the Chief of Local Inspectors, he became the Chief of the Panama Canal Navigation Division. He retired in 1986 and settled permanently in Plymouth.
Bill died at home, in the presence of his only child, Jeanne W. (Willow) Bascom, also of Plymouth.
He was predeceased by his wife, A. Eugenie (Genie) Calkins (nee Tripp) of Wareham, Massachusetts, who died at home on August 29, 2012, at the age of 84. Genie was a Registered Nurse (RN) with an adventurous spirit who accompanied her husband to Saudi Arabia and Panama while continuing to work as a nurse. Genie took advantage of her years overseas to explore the world; with her young daughter, she toured widely through Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe, the Far East, and Central and South America. They visited many famous destination spots, and discovered gems off of the normal tourist’s itinerary.
In addition to their daughter, Bill and Genie are survived by their son-in-law, the Rev. Terry Bascom, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family.
This obituary first appeared in the July 10, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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