March 24, 2018
Obituaries Latest News | Poll Questions | March for Our Lives | Marissa Kennedy | Maine Axes


WINN – Herbert C. Haynes, 76, died Sept. 11, 2007, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Bangor, the only child of Herbert G. and Elizabeth (Flanders) Haynes. He grew up on a farm in Winn, and graduated from Winn High School. He started working on the farm at an early age, but became more interested in the logging and trucking business his father had taken up as a part-time occupation during World War II. He started driving a truck at age 15, and never looked back on farming. He married Virginia McCafferty of Mattawamkeag in 1949. In 1963, he formed Herbert C. Haynes, Inc., and had since built it into one of the largest forest products companies in the Northeast, where he continued to work up until his death. Herb believed in doing business the old-fashioned way with his good word and a handshake. He had been recognized for his many contributions to the logging industry. He received the Outstanding Service to the Forest Industries Award in 2004 from the Northeastern Loggers’ Association, and in 2006, the Maine Forest Products Council presented him with a Lifetime Contribution to the Logging Community Award. He was awarded the Landowner of the Year Award from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Game for allowing outdoor recreational use of his lands for the public for both 2003 and 2005. Through the years, he had used his experience and knowledge in helping his community and his industry. He had served Lee Academy since 1979, as a trustee, director, chairman of the board of directors, and president of the board of trustees and set up a private scholarship for a senior going into business training. He had served two terms on the Maine Forest Products Council and served as an advisor for many years. He was on the steering committee for the group Common Sense for Maine Forests, was instrumental in the formation of ASSSET, a group to help re-license the Bowater Dams, and had donated land in his hometown for a boat launch, cemetery, and school. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Katahdin Area Boy Scouts. Herb helped many people get started in business and many others through tough times. He was relied upon for advice not only from his own family, friends, and employees, but from people from many other companies and organizations. He was a great confidante, a loyal friend, and a humble person. His word, strength of character, and leadership gained him the respect of all who knew him. A business associate described him as “a wonderful man…with instincts and guts and an extraordinarily good judge of people.” Herb enjoyed spending time at his home in Florida each year. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed hunting around his camp at Carlton Brook. His work and his family were the most important things in his life. Herb was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be sadly missed by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia; as well as three daughters and sons-in-law and one son and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Downs and her husband, Robert, of Pittsfield, Ginger Maxwell and her husband, Kevin, of Lee, Herbert C. Haynes Jr. and his wife, Annette, of Winn, and Barbara French and her husband, Malcolm, of Enfield; seven grandchildren, Morgan and Abigail Maxwell, Alexander and Jonathan Downs, Cody and Brady Haynes, and Thomas French; a very special cousin, Vinal Haynes; and two life long friends, Ken Gordon and Bud O’Hearn. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Carolyn Metzler officiating. A committal service at South Winn Cemetery will be private. Friends and family are invited after the funeral to the Lee-Winn Elementary School, East Winn. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in his memory to the Herbert and Virginia Haynes Scholarship at Lee Academy. For an online register book, please visit

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like