Barclay Haskins Trippe Jr., a retired Easton businessman and preservationist, died June 2 of cancer at the Talbot County farm where he had lived his entire life.
He was 87.
Mr. Haskins, the son of a businessman and a homemaker, was born and raised on the family farm near Easton.
He was a 1941 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and enlisted in the Navy the next year. He served aboard destroyer escorts in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant.
Even though he graduated in 1949 from Williams College, he was listed as a member of the Class of 1945, which would have been his class had the war not happened, family members said.
After college, he went to work for Maryland Credit Finance Co., which was owned by his father. After the company was sold, he and a partner purchased the Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, of which he was president and principal owner.
By the time he sold the business to his employees and retired in 1985, it was one of the largest insurance agencies on the Eastern Shore.
A community activist, he was a trustee and former president of the Talbot County Free Library and a past president of the United Fund.
He had been a 15-year member of the board of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and was a past president of The Country School in Easton. He had been chairman of the Red Cross and was a longtime trustee of the Maryland Agricultural Society of Easton.
Interested in historic preservation, Mr. Trippe was a member of Historic Easton and played a pivotal role in the purchase and restoration of the Trippe House in Easton, where his grandfather had lived.
In recent years, he led the effort to restore and maintain the Miss Mary Jenkins House on Washington Street, one of the oldest frame houses extant in Easton, which is owned by the Historical Society of Talbot County.
Mr. Trippe was an avid competitive sailor and had been an active member and a past commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club and Tred Avon Yacht Club.
An accomplished woodworker, Mr. Trippe also built and sold small boats to friends. He also liked making reproductions of antique furniture.
He was a communicant and former vestryman of Christ Episcopal Church in Easton, where a memorial service was held June 9.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Eleanor LaMotte; two daughters, Catherine Trippe McCarty of Richmond, Va., and Nancy LaMotte Trippe of Easton; and three grandchildren.