John Sigvard Beckman, 90, died at his home surrounded by his family Feb. 4, 2010.

Born in Vinalhaven on Aug. 6, 1919, he was the son of Sigvard Otto and Julia (Rossiter) Beckman and was educated in Vinalhaven schools. He worked as a paving cutter. When World War II started, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the European Theatre. Following his discharge, he returned to Vinalhaven and worked digging clams and lobstering as well as other types of commercial fishing. One of the first Vinalhaven lobstermen to purchase a hydraulic pot hauler, Mr. Beckman previously hauled lobster traps by hand for many years. He worked for the well-known boat builder Gus Skoog for several years, where he learned to build lobsterboats. Mr. Beckman built several lobsterboats for himself and others. He was a member of the American Legion Post, the VFW 4169, and the Moses Webster Lodge of Masons.

Mr. Beckman was an avid hunter and loved his dogs, all of whom were conveniently named Sam.

Mr. Beckman married Lillian B. Corrao and they enjoyed 38 years together until she died July 3, 2008. He was predeceased by his son, Sigvard W. Beckman; and his siblings, Francis Beckman, Edith Quinn and Martha Gunderson.

He is survived by his two sons, John G. Beckman and his wife, Jeannie, and Eric D. Beckman and his wife, Maggie; three daughters, Glenis L. Lane, Brenda F. Peterson and Blanche Beckman, all of Vinalhaven; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Vinalhaven Medical Center, P.O. Box 812, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Camden.