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Graveside Service

Sunday July 17th, 2022

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Celebration of Life

Dock of the Bay
Saturday July 16th, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Neal "Hal" H. McCaskill, Jr.

Neal H. “Hal” McCaskill, Jr., passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, of heart complications. Raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was the son of the late Marguerite and Neal H. McCaskill, Sr. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1967, attended Ferrum College, and entered the U.S. Air Force, where he learned his carpentry skills. He graduated from Old Dominion University in 1978 and applied his engineering degree working for Hampton Roads Engineering as a naval architect. Soon he was recruited to work as a civilian for the U.S. Navy Superintendent of Shipbuilding. Most of his career was overseeing construction of submarines and aircraft carriers at Newport News Shipbuilding. He loved his work and took great pride in ensuring sound ships to carry our sailors around the world and protect them in times of war. He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service.

While in the Air Force stationed in Great Falls, Montana, he met Mary Killen, and they married in 1974. They moved to Portsmouth and then to Hampton, Virginia, where they raised their two children. Throughout his life, Hal loved being outdoors near water: playing near the Elizabeth River during his childhood, surfing at Nags Head, boating on the Hampton River, fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, going on sea trials in the Atlantic, cruising the Caribbean, RVing on the Indian River in Florida, or fishing the reservoirs, river, and lake in Montana. Hal spent many leisure hours “piddling” in his garage, working on crafts or fishing poles, listening to the radio, and just thinking.

Hal is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary McCaskill; son, Andrew McCaskill (Jessica); daughter, Laura Perry (Owen); grandchildren, Grayson McCaskill and Lilliana, Madeline, Skyler, and Hailie Perry; sister, Carol Crouch, brothers-in-law Patrick Killen, John Killen (Linda), Gerald Killen (Cheryl); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law K. James Crouch and James Killen.

In keeping with Hal’s casual way of life, a celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Dock of the Bay Restaurant, 13162 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA. A memorial program will occur at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at Olive branch Cemetery, 2 CPL J.M. Williams Ave, Portsmouth, VA. R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, North Suffolk Chapel, is serving the family. Those who cannot attend the celebration of life are encouraged to share their memories of Hal at RWBakerFH.com. Memorials can be made in Hal’s honor to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.

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RIP Hal.

Frank Titus Aug 3 2022 12:06 PM

Mary--So sorry to hear of Hal's passing--will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love, your friend ---Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan Jul 16 2022 2:36 PM

All our love to Mary, Andy, and Laura and families. Hal was truly a special person and always made any get together a happy time! He and I shared the same birth date, which we celebrated in spirit each year. I remember one day when were all a bit younger that he and Mary invited us to spend the day on their boat. The weather was perfect, the fish were cooperative, and the company could not have been better! Hal provided just the right advice for anything we were doing, and took us on a great tour of Hampton Roads. It was the best day anyone could hope for! We'll miss him dearly, but we are so thankful to have known such a kind, generous soul. To Hal! Nancy and Tom Brinkley

Tom Brinkley Jul 16 2022 9:48 AM

Hal was a kind and gentle man! He always had a smile and brought joy to everyone.. he was a great employee at SUPSHIPNN. Over the years we became good friends, he shared his Fishing Rod skills by building several custom rods for my sons growing up!
Hal will surly be missed!
Bob Ballinger

Bob Ballinger Jul 14 2022 7:05 AM

Mary and family: We are so so sorry for your loss. We did enjoy a couple great visits when you and Hal were in MT. Big hugs and prayers if peace and comfort for you and your family.

Joe and Cathi Peila Jul 13 2022 10:15 AM

Mary and family: We are so so sorry for your loss. We did enjoy a couple great visits when you and Hal were in MT. Big hugs and prayers if peace and comfort for you and your family.

Joe and Cathi Peila Jul 13 2022 10:15 AM

Mary and family sorry for your loss. Thanks for all the great memories at Camelot RV park in Florida. We love all the gifts Hal made us, hanging bird, wine cork hot plate.

Judy and Diane Jul 12 2022 9:27 PM

Fair winds and following seas to you, my friend…we made a quite a few memories from working Bay Days to annual (and more) fishing trips on the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay…so much fun with a guy who was just so genuine, kind, and caring.
My heart reaches out to Mary, Andy, Laura and the whole family….Hal was one in a million and every day spent with him a celebration of what's good in this world.

Pat Johnson, Jane Durkee & Britt Jul 12 2022 7:30 PM

Will remember Hal and his “flapping pelicans” which he gave to many friends at Camelot. Sending prayers to Mary and your family.

Pat Lupica and Zeke Spencer Jul 12 2022 9:34 AM

We are so sad and are keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. We spent several years at the same resort in Florida and I won a rock necklace that Hal had made. Fun memories!

Darrel and Mary Stuteville Jul 12 2022 7:19 AM

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