Swan Funeral Home


George W. Haines

July 12, 1941November 2, 2020

George W. Haines, 79, of Madison and Crescent Beach, Niantic, died on November 2, 2020 of pancreatic cancer. George was born in Baltimore, MD 7/12/41; a son of the late Dr. Henry L Haines and Florence E Haines. He grew up in Stonington CT and graduated from Pine Point School there. He was a member of of The Gunnery class of 1960. After attending Hobart College, he graduated from Mitchell College and the University of Pittsburg. In 1967 he received an MBA with honors from the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

George’s early career was in the financial services industry. In the 1980s, a novel idea sparked a total career change. He teamed up with 2 partners to research the feasibility of replacing stone and pipe in onsite septic systems with a plastic chamber system. The idea became a reality in 1987. George became cofounder of Infiltrator Systems Inc of Old Saybrook to manufacture and sell product nationwide, revolutionizing the industry.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Emily (Lee) Braman Haines and two children, Greg of Portland Oregon and Melissa of Madison, CT. He is also survived by a brother Henry of Dennis, Mass. and a sister Virginia of Lake Oswego, Oregon, a brother-in-law John Braman of Santa Fe, NM and a sister-in-law Judith Ehret of Chester CT.

After retirement, George and Lee spent many winters in Sanibel, FL where George, an avid bicycle rider, had an almost daily routine of riding from one end of the island to the other. Another of his lifelong passions was photography, which he later combined with a newer interest in birding. An avid reader of nonfiction, he was never without a book. He was a supporter and member of Big Arts and Sanibel Captiva Audubon Society.

Happiest by the ocean, George made yearly windsurfing trips to Cape Hatteras with friends. Summers were spent at his cottage on Niantic Bay, where he loved small boat sailing as well as windsurfing.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to The Madison Land Conservation Trust, Connecticut Hospice, or to a charity of ones choice. Services will be private.


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Janet/Jerry Connolly

November 11, 2020

Lee and family,
We are deeply saddened by this news. George was so much more than a longtime (great) customer at the shop, he was an inspiration and a dear friend.
Both of us have fond memories of his visits, his generosity, enthusiasm, his wit and most of all his deep care for the environment.
And, then, there are the trips he took with us. So much fun. He was an enthusiastic participant.
Then, the time we came to Sanibel and did the slide show....such memories.
Honestly so saddened that we won't see him again at our door.
Sending you all love,
Janet & Jerry

Katrina Henry

November 8, 2020

To the Haines' Family, our condolences for your loss.

Doc Haines family resided up the road from us '60s-70s. Doc Haines was a kind caring man who took a liking to my Dad a Stonington lobsterman. Early 70's Doc Haines son wanted to lobster w/ Dad and take photo's....Those black and white pictures still adorn our walls w/ pride and a wonderful story accompanied.

Tiffany Reilly

November 3, 2020

Rest easy George. We will always remember the penguin experience at Mystic. It was such a special day and I know how much you enjoyed it. Thank you for all the love you showed to me and Thomas. We love you.


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