OBITUARY

Robert Joel Gaines Jr. (Bob)

October 29, 1942November 8, 2018
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Robert Joel Gaines, Jr, (Bob), died of cancer on November 8 at Orlando Health Hospital. He was born on October 29, 1942, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Robert Joel Gaines and Edna Dillon Gaines. He graduated from SS Simon and Jude School, Allentown Central Catholic High School and received a Bachelors Degree from Vanderbilt University. Bob was an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet professionally during his high school and college years.

While at Vanderbilt, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Vanderbilt Band. Bob was a public high school teacher in Tennessee when he left education and joined the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. Following his service, he was employed with Allied Stores Corporation for 28 years. He retired from Steinbach Department Store in White Plains, NY, in 1996, and started his own business selling toys and collectables. He and his wife, Marlene O’Neill Gaines, resided in South Plainfield, NJ, for 38 years. Upon his wife’s death in 2012, he moved to Ocoee, FL

Bob is survived by his sister, Kathryn Gaines Welsh, and his brother-in-law, Daniel Patrick Welsh, who reside in Winter Garden, FL. He was a wonderful uncle to two nieces, Wendy Anne Welsh of Winter Springs, FL, and Shearon Marie Welsh of Orlando, FL, and two nephews, Nicholas Patrick Welsh of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and David Anthony Welsh of Gotha, FL. He is also survived by an uncle, Edward Gerard Dillon of Vacaville, California. Bob leaves behind his loving companion, Christine Dupont, of Sorrento, Fl.

A Memorial Celebration will be held Tuesday November 13th at 6:30 pm at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, 428 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden FL, 34787. He will be interred with his wife at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY, 10128.

  • FAMILY

  • Bob is survived by his sister, Kathryn Gaines Welsh, and his brother-in-law, Daniel Patrick Welsh, who reside in Winter Garden, FL. He was a wonderful uncle to two nieces, Wendy Anne Welsh of Winter Springs, FL, and Shearon Marie Welsh of Orlando, FL, and two nephews, Nicholas Patrick Welsh of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and David Anthony Welsh of Gotha, FL. He is also survived by an uncle, Edward Gerard Dillon of Vacaville, California. Bob leaves behind his loving companion, Christine Dupont, of Sorrento, Fl.

Services

  • Memorial Celebration Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Catered Reception Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Robert Joel Gaines Jr. (Bob)

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Carolyn & Mike McEvers

November 14, 2018

We met Bob at Carlos ‘ Diner in Ocoee, FL. We went to breakfast there & Bob would be there eating breakfast too. Most of the time Bob would have put ham with his meal. Once in a while I would also order ham like Bob’s. We started sitting with him. He would tell some of the neatest stories about his younger days. The stories were always very interesting and filled with humor. We worked at a lot of very interesting places. He knew a lot of historical facts and loved to share them. He would always remember what he told you so he didn’t repeat himself. It was a joy to know Bob. God bless you! Bob truly loved his sister & her family. So sorry for your loss!

Louise Brown

November 12, 2018

Although I only met your brother a few times, each time was a memorable one. Bob had the ability to make you feel comfortable and ready to laugh. What a good sense of humor he will be remembered for. We enjoyed learning about his early life from your stories about him and your Mother, Edna, shared memories too. We even loved seeing where Bob went to summer camp. Bob was amazed when I mentioned to him that you had taken us there to see the place.
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. Dan and You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs and love. Louise and Richard

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