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Ronald D. Gaines
December 28, 1940 - November 14, 2020

Ronald D. “Mayor” Gaines, 79, passed away at his home on Mechanic Street in Copenhagen in the early morning of Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Ron was born on December 28, 1940, in Adams, New York, to Kenneth and Ida (Patterson) Gaines.  He attended Augustinian Academy in Carthage. From 1958 until 1964, he served in the United States Navy before receiving a medical discharge.  Next, he began a career as a civilian employee at Fort Drum, working as the supervisor of supply maintenance and the director of logistics for thirty-one years.  After retiring from Fort Drum, Ron sold cars for FX Caprara.  Known as “Honest Ron,” he loved that job.

On June 4, 1966, Ron married Barbara Booth at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Copenhagen.  Besides his wife of fifty-four years, he is survived by his son, Ronald Gaines, Jr., of Copenhagen; two daughters, Lisa (Kerry) Freeman, of Rutland, and Natalie (Eric) Scott, of Copenhagen; his grandsons: Brandon Scott, of Copenhagen, Nathan Freeman, of Rutland, and Gavin and Collin Gaines, of Watertown; his granddaughter, Madison Freeman, also of Rutland, his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Phyllis Gaines, of Copenhagen; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Boni, of Carthage; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members including a special nephew and his best friend, Mark Gaines, of Copenhagen, who always offered him support when he needed it.

He was predeceased by his parents and several siblings:  his brothers:  Martin, Claude, Ralph, and Earl Gaines, and Cecil, Fred, and Clifford Burke; his sisters:  Anna Harper, Mary Towne, Doris Nevills, Blanche Hammill, Dorothy Bloss, Ilene Giovo, Merline Porter, Agnes Castleman, Loraine Ploof, Leona Duffy, and Elizabeth Oatman; a nephew Brian Gaines; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Boni.

Ron liked participating in his community.  A lifetime member of the Carthage Elks Lodge # 1762, he, also, served as the treasurer of the Copenhagen Fire Department for seventeen years and as the Mayor of Copenhagen for ten years.  Consequently, many still knew him as “the Mayor.”  In addition, as an original member of the Copenhagen Civic Club, he worked to establish the medical center in the village, and as a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the American Legion and the Eagles Club, he, always, had a pocket full of raffle tickets to support the local organizations.

A huge sports nut, Ron favored the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Syracuse Basketball, and all the Copenhagen Central School sports teams.  Moreover, he attended the Big East Tournament for twenty years consecutively.

The family would like to acknowledge how lucky they have been to live in a community as special as the village of Copenhagen.  EMT Mark Souva, the fire department, local businesses, friends, and neighbors all took such good care of Ron.  We cannot thank everyone enough for all they did for him through the years, especially the last few.  Feeling extremely blessed, we, deeply, appreciate their help.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Copenhagen.  Visitation is scheduled privately for the family at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage. Memorial donations may be made to the Copenhagen Fire Department, PO Box 364, Copenhagen, New York 13626.

Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage, New York, 2020.

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