E. James's Story
Jim Gaines passed peacefully Tuesday night in the presence of people who loved him, after a lingering battle with cancer, eventually causing kidney failure.
The son of late Amy and Ernest Gaines of Derry, N.H., he is survived be his sister, Fran Salomone and her husband, Gerald. He was the husband to the late Marjorie (Shea) Gaines of Newburyport and is survived by his two sons, Jimmy and Michael, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girl friend and companion in life for the last decade, Doris Glover, as well as multiple friends he considered family.
Jim was a proud Navy veteran and used the resources provided by his service to help achieve a business degree from Merrimack College followed by a Masters of Business from Suffolk University. He started his colorful work life at Raytheon in Andover, but soon decided to serve the community which is a recurring theme throughout his life. Working for his adopted hometown of Newburyport, he became manager of the water department. Following former Newburyport Mayor Byron Matthews, he became Manager of Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jim moved on to a new challenge by becoming vice president of the second largest garbage disposal company, S.C.A. He served as head of the Newburyport planning Board over 30 years, which made the transition to planning director for Newburyport under Mayor Edward Molin smooth. Always looking for challenges, he started his own business including Davenport Development Company turning a former school into new homes for several families. Returning to his passion to serve others, he joined forces with Edward Molin once again to start Housing Support Inc. Their goal was providing support for a large diverse group, including recovering alcohol and drug abuse, battered woman with children and his latest project to help returning veterans.
His many occupations don’t come close to representing who he was. His employment was merely a vessel for him to touch a multitude of lives in a way only he could. He lived a full, inspiring life; his generosity was limitless and kindness paramount. He was the life of every party he attended and was a cornerstone to every community he was part of. He was a Father, Brother and Friend with everyone he interacted. Jim Gaines truly left a mark on this world that will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who ever new him.
Visiting hours at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport will be Monday, Octoober 3, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Storey Avenue, Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lupus Foundation or to the National Kidney Foundation.
Published on  September 30, 2016