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Howard Elliott Haynes

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Howard Elliott Haynes, 102, of Church Street, died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Danforth Adult Care Center, where he has been a resident for the past five months.

Born April 4, 1902 in Hoosick Falls, he was the son of the late William P. and Jennie Van Hyning Haynes. He was the loving husband of the late Marion Landry Haynes, whom he married on Aug. 10, 1929 (she died on Oct. 28, 1973) and the late Mary McGuire McInerney Haynes, whom he married on May 10, 1975 (she died on Dec. 8, 1996).

Howard graduated from the Main Street High School in 1921, where he was captain of his football and basketball team. He also attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Howard was a member of Company “M” of the New York Guard in Hoosick Falls from 1918 to 1926. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1943, serving at Ft. Meade, Md., and was honorably discharged on May 18, 1946 with the rank of captain.

In 1939, Mr. Haynes joined with his late brother William D. Haynes to form Haynes Brothers Ford on Church Street in Hoosick Falls. The building they erected in the summer of ‘39 still houses an automobile repair shop. In 1950, Howard became president of Haynes Brothers Inc. He was a summer resident of Hedges Lake in the town of Jackson since 1939.

Howard served his community in many activities. He was a member, elder and treasurer of the First United Church, Presbyterian of Hoosick Falls, a member and past president of the Hoosick Falls Kiwanis Club since 1938, a regional chairman of the Board of National Commercial (now Key Bank) Bank for several years, a member of the board of directors of the Hoosick Falls Health Center since 1954, a member of the Hoosick Falls American Legion No. 40 and a member of the Van Rensselaer Lodge No. 400, F & AM in Hoosick Falls since 1921. In 1982, Mr. Haynes received a certificate of merit from then-Rensselaer County Executive William J. Murphy for outstanding service and dedication to the Hoosick Falls community. Survivors include a sister, Julia H. Wilson of Troy; his stepdaughter Christine M. Osmond, her husband John and their two sons John D. and Tyler H. Osmond, all of Waterbury Center, Vt.; a nephew, William Haynes, and his wife Ruth of Sussex, N.J.; along with many close friends. He was predeceased by his brothers William D. and John Haynes.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the First United Church, Presbyterian of Hoosick Falls on Main Street, where the Rev. David K. McMillan will officiate. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls, on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. For guest book and directions, please visit www.robson-reinfurt.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Howard Haynes Scholarship Fund or the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad.

Howard’s family would like to give special thanks to all who cared for Howard during his later years, especially Helen Hall, who cared for Howard for the past eight years.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2004
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