Larry West Gaines, age 64, 455 W. Front St., passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Erie, Pa., on October 16, 1948, son of the late Milton West and Cozett Pierce West. A lifelong resident of Erie, he was a graduate of Tech Memorial High School. He was currently employed at Plymouth Bar and had previously worked as a Draftsman at GE and for Mellon Bank. He was an auxiliary member of Barney Smith Post 700 of the American Legion and a member of the IBPOE of W. He was a volunteer at the City Mission and the Booker T. Washington Center. Larry enjoyed playing basketball, dancing, and disc jockeying and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert "Bo Bo" L. Gaines, Sr., David E. Gaines, Sr. and James Earl West Jackson. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Terrina Gaines-Porter of Ripley, Tenn. and Tosha Gaines of Erie; two sisters, Loretta West Wright of Richmond, Va. and Marlene West Cochran (Dwight) of Erie; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Abundant Life Ministries Int'l., 806 Parade St. A service will follow at 1 p.m. conducted by Elder Robert L. Gaines, Jr. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Funeralization by House of Law Inc., 9406 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills, Pa.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 22, 2013