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Captain Charles Niece Gaines, 65, of Melbourne, went to heaven on April 13, 2013, after a long struggle with cancer. His wife and best friend, Maureen was by his side.
He is also survived by his two sons, David and Charles; three stepsons, James, Shawn and Richard Dickens; and eleven grandchildren.
He retired from the US Army and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam.
Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at 10:00 AM, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Palm Bay. Interment will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013, at South Florida National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to William B. Childs Hospice House.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 28, 2013