Charles (Chuck) Alfred Haines, 50, of Marlboro, MA, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was born in Cambridge, MA to Edward and Elizabeth C. Haines. Chuck grew up in Lexington, MA where he graduated from Lexington High School in 1981. During high school he was active in the choir and excelled in math and science. Chuck graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. He continued with choir at UMass enjoying performance trips to Russia, Spain, Hawaii and Japan. He took his computer talents to his first job in Berkley, CA at Quest. He enjoyed his time in California but missed the seasons of New England and soon returned to live back in Massachusetts. He worked for TIAC and started his own business designing web sites and computer programming. Chuck spent his spare time with his friends and often traveled to Marco Island, Florida. Chucks ability to help others through his kindness and generosity will always be remembered. His friends affectionately referred to him as the gentle giant. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him including his kitty companion Mower. Chuck lived with mental illness for most of his adult life and requested that his brain be donated to the Harvard Brain Bank for use in research on mental illness upon his passing. Chuck was also grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, social workers and the club house staff that supported him over the years while he lived in Marlboro. Beloved son of Edward Haines of Waltham and Elizabeth Haines-Papagiannis of Lexington. Dear brother of Cindy Ginnett of Chelmsford and Frederick Haines of Arlington Virginia. Loving brother-in-law to Rebecca Haines and Al Ginnett. Devoted uncle to Tyler, Austin and Justin Ginnett. Step son of the Late Professor Michael Papagiannis of Boston University and greatly missed by his extended family the Mccauleys, uncle Martyn Strong, aunt Susan and uncle Lee Oldershaw, his cousins Cheryl Oldershaw Chant and Travis Oldershaw and their families, and roommate Jay LeBoy. Join his family for a group reflection of his generous spirit and life on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Quaker Meeting House of the Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138, www. fmcquaker.org. Private family burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chucks name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at www.namimass.org or Employment Options, Inc., 82 Brigham Street, Marlboro, MA 01752, www.employment options.org. To leave a condolence visit devitofuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, 2014