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Floyd Leigh Maines Jr.
of Binghamton
Floyd Leigh Maines Jr. passed away peacefully on July 12, 2007 after a very brief illness. He was 86 years old. He remained very active and continued to work in his office on a daily basis. He played golf with his grandson last Sunday, and swam in Oquaga Lake on Monday.
Floyd was predeceased by his first son, Floyd Leigh Maines III (Skip); and his loving wife of sixty years, Ruth Ann Maines. He is survived by his son, David and daughter-in-law, Tami Maines; his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Tracy Maines; granddaughter, Shelby Ann Maines; and grandson, William Leigh Maines.
Floyd was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on January 15, 1921. He graduated from Binghamton Central High School. He ran track and played on the school football team. His summers were spent at Oquaga Lake, where his fraternity, Lambda Sigma, rented a cottage for the summer. This was located in close proximity to a sorority summer rental. His part-time job was assistant janitor at the Binghamton Washing Machine Company, where he earned thirty cents an hour. He played baseball on the company team, where he was the leading hitter, which earned him a quick promotion to head janitor and a raise to forty cents an hour. His financial windfall was short lived, however; after dropping a fly ball in the championship game his raise was rescinded and he was promptly demoted back to assistant janitor. He attended Miami University of Ohio, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1942. He played defensive end on the football team and boxed in the Golden Gloves boxing league. His college job was a weekly liquor "bootleg" run over the state line, where he would fill other students' orders for liquor, which was not available around the University. He was a member of Delta Epsilon. During summers home from college, Floyd worked at the De Forest Street bath house, where he was a lifeguard for the City of Binghamton.
After graduation, Floyd joined the Navy and started training in Washington, D.C. for the elite Underwater Demolition Team. During his rigorous training, his wife, Ruth became frustrated by his leaving early and coming home late, and immediately falling asleep. One evening, she thought it would be funny to paint his toenails pink and replaced his socks and shoes. The next day, while he was being dressed in his long underwear and leaded boots by old salt petty officers, they discovered the pink toenail polish, and Floyd's new nickname became "Pinky". Floyd rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was deployed in Europe to the Naval Technical Intelligence Department, where he played a key role in constantly developing anti-mining technologies to respond to Germany's ever changing mine deployment strategies. He became good friends with Charles Lindbergh and General Eisenhower's Chief of Staff, General Gunther. On several occasions, planes were dispatched to pick up Floyd in remote locations so he could join General Eisenhower as a fourth for a game of bridge. Floyd's influence in changes needed to the structure of the Underwater Demolition Team helped create the Navy Seals.
Floyd planned on joining the FBI after the war, but was asked by his father to join the family business, Maines Candy Company. Through Floyd's leadership, Maines Candy Company was transformed into a multi-billion dollar food service distribution company. Maines Paper and Food Service is now the seventh largest food distribution company in America.
The family is holding a private service in honor of Floyd, presided by Reverend Daniel Ling.
Floyd was a member of the Free Masons, Kalurah Shrine, Binghamton Country Club, and the Tequesta Country Club in Tequesta, Florida. He was a member of Centenary Methodist Church.
Floyd was a kind and generous man who never denied anyone seeking assistance. He was a wonderful father and mentor. He made an impression on everyone he met. He had high standards of honesty and integrity, and he created high standards for others, at home and at work. He always remained a very humble man. He will be sadly missed by thousands of people.
If you wish, contributions can be made to the Floyd L. Maines Scholarship Fund at Binghamton University Foundation, P.O. Box 6005, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902.
Our family greatly appreciates your thoughts and prayers.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2007.
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July 25, 2007
Dear David, Bill and families,

Your dad was a true gentleman; and will be sadly missed by all in the industry. Our sympathy to you and your families during this difficult time.
Sincerely and respectfully,
The Sacco families of Acme Cash Register Company.
Debbie Sacco
July 23, 2007
David,Bill and Families My condolences and prayers go out to you.Ed Jr. contacted me last week to let me know.Those who not only worked for him but considered him a friend will always have fond memories.
Edward Campbell Sr.
July 21, 2007
Dear David and family,

My prayers and those of our family, and our condolences go out to you tonight, as I just read of your great loss.

It has been a long time, but I remember your Mom and Dad so very well and the memories of you are so vivid. You were just a young boy, when my sister, Bette and I baby sat for you and Skip (I called him Skipper)- and our younger sister, Helen was your playmate especially when you visited your grandparents.

We lived on Schiller Street in Binghamton at that time. I just wanted to let you know that I have many memories I hold dear to my heart and we all care and hold you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.
Trudi (Naylor) Blakeslee
July 21, 2007
We have lost an icon in the food industry. Our prayers go out to the Maines family.
Chicago Drivers
July 19, 2007
Hello David and Bill,
I was just talking with Doug Hall this evening about the job at Bill's house and then to my mom. She told me about your dad's passing, so I said I would look it up on the computer. What a wonderful notice and biography. So sorry about your loss. Sincerely,
Rose (Contro) Whitford
July 19, 2007
David, Bill & Family,
We are truly sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless,
The DeOrdio Family
Patrick DeOrdio
July 19, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
July 19, 2007
David, Bill and Family-
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your wonderful family memories.
James and Dawna Cicak
July 18, 2007
Dear Bill,David and Family,
So sorry to learn of your Dad's death. He was a real great guy. I remember meeting your parents when we came to the "Bridge" about 50 years ago. We became good friends... especially with your mother. Your father loved you boys
and would always talk about you with me at BCC. He was a real gentleman and he will be missed by all.. With my prayers and sympathy
Gwynne Troy
July 18, 2007
Dear Maines Family,
Mr. Maines will be greatly missed. He was a gentleman and it is an honor to work for him. He leaves a great legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jennifer Eskow
July 18, 2007
Bill, David and family,
My condolences to you in the passing of your father.My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good memeries of happy times bring you comfort.
Robin Jagger Kittinger
July 17, 2007
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Philip and Kineta Lewis
July 17, 2007
July 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 17, 2007
July 16, 2007
As your true gardener Bill M (BM. Club), i am so happy to have known your father. Thank you, and I am deeply in sorrow with you, Tracy and family. The red geranium was his favorite.I liked the simpleness, and placed the flower in garden boxes at the lake.At his home, perennial geraniums, I wonder if He knew geraniums are called Pelargonium.The pointed pods.Also called "Storks-'Bill". The storks bill is known as, loving,caring,and family.Thats U Bill, God Bless.
Bill Moses
July 16, 2007
David, Billy and the entire Maines family. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Though I never met him, I am sure he was a wonderful man. He raised two great sons and you will always be remembered by Stefan and I as one of the fun parts of our wedding. God bless you all during this difficult time and our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.
Valerie and Stephen Charsky (Green- Charsky)
July 16, 2007
My sympathy to the Maines family. My parents, Joe and Betty Darling, ran Darling's Market for years in Johnson City, and always did business with Maines Candy Co. My first job w/my father, was to be the "candy buyer" for our store. I frequently got to "taste test" before buying. Thanks for the memories and God Bless you Mr. Maines.
July 16, 2007
Dear Bill, David and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your Dad was a tremendous man who set a great example for all to follow. He will surely be missed.
Larry Fraley
July 16, 2007
Our condolence's to the Maines family.

Mark & Lisa Lawrence
July 16, 2007
David, Bill and families
Our thoughts are with you while we remember your dad as a great gentleman, businessman and friend to many. It was our pleasure to have worked for the Maines family and to have known your dad personally and professionally. God Bless.
"Goodie"/ Jim and Diane Goodison
July 16, 2007
I am sorry for your loss. Yor family will be in my prayers and thoughts. He was a wonderful,giving man.
July 16, 2007
Thank You for the lasting memory you gave to me when I found and returned your wifes purse in the parking lot on Terrace Dr.Your talk with me has made an ever lasting impression on me.I am very proud to have worked breefly for and know such a great man.Rest well Mr. Maines, Thank You Mark J.Terry Sr.
July 16, 2007
Dear David and Family:
On behalf of the Hanson family from Oquaga Lake Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers go out to you at this time of the passing of Floyd. I'm sure If my Dad,(Bob Hanson) was still alive he would have lots to say about Floyd but I'll never forget all the stories he shared about Floyd,Ann and the Family. Our Prayers,condolences and Love go out to you all.God Bless you
Carrie Anne Hanson
July 16, 2007
Dear David & Bill,

Dennis and I share your pain. We remember meeting your Dad at the Chestnut Inn and enjoying the evening along with his wonderful sense of humor.

May you be comforted by the wonderful memories.
Larry & Dennis Kessler
July 16, 2007
Dear David, Bill & Family
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a great "gentleman" and touched the lives of all who met him. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.
Paul & Debbie Daly
July 16, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Linda and Barr Terry
July 16, 2007
David and Bill,
I just got back from a long weekend away and found out about your Dad passing away. I am so sorry and I will certainly miss him. He was by far the greatest man I ever had the privilage to work for.
Debbie Spirito
July 16, 2007
David, Bill~My condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of your Dad. He was a great man who who be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jody Jagger Micilcavage
July 16, 2007
such a pleasure doing business in the 50s with such a fine man. we started coming into the garage pickin out the candies at the bing home greens grocery montrose,pa jim and clara green wally and audrey halliday thanks for the memories an unusual man few familiess have attained what yours has may god bless
audrey halliday
July 16, 2007
My thoughts of sorrow for the family of Mr. Maines a man who fostered great business ideals and developed a string of strong business leaders.
Matt Bednar
July 15, 2007
It saddens us to hear of the loss of a great man. I have worked for Maines for many years and knew Floyd at a personal level. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jack and Carol Neal
July 15, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of Floyd.
Herb & Alice Spach
July 15, 2007
My sincere condolences and prayers go out to you at your time of loss. God Bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.
Cathy VanMarter-Davis
July 15, 2007
Hello, I am a Nurse in Jupiter who always enjoyed visiting with your Dad,as I grew up in Binghamton. You are so right that is was a kind and gentle man. We will miss him this fall when he would have retuned to Jupiter. Sincerely, Dr. Lawler and Dr Poncy's Nurse Mary Ford RN
Mary Ford
July 15, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Fred and Jean Albert
July 15, 2007
Dave and Tami,

We were sorry to hear about your Dad. We always enjoyed talking to him at Morey's.

He was a man who made a big difference in Broome County and beyond.

Sorry for your loss.

Sissy and Jerry Kellar
Jerry Kellar
July 15, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 15, 2007
To David and Bill and the entire Maines Family:
I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your father, Floyd. He was a wonderful man. It was always a pleasure to greet him and have a few words at the office. I am honored to have known him.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Becky Hamlin
Becky Hamlin
July 15, 2007
Bill and David, There are no words to express the depth of your loss. I know the love and respect that your father and mother had for you and I saw it returned to them many times over. It is the greatest tribute to a parent to know this love from their children. Floyd was so very, very proud of you and his daughters-in-law and especially those grandchildren. All of you were such a joy to him. The closeness you all shared should be sought by every family.God speed to Floyd. He has earned the joy he will find with God.
Love to all of you.
Carolyn Minton
July 15, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
DavyDutcher/Mary Matthews
July 15, 2007
always friendly, unassuming,and a fine gentleman who always had a smile and a good word whenever we met.
His absence at the lake will be surely noticed!
John/Del simek
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