Floyd Leigh Maines Jr.
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 His financial windfall was short lived, however; after dropping a fly ball in the championship game his raise was rescinded and he was promptly demoted back to assistant janitor.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.