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James "Les" Gaines, 67, of Pletcher Road and Lehigh Acres, Fla., a retired general foreman with the Iron Workers Union, died Friday (July 25, 1997) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston.

Born in Madrid, N.Y., he had lived on Pletcher Road since 1965 and for the past 11 years had spent his winters in Florida.

He served stateside in the Army during the Korean War.

Gaines worked as a general foreman for the Iron Workers Union Local 9, Niagara Falls, for 20 years, retiring in 1975.

He was an avid hunter and a life member and past president of the 3F Conservation Club.

He also was a member of American Legion Post 323 in Lehigh Acres and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Niagara Falls.

He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, camping, traveling, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty J. LaRocque; two sons, Mark of Niagara Falls and James of Richland, Wash.; two daughters, Mary Pometto of Vienna, Va., and Jean Penzotti; a brother, John of St. Regis Falls, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Second and Hinman streets. A private burial will be in Dickersonville Cemetery, Lewiston.


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