Charles Robert Gaines
January 19, 1943 - March 25, 2023
Charles Robert Gaines, age 80, of Bear, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Born in Jefferson City, MO on January 19, 1943, he was the son of the late Jesse and Marie Elizabeth (Newcomb) Gaines. Charles proudly served for 6 years in the Delaware National Guard. He attended the University of Delaware Accounting/Engineering program and went on to have a successful career with the Delaware Department of Transportation.
Charles spent 34 years working for the State of Delaware as an project engineer and had a large role in the construction projects of I-95 and the creation of Route 1. Following his retirement from the state, he began working for New Castle County Soil Conservation District as a project manager engineer for 16 years. Charles’ greatest passion was environmental projects, including the walking and biking trails that he helped construct throughout Northern Delaware. In his spare time, Charles could often be found cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. He was also a member of Holy Family R.C. Church and later attended St. Joseph / St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Marie Gaines. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Ann (Pryor) Gaines; children, Charles Jay Gaines, Jr, Christopher Robert Gaines and his wife Kimberly; grandchildren, Katelyn, Jonathan, and Michael; and sister, Elaine Walther.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Monday, April 3, 2023, at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 301 Lock Street, Chesapeake City, MD, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles’ memory to the National Kidney Foundation, Attn: Gift Processing at National Kidney Foundation HQ, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or online by clicking here.