Edward Eddie Haynes Jr., 86, died from congestive heart failure at his home in Dublin Terrace, a retirement community in Dresher.
Haines was born and raised in Germantown. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep and of the University of North Carolina.
He enlisted in the Army and was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
After college, Haynes followed his father into the furniture sales business. A salesman for multiple brands, he would sell stock to furniture stores in the area. It was while working as a salesman that he met his wife, Evy Haines, in 1956.
The couple were married in 1957 and moved to Chestnut Hill in 1960. They had two children, Ted and Kristin, who attended Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside, respectively. While both children were young, Haines was an active member of Big Brothers and helped found the Montgomery County chapter in 1966.
Haines developed a passion for rowing as a young man and participated in the sport at both his high school and university. He was a longtime member of the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia and was a friend of Philadelphia Olympian Jack Kelly, who once invited him to participate in a championship regatta in Monaco, a trip Haines could not make because of work commitments.
He was also involved in both the Wissahickon Skating Club and was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill for 36 years.
In 1992, the Haineses opened a furniture store on Evergreen Court, called Evy Haines Furniture. They had planned on having their son Ted, then 30, run it, but he was soon diagnosed with leukemia. Haines helped his son fight the disease for three years before Ted eventually died. It made Haines an activist for leukemia research and funding. He and Evy were crucial in running an annual blood drive sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evy Haines, his daughter Kristin Haynes and his granddaughter Caroline. His funeral was private and his ashes will be spread in the Atlantic Ocean, the same place those of his son Ted were spread in 1995. – PM