- Van Matre Family Funeral Homes :: Serving Northwestern Pennsylvania - http://vanmatres.com -

Gaines, James Edward

James Edward Gaines, age 78, of Colorado Springs, died Thursday, November 5, 2020. Originally of Waterford, James was born October 30, 1942 to Ellen Titus Gaines and the late Edward Gaines.

Gaines, JamesA United States Army veteran and computer engineer, James enjoyed spending time with his family and hunting in Colorado. He and his wife Darlene Carrie O’Conner Gaines, whom he married June 12, 1974, were blessed with two sons, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and mother, include their sons – James Arthur Gaines and his wife Shannon of Peachtree City, GA, and Joseph Edward Gaines of Colorado Springs; four sisters – Joan Hagberg of Phoenix, Gloria Jean Merkle of Union City, Linda Hamrick and her husband Terry of Waterford, and Kathleen Ann Thomeir and her husband Bob of Erie; three brothers – Ronald E. Gaines and his wife Dawn of Myrtle Beach, Ken L. Gaines and his wife April of McKean, and John Gaines and his wife Leanne of Mill Village; an aunt – Fran Wright of Centerville; nine grandchildren – Jessica, Kristofer, Seth, Ashlyn, Samantha, Addison, Lauren, Eliana and James; and two great grandchildren – Devin and Sadie Jo.

Friends and family may call on Friday, November 13th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. The funeral service will be held there Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. with the committal service and burial following at Phillipsville Union Cemetery.

7 Comments (Open | Close)

7 Comments To "Gaines, James Edward"

#1 Comment By LATRELLE D KOZIK On November 8, 2020 @ 11:44 am

I’m very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing.
He was my brother in law many years ago and I remember many good memories of him.
Sending my most sincere sympathy to his family

#2 Comment By Bert Martens On November 13, 2020 @ 6:35 pm


Sorry to hear of Jim passing away. I remember all the good times we had working together at DEC.

Take care,
Bert, Judy

#3 Comment By Linda Hamrick On November 13, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

Jim was my oldest brother and I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.My husband and I have so many good memories to look back on. We will miss him always.

#4 Comment By Jim Thompson On November 14, 2020 @ 11:39 am

Darlene and family: I am sorry to learn of your loss. I met Jim, riding on his tractor, out at the Hood farm a couple of years ago when I went up to take George a care package.. We talked for some time and Jim seemed like a really nice person. I hope everything else is going well for your and your family — much larger than I had guessed.

#5 Comment By Lila Whitmore On November 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm

Jim was not only a good friend but a wonderful mentor to me when we worked together at the Digital Customer Support Center in Colorado Springs. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him in our DEC family.

#6 Comment By Justin Gaines On November 24, 2020 @ 9:28 am

Jim was one of my favorite uncles. I have a lot of great memories as a child and as a young adult with him and his family. Rest in peace Uncle Jim.

#7 Comment By Kim On December 30, 2020 @ 5:23 am

What a good man Jim was. So sorry for your loss. Remembering all the good times we all had together, especially when Jim made the giant nutcracker bite Isabella’s finger! He truly will be missed in this world.