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Albert C Caines

September 27, 1931 — November 12, 2009

Albert C. Caines, Sr., 78, of Olyphant, died on Thursday at Community Medical Center, Scranton.  His wife is the former Florita Rogan.  They celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 26. Born in Throop, he resided in Olyphant for most of his life.  He was the son of the late Emily Grebb and Harry E. Caines, Sr. and was a graduate of Olyphant High School. He was the founder of Caines Mechanical Contractors and Excavating Co., Olyphant along with his son, Al “Hooch” and grandson, Michael.  He was formerly employed as the building engineer for the Jewish Community Center, Scranton and was the clerk of the works at the MidValley Elementary Center, Throop.  In his younger days he worked as a coalminer in the Grassy Mine. A Korean War Army Veteran, he was stationed in Korea when the war started.  He was awarded 4 bronze service stars.  He was a member of VFW Clarks Summit Post 7069 and American Legion Raymond Henry Post 327, Olyphant. A lifelong and active member since 1947 of Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1, he was their oldest living member.  He served as Olyphant Borough Fire Chief in 1970 and as assistant fire chief numerous times throughout his career.  In 1958, he was one of the founding members of the Olyphant Ambulance under Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1 and Eureka Hose Co. No. 4.  He was active in the Northeast Fireman’s Association in the 1950′s and ’60′s and was an instructor in gas, oil and structural fires.  He was also a member of Kingsbury Lodge 466, Olyphant, F&AM. Al was an avid sportsman who belonged to the Cochise Hunting Club, Lake Wallenpaupack and the National Rifle Association.  His great grandson, Zachary, was the light of his life. He is survived by a son, Al “Hooch” Caines, Jr. and his fiance, Karen Kenny, Olyphant; a daughter, Kim Caines and Scott Griggs, Dickson City; two grandchildren, Jonna Borgna Shuta and husband Michael, and Michael R. Caines, all of Olyphant; a great grandson, Zachary Caine Menichetti; four sisters: Dolores Wargo, Olyphant, Florence Thomas, Blakely, Alice Yantorn and Carol Smith, both of Olyphant; three brothers: Harry and Ralph Caines, Olyphant and Donnie Caines, Dunmore.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Henry Yeager, Davita Dialysis staff and the ICU staff at Community Medical Center for their care.American Legion will hold services on Monday at 8:45AM at the Hudak-O’Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant.  Mass will follow at 9:30AM at St. Patrick’s Church, Delaware St., Olyphant.  Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, pastor, will officiate.  Burial will take place in Valley View Memorial Park, Montdale. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5PM at the funeral home. VFW services will be held at 3PM.  Contributions may be made to Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1, Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant, PA, 18447or http://www.epartnersingiving.com/albertccaines. To leave on-line condolences, or get directions, please visitwww.hudak-osheafuneralhome.com.
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