Monday, January 22, 2018

In Memoriam: George Haines

George Haines, former NBL player with the Pittsburgh Raiders and member of the Bucknell Sports Hall of Fame, died last week at 96.



George F. Haines Jr. BETHLEHEM

George F. Haines Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late LaVerne (Francis) Haines. Born in Tonawanda, NY, George was the son of the late Rev. George F. and Bertha (Burns) Haines. A 1943 graduate of Bucknell University, he was inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. He went on to play professional basketball for the Pittsburgh Raiders in the 1944 to 1945 season. As a chemical engineer, he earned his MS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, and worked at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh. He joined Bethlehem Steel Corp in 1960, managing many air and water pollution projects before retiring in 1982. He assisted in the creation of Bethlehem's City Line Little League in 1960, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Holly Kent and her husband, Bruce, of Bethlehem; son, George F. Haines III, and his wife, Karen, of Shawnee, OK; grandchildren, Wesley, Allison, Sarah, Daniel, Kristopher, and Drew. George was predeceased by his brother, William R. Haines. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 19, in the 2nd Floor Auditorium of Kirkland Village, One Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, 18017. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Burial will be private. A memory tribute may be placed at In lieu of flowers, to First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18017; or to Bucknell University, c/o Gift Processing, Bucknell University, 301 Market St., Suite No. 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

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