William E. Haines, Jr.

by | Jan 16, 2017 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —William “Bill” Edward Haines, Jr., 71, passed away surrounded by his family and dear friends on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He fought the good fight on his terms and was a towering example of strength and courage to all who knew him.

Bill was the son of Muriel Ann Slocombe Haines and William Edward Haines, Sr. He was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. Bill was married to the love of his life, Sandra “Sandy” Ann Sullivan Haines in 1969 in Syracuse and they went on to raise three children, travel, play, and make dear friends from the many places they called home.

He worked for Crouse Hinds, Lutron, and Cooper Industries for many years until he opened his business, Old Dominion Lighting Associates, in Virginia Beach in 1986. Bill and Sandy have enjoyed a life together full of love, laughter, children, grandchildren, and amazing friendships. His unbelievable work ethic, sense of humor, and generosity were shining through right up until the end. Those who know him well will not be surprised by one of his final statements “Let’s get on with it.”

Bill will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Sandy; his daughter and her husband, Cathy and Grandy Buyrn; his son and his wife, Brian and Leigh Haines; his daughter and her husband, Stacey and Todd Goldman; his eight grandchildren, Connor Buyrn, Riley Buyrn, Dillon Buyrn, Ava Goldman, Brayden Buyrn, Landon Haines, Lainey Goldman, and Bennett Haines; his brother, Mike Haines; and countless friends who became family over the years.

A memorial service took place at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel. Memorial contributions to the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA 23541 or at www.ccfot.org. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com.