Leonard " Lenny" Gaines

May 19, 1956 ~ September 27, 2021 (age 65)



Colonie, New York


Leonard Martin Gaines, 65 of Colonie, NY died on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Livingston Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Livingston, NY after a brief battle with cancer.

Lenny was born in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in East Meadow, New York. He was a graduate of RPI, Class of 1978, and later earned his PhD from RPI as well.

He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Lenny had been employed by NYS as a statistician for the Department of Labor and later the Department of Economic Development. He was a member of the American Statistical Association and a longtime member of Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy. Lenny was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism   where he met his loving wife Nancy.  He was a member of the Schenectady Curling Club and was an undefeated cribbage player


Lenny is survived by his wife, Nancy Labitt Gaines and a daughter, Julie Louise Gaines of Colonie. He also leaves his Mother, Babette Gaines of Commack, NY and a brother, David (Jane) Gaines of Centerport, NY, as well as several cousins.


Services at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Ridgewood, NY on Thursday, September 30, 2021.  Those wishing to remember Lenny in a special way may make a memorial contribution to Congregation Berith Sholom. 167 Third Street Troy, NY. 12180, the American Cancer Society 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110 or the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205. The period of mourning will be observed at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy on Sunday October 3, 2021 from 2-4pm. 


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Congregation Berith Sholom
167 Third Street, Troy, New York NY 12180

American Cancer Society
1 Penny Lane, Latham NY 12110

American Diabetes Association
2 Pine West Plaza, Albany NY 12205

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