Steven Allen Haines

November 1, 1946 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Steven Haines Obituary

Steven Allen Haines, 77, of Maine, NY passed away February 1, 2024, of natural causes surrounded by his wife, son, daughter, their partners and two granddogs in his home in Burlington, MA.  His family is deeply saddened but know he is no longer suffering, and he will forever live in our laughter and love.

Steven was born November 1, 1946, to Jack and Evelyn Haines in Binghamton, NY.  He was the youngest of 3 boys, always seeking attention and being the star of the stage.  He was a state champion swimmer at Maine-Endwell High School and attended Morrisville College in NY.  He lived with many medical challenges but always had a smile on his face and this is what he’ll be remembered for.

Steven is survived by his beautiful, loving wife, Joyce, his brother, John, his 5 children, Tami Lovesky and husband Randy, Amy Haines Tompkins and husband Chris, Steven Vanwinkle and partner Laura, Christa Haines Munley and husband Jason, and Amber Haines and partner Jude, along with his 5 grandchildren.  Steven was also a doting grandpa to his 2 grandpups “Mo & Moose” who never left his side.

Steven was predeceased by his parents, brother, Tom, best friend, Steve and his first grandson, Drew.  We know he’ll be taken care of with all of them together.

Steven not only had a passion for swimming but loved playing golf and watching all sports.  He was not only the loudest dad in the stands but also his kids coach for softball, baseball and swimming.  And if you ever said, “stop embarrassing me dad!” He’d simply do it ten times more.  Steven did not stop his support and coaching to only his children but also loved sharing his advice to his nephews, nieces, and all his children’s friends.  He never missed a game, dance recital or the chance to tell you how proud he was of you and how much he loved you.  He continued that spirit watching his favorite college basketball team at Binghamton University where his wife Joyce worked for 52 years.  He’ll continue to scream “Go Bearcats!” 

To know Steve is to know he had the “gift of gab” which was perfect for his career as a real estate agent, used cars salesman, stay at home dad, then when Amber went off to Hartwick College he went back to work as an aid at Willow Point Nursing Home.  As a stay-at-home dad he was the best chauffeur of the “Haines mobile,” the messiest cook making home-made sauce and had the coziest lap to lay your head on.  He loved making people laugh, telling a good story, and simply making you feel seen.  In a world where people walk on by Steve would stop and say “hi.”  

Steven was not only lucky at the Blackjack tables but also lucky in love.  He was married to Joyce for 42.5 years and shared a life together that was a unique love like no other.  Joyce was “wooed” by his blue eyes and his cheesy pick-up lines at the bowling alley.  But fell in love when she saw how much he loved her children that were always supposed to be his.  

Steven was a family man and he’ll forever live in our hearts.  We’ll carry on the tradition of “story telling” and of course retell his “corny jokes.”  In dad’s famous words “Would you want me any other way?”  No dad, always stay the same.  We love you.  

The family will not hold services at this time but plan for a remembrance celebration in Summer 2024.  Thank you to those who have reached out and shared your condolences.  In lieu of flowers please donate to SMD-HELP Foundation Inc. “Masonry in Action” which allowed for dad to live a bit more carefree and comfortable in his final days. 

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