Spencer Henry Gaines

Oct 19, 1933 - Jul 24, 2020


Holmdel Funeral Home

It is with broken hearts but also so much love and admiration that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother, Spencer Henry Gaines.

Spencer was born on October 19, 1933 to Herbert and Edith Ginzburg on Staten Island in New York. Spencer was the beloved big brother of Alan Gaines who as adults joined their father as a partner in the law firm of Ginzburg, Gaines & Gaines.

Spencer entered Syracuse University at the age of 16 and finished undergraduate and law school in six years. He was a lifelong Syracuse fan. Spencer served in the Air Force. He loved to fly and had his single, instrument and multi-engine pilot ratings. Together with his beloved wife, Patty Gaines, Spencer took many trips behind the instruments of his Moonie airplane.

Spencer and Patty would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 14, 2020. Together they enjoyed many laughs, many adventures and lots of love. Patty was by his side cheering him on when, as an avid golfer, he won the 1985 club championship at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, New Jersey. Together they also enjoyed their time in Deer Valley, Utah skiing and golfing at Glenwild Country Club. Spencer had the great pleasure of golfing with Arnold Palmer and would tell you that one of the greatest days of his life was skiing Deer Valley in the morning and golfing in the afternoon. Spencer also had two holes-in-one. He also enjoyed attending events each and every day of the 2002 winter Olympics in Utah.

Spencer is survived by four children and nine grandchildren who all love him so very much. He was the most wonderful father who made his children’s dreams realities and who was their never-yielding cheerleaders. Dr. Wendy Gaines and her husband Robert Ryan and son Joshua Ryan of Belmont, Massachusetts. Jonathan Gaines and his wife Lauren Gaines and children Averi Gaines and Devin Gaines or Wake Forest, North Carolina. Jennifer Maynard and her sons Brody Maynard and Alex Maynard of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Lori Gaines Freund and her husband Eric Freund and children Emersyn Freund, Dashiell Freund, Hunter Freund and Hartley Freund of Fair Haven, New Jersey.

Spencer was a man of many trades. He was a brilliant attorney who was admired by all who worked with him and served as a mentor and later partner to Bobby Fishler. He was one of the founders of Travelsavers, a travel company of which he was so proud. Spencer along with his brother and friends helped form Rivercrest, a realty investment company. Spencer also proudly served on the Board of CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Eatontown, NJ and ran their annual golf tournaments.

Spencer will be sorely missed, and we will all strive to be the spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling and friend he was.

Donations in Spencer’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and CPC Behavioral Healthcare.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Holmdel Funeral Home, Holmdel, NJ.  To post a condolence for the family or to share a memory of Mr. Gaines please visit his page of tributes at www.holmdelfuneralhome.com.