Services for John R. Gaines to Be Held at Catholic Newman Center

Visitation and funeral service have been announced for John R. Gaines, the philanthropist, art collector, breeder, and visionary to the horse industry who died on Friday at the age of 76.

Services will be held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the Newman Center in Lexington, adjacent to the University of Kentucky campus. Gaines was a major benefactor of the Catholic Newman Center. Visitation will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, with a funeral service conducted by Rev. Tom Farrell to be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Private burial will be at Lexington Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

In addition to Joan Benziger Gaines, his wife of 45 years, Gaines is survived by a daughter and son, Gloria Gaines Callen and her husband Craig, New York City, and Thomas B. Gaines, Lexington; three sisters: Mary Gaines, New York City, Joan Dinneen, Winter Park, FL; and Barbara Fernandez, Newport, RI.

Memorials are suggested to the Gaines Center for the Humanities, University of Kentucky, 232 E. Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40506 or the Newman Center, 320 Rose Lane, 40508.

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