Dana Richard Haynes, 83, died peacefully on Sept. 8 at MDI Hospital holding his daughter’s hand. He was born in the same hospital on April 29, 1938, son of Richard M. and Margaret M. (Cousins) Haynes. Dana grew up in Northeast Harbor, learning the ropes at Haynes Garage starting about the age of 12.
When Dana graduated from Mount Desert High School, he was already working beside his father and mother in the family business. Work was his hobby, and his work ethic was one of his strongest traits. While his family knew he was there for them, Dana’s love for the business and doing for others were his passions. He could often be seen at the dock, working on boats in the early years, and watching them in later years. Dana was truly a down-to-earth man. He was honest, thoughtful, kind — all the words that are good — all wrapped up in a true Maine son.
Dana and Lucy, his wife of 63 years, lived and worked side-by-side. They enjoyed many vacations in Florida with extended family, and while it is hard to believe, he actually enjoyed walking on Indian Harbour Beach looking for sea glass. He loved spending time at their camp “Cedar Breeze” on Long Pond. Boating down the pond on the Idle Hour with a cocktail was a 5 o’clock tradition. Dana was a man of few words! “Ayuh,” “Finest kind” and “Yep, I can fix that” were ones often heard at Haynes Garage. If he talked to you, it was to teach you something or leave you with a lesson.
Besides his work at the garage, Dana served the town of Mount Desert by joining the Northeast Harbor Fire Department starting at the age of 17 in 1956. He was chief from 1970-1992. He also served on the NEH Ambulance Committee, the Warrant Committee and the Harbor Committee (later named the Marine Management Committee) for more than 60 years. His dedication to the town helped to shape the way these organizations operated and helped make them what they are today.
Dana is survived by his wife, Lucy; two children, son Daniel and his wife, Becky, daughter Wendy Littlefield and her husband, John, all of Northeast Harbor; stepson Stephen Tracy and his wife, Darlene, of Hubert, N.C. “Boppie” also leaves behind grandchildren: J. Dana Haynes Jr., Master Sgt. Richard M. Haynes II and his wife, Sarah, Meghan Leddy and her husband, Matt, Dara Beth Beck and her husband, Sean, Ryan Littlefield and his girlfriend, Carley Sevene, and Haley Littlefield and her fiancé, Spc. Cody Cronk. He will be missed by great-grandchildren Kaya Ashleigh Haynes, Rowan Haynes, Kellum Beck and Madeleine Ashleigh Littlefield.
He has been met by many friends who passed before him and leaves a community behind. Dana was met in Heaven by his parents; brother, Blaine; son, Jeffrey Dana Haynes, Sr.; and granddaughter, Ashleigh Margaret Littlefield.
Dana was a loving husband and son, an amazing father, brother, Boppie, uncle, cousin and a genuine friend. He was a “rock” of Northeast Harbor, and more than anything, a kind man. They don’t make them like him anymore. Cherish all of the loving memories that will last forever.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Northeast Harbor, followed by a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 122, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.
Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.