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Andrew L. Bain, Sr.



Andrew “Buddy” L. Bain, Sr., age 94, of West Caldwell, formerly of the Packanack Lake section of Wayne, passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived in Dallas, Texas, Minto, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C. during his youth. Andrew graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland with the Class of 1938. He continued his education at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he enrolled at the age of sixteen and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Andrew later enrolled in Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. where he received his Juris Doctor of Laws degree. Upon his graduation from law school he was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the U.S., the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District Court. He, as others before him, worked his way through college and law school. In the beginning it was janitorial duties, grocery clerk, draftsman, patent examiner, etc. His education was temporarily interrupted when he enlisted in the Coast Guard during WWII and he stayed on active reserve until his time added up to 40 years of service. He retired as a Lt. Commander.

He served in some very prestigious and responsible positions for the federal government. His office was located in the Pentagon and he worked for the Defense Dept. under Secretary of Defense McNamara. He worked for the U.S. patent office as well. He was a member of the Presidential and Congressional committees and negotiated multi-million dollar defense contracts and international licensing agreements. He was also responsible for the performance of a billion dollars in contracts, foreign and domestic.

In private industry he made his mark as well. He worked over twenty years for Kearfott Engineering, General Precision Corp and at the Singer Corporation before retiring in 1982. He was VP for government contracts and director of advanced research. In addition he was VP of Operations and Acquisitions.

Andy was proud of his heritage. He is a 4th generation American of Scottish descent dating back to 1835. His ancestors are from Inverness, which explained his involvement in golf.

One evening when Andrew was attending college, a group of boys were going out and ask Andrew to get a date and go out with them. He told the guys he couldn’t get a date on such short notice and one of the guys said I’ll get you one-my sister is at home. They proceeded over to Margaret’s house and tossed stones at her window until she acknowledged them and agreed to go out for drinks. Andrew was, in his own word “smitten.” Margaret not so much. They dated until Andrew was called to serve his country during WWII. On leave from the service he went to a USO dance and was re-acquainted with Margaret who was there as well. They dated again for a time but Margaret had her reservations as she thought Andrew’s personality was too conservative for her liking. Andrew was still “smitten” and worked up the nerve to ask Margaret to marry him. He proposed while parked in the car in front of her house saying “I think we should get married-what do you think?” After a long and agonizing pause she said “that’s a terrible proposal but yes I would like to marry you.” They married on September 1, 1945 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Washington, DC and honeymooned at a New York City motel. After the first night Andrew went to the front desk and said “I can’t afford this place – we’re checking out” to which the manager told him you have a military service discount, your good friend knows the manager so you’re getting the manager’s discount, and this room is costing you $7.00 per night. Andrew and Margaret enjoyed sixty-four years of loving and caring marriage before her passing in January of 2010.

Andrew will be remembered for his extremely dry and witty sense of humor. He never liked to be social but was good at it when the situation warranted. As a father he was a great teacher of life lessons and when his great-grandchildren came along and he was asked how they should address him he responded that he’d always been fond of being called “Sir.” He was an athlete in his heart and enjoyed playing basketball, tennis, daily swam laps in the pool for many years, and was an accomplished golfer who has played the game around the world. He also enjoyed trips to the Jersey Shore including Long Beach Island, Point Pleasant, and Lavallette.

Andrew was the loving husband of the late Margaret (Weschler) Bain (2010); devoted father of the late Andrew Bain, Jr. (2003) and his surviving wife Janis, Margaret E. Bain and her husband Jan Kopecky of Commerce City, CO, Dr. Frank Bain and his wife Jackie of Towaco, Mary Tiefenbacher and her husband Robert of Wayne, and Alice Breeman of Morris Plains. He was the much loved grandfather of David and his wife Alyson, Andrew and his wife Alissa, Matthew, Megan, John, Tim, Tom, Kate and Nick; and dear great-grandfather of Daniel, Gabriel, Amelie, Reese and Charlotte.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10 AM on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Saint Aloysius Church, 291 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell.

Andrew was very proud of his late son Andrew Bain’s years of service to Packanack Lake Fire Co. #5. To honor both Andrew, and his namesake son’s memory, those inclined to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the Packanack Lake Fire Co. #5, 5 lake Drive West, Wayne, NJ 07470.

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Dr Bain I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and loving dad. May he Rest in Peace Maureen Vanderclock (patient)

Maureen Vanderclock

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