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A ‘heart of gold’

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By Shannon Brock

Ask both his wife and his boss and they’ll tell you — Daniel “Danny” Gaines had a heart of gold.

“He had an outgoing personality,” said Gaines’ wife, Crystal. “He’d do anything for anybody. If he had the means to do it, he would do it.”

Gaines, of Frankfort, died unexpectedly Nov. 23. He had an enlarged heart. Born Nov. 28, 1974, he was 33.

Gaines had worked as a remove and replace technician for the past three and half months at Kentucky Transmissions on Bypass North, said Kerry Branam, who owns the business.

Branam said Gaines was a “very hard worker.”

“He didn’t cut corners,” Branam said, adding that Gaines always did his best. “He was very well liked. He was a super nice guy.”

Branam said Gaines loved tools and was constantly adding to his tool chest.

He also loved to hunt and fish, Crystal said.

In addition to his wife, Gaines is survived by three sons, Scott, 14, Jonathan, 9, and Skyler, 2; his parents, Buford Gaines and Debra Collins Gaines; and one sister, Clara Melinda Deems.

Services were last Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Woodford County. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort was in charge of arrangements.

An account is being set up at LNB to assist the Gaines family. Donations can be made “In memory of Daniel ‘Danny’ Gaines.”

E-mail Shannon Mason Brock at sbrock@theandersonnews.com.