Donald Maines

Donald A. Maines

Thursday, January 16th, 1936 - Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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MECHANICVILLE Donald A. Maines, 84, of N. Main St. died peacefully Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James G.S. Maines and Helen McHugh Maines.

Don moved to Troy as a young child and was educated at Catholic High in Troy and the Russell Sage Junior College of Albany. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. Don and his wife Ruth established and operated The Branch Restaurant as well as The Vault Restaurant, both in Albany. Don was a proud 28-year member of the American Legion Mohawk Post 1450.

He was the husband of the late Ruth Amadon Maines for over 49 years. Don was predeceased by his brother CMSgt. James Maines of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. and his sister Helen (Robert) Turcotte of Cohoes, NY. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to local ASPCA.
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Ginger Virginia McCann

Posted at 09:23pm
Don was a caring person. I worked at Norstar bank at 21 yrs old, around the corner from The Branch and we would often go there for lunch. That was how I met Don. I spontaneously moved to CA for just under a year & when I returned, I was looking for a job. I had gone back to the bank & they didn’t have a position available. I stopped in the Branch, said Hi to Don and told him what I was doing. He offered me a 5 day/ wk bartending job that would allow me to continue with my college schedule. He & Ruth were wonderful people. I’m sorry to this day of the disappointment I was at the end of my 3 years at the Branch but, still treasure the memories & relationships that were made there. We often referred to it as “Cheers” because of all our regulars and Don knew them all by name and what food/drink order they’d want. Thank you, Don for being you and RIP.

Barbara Ritschel

Posted at 07:19pm
I worked at Home Savings Bank where Don's Vault restaurant was located and ate there every day on my coffee break and often for lunch for 9 years. When he opened the branch around the corner I had many lunches there! He was such a fine person and just seeing his face in the paper made me smile and remember the many happy memories. Very often when I walked into the Vault, he had my food ready for my coffee break so that I would not have to wait! Rest in peace Don.

Frank Dejohn

Posted at 06:02pm
I first met Don in the year 2000. I had left a 32 year career in the banking. I wanted a change; I downsized and bought a little candy shop on Pearl St in downtown Albany called Cravings. The first day I opened store as the new owner in strolled Don, we had an immediate connection. On the second day of business flowers arrived with a note saying “Welcome to the big show” from Don, Ruth and your friends at the Branch. Yup, he was that kind of guy. From that day on we visited almost every weekday day and many a Saturday morning either at my shop or at the Branch. Don was a class act, a great mentor, a gentlemen and a good friend to myself and many, many others. RIP dear friend.

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