Ashton Funeral Home


Thomas L. “Tony” Gaines

December 29, 2017

Thomas “Tony” Gaines, 78, of Easton, died Friday, December 29, 2017 in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born January 29, 1939 in Easton, he was a son of the late Thomas and Christine (Lineberger) Gaines.  He and his wife, Lillian (Freeman) Gaines were married 54 years.

Tony worked for Laborer’s Union, Local 1174.  Prior to that he was an Easton police officer.  He served in the Marines and was a member of American Legion, Lester Pfeffer, Post 611, Easton and the Marine Corps League, Northampton County Detachment.

Surviving with his wife, Lillian, are a son, Joseph “Tim” Freeman, a sister, Joyce Martinez, a brother, Richard Lovell, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  His son, David Freeman died earlier this year.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the American Legion, Lester Pfeffer, Post #611, 429 S. 16th St., Easton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps League, Northampton County Detachment, 1621 Lehigh St., Easton, PA 18042.  Offer online condolences at

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  1. Joyce Coleman Sabatine

    December 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I graduated with Tom and always considered him a good friend.
    My sincere sympathy to his family.

  2. Shirley Schweder

    January 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I met Tony in Jr High at Wolf. He and Richard Roscheli hung out at my home many nights,I remember 1 cold No. Night we were watching T.V. thru the window on the porch . My dad had us come inside and Tony fell asleep on the sofa..o sorry for the family loss.

    Toni Foss (Golden)Schweder

  3. Estella Frutchey

    January 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Thoughts and prayers,

    The Frutchey Family

  4. Kathy Baines

    January 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Lil & Family. So sorry for your loss. I have always been so grateful for both of you. Sending love & prayers.

  5. Kerstin Gaines Burgess

    January 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Uncle Tony, When I think of you I Think of my Dad. Brothers born the same day one year apart. I remember Sunday dinners and lots of laughs. Video of my wedding with your James Brown moves. Love you. Rest in peace .