Dana Henry Cairns

Dana Henry Cairns, 89, of Ellington, N.Y., passed away on Dec. 22, 2013, in the Heritage Green Healthcare Center where he was an Alzheimer’s resident.

He was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Greenfield, Mass. His parents, Elizabeth and Henry Cairns adopted Dana at birth. He had one sister, Alida. Dana grew up and attended school in Great Barrington, Mass.

He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving as a cargo pilot in the pacific in World War II. After his Army service he attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., then joined the firm of Young and Rubicam as an art director. Throughout his long career in advertising in New York City, Dana worked on many national accounts including: Kodak, Ford Motor Cars, Champion Spark Plugs and General Foods in both print and television.

Dana is survived by his wife, Phyllis, who he met while working as a senior art director at J. Walter Thompson in New York City. They married in 1962 in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and lived in Haworth, N.J., before moving to Westport, Conn., in 1981 and eventually Newtown, Conn., where he and his wife had a direct marketing and print advertising business, Main Street Marketing. In 1992, after retirement, they moved to Ellington, N.Y.

Dana was an elder in the Presbyterian Church before joining the United Methodist Church in Ellington, N.Y. For several years he did a weekly cartoon called “Marge and Henry” which appeared on the weekly senior page of The Post-Journal in Jamestown. Throughout his life his main love was jazz piano, playing the music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, which he performed at many volunteer charity events and at nursing homes and fundraisers. He was an avid golfer, expert skier and enjoyed playing cards and backgammon, winning several tournaments.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Dana is survived by one adopted son, Judson Cairns, from his first marriage; three children: Andrew Cairns, Jenifer Manz and Katie Stuart; and a granddaughter, Lily Foster.

His remains were donated to the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. A memorial service will be held during the regular 10 a.m. Sunday Service at the Ellington United Methodist Church, 776 W. Main St., Ellington N.Y., on Jan. 12, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ellington United Methodist Church, Ellington, N.Y., or the Farman Free Library, PO Box 26, Ellington, N.Y., where he was a volunteer.