Lou Plaine passed away December1, 2021, three weeks shy of his 103rd birthday. Born in Newburgh, NY, he was the son of Maurice and Matilda (Fried) Plaine along with three brothers Mitchell, Hyman and George aka (Joe) all of whom have predeceased him.
Lou served his country during WWII as a member of the US Army Company M 134 Infantry assigned to various campaigns in the European theatre. Shortly after discharge in 1945, Lou moved to Schenectady and along with brothers Hy and Joe established Plane Boys Inc. a retail operation selling a variety of products based in the downtown are of Schenectady. In the early sixties, Lou established his own business, Lou Plaine’s Auto, located in the Woodlawn section of the city, specializing in auto parts and bicycles. This operation continued under Lou’s management until 1983 when he retired and passed on the business to sons Mitch and Les.
During retirement Lou enjoyed traveling, spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his favorite activity, ballroom dancing. He and Dorothy were long time members of the local Cotillion Society and spent many evenings in attendance with friends at their sponsored events.
Besides his parents and brothers, he was predeceased by wives Barbara and Dorothy and son Leslie.
He is survived by sons Ronald (Susan) of Colonie NY and Mitchell (Barbara) of Pittsfield MA, six grandchildren, Cassandra (John) Vanessa (Jason) Rachael, Amanda (Jake), Gabrielle (John) and Matthew, as well as seven great grandchildren, Vincent, Lucas, Julian, Max, Leo, Iyla and Levi, who will all miss him greatly.
Lou spent his later years at Kingsway Community moving from the Independent and assisted living units and then to skilled nursing care. The family appreciates and would like to thank the Kingsway nurses and staff for their respect and attention shown to Lou during his time under their care.
Services will be private and burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home Inc. 1503 Union Street, Schenectady. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.JonesFH.net