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Updated: 05/27/2018 04:12:40PM

Charlotte looks to rename park for fallen Marine

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William R. Gaines Jr.

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William R. Gaines Jr. joined the Marine Corps in the summer of 1981 at the age of 18.

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The 1981 Charlotte High School yearbook photo of William R. Gaines Jr. as a senior.

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The Sunrise Park concept plan, prepared by Weiler Engineering Corporation, includes many new elements, and a new name — William R. Gaines Jr. Memorial Park.

By GARY ROBERTS

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MURDOCK — Charlotte County is moving ahead with plans to rename and remake Sunrise Park in honor of a favorite son, who was killed in service to his country.

With a generous financial pledge from the Gaines family, who raised their children in Charlotte County, officials recently unveiled a proposal for the William R. Gaines Jr. Memorial Park.

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