Longtime plastics machinery executive Sidney Rains, who was also active in leadership roles in industry trade associations, has died.
Rains, who was vice president of sales and marketing at Van Dorn Plastics Machinery in Strongsville, Ohio, died Feb. 24, according to an obituary provided by his family. He was 84.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he held that position at Van Dorn from 1977 to 1998.
Rains also was active on the board of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., where he was part of a group that tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a merger in the late 1990s with the American Plastics Council.
He started his plastics career after graduating from high school in 1956, attending the University of Akron and serving an apprenticeship with BF Goodrich Tire and Rubber, according to an obituary on the website of the Waite and Sons Funeral Home.
"This launched Sid into a 60-plus year career in the plastics industry," the obituary said. "He was an original member of the Akron Cam Jammers and a lifetime racing fan. Above all he cherished any moment spent with family and friends."
Rains was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Williamsburg, Ky., to Martin and Edna (Siler) Rains.
Surviving family includes his wife of 53 years, Cynthia, and children Scott (Cindi) Rains, Michele (Steve) Snowball and Dana (Howard) Tieche, as well as eight grandchildren, sister Sandra (Jim) Thornton; sisters-in-law, Ellen Rains and Claudia Hayes and brother-in-law, Dana Holliday.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Reba Holliday, and brother Randy Rains.
Visitation will be held at Waite and Sons Funeral Home in Medina, Ohio, March 2 from 5-7 p.m. and again March 3 from 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.