Lloyd Alexander “Buck” Haynes was born September 19, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late Jean (Headley) and Lloyd Haynes. From this union was born Lloyd, Cynthia, Loretta, and Edward.
Lloyd attended Houghton and Fletcher Elementary schools and graduated from the Pilot School (now Cambridge Rindge and Latin). He enjoyed basketball and was a skilled player, playing for the Pilot School’s team. He then went on to attend UMass Amherst where he majored in history and urban elementary education and studied music as well. He eventually transferred to UMass Boston where he graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1993.
Lloyd was employed at the MDC as a laborer, worked at the House of Blues Cambridge, and volunteered at the food pantry in Cambridge.
Lloyd was an avid music lover and called it his “escape.” He could often be found listening to his records and playing many jazz, R&B, and old-school hip-hop artists. He also enjoyed travelling with his friends Bill and Paul and even drove across country once with them. He played the trumpet and keyboard and enjoyed playing chess as well. He had a passion for exploring and doing it with the people he loved.
Lloyd recently celebrated 20 years of sobriety in July. This was a truly meaningful accomplishment for him, and he found joy in sharing his story with others. He wrote a memoir of his life that was meant to do just that. In it he states, “I hope that through this account, and by leading by example, that I can be hopefully a positive role model and that others can see and read about the mistakes I made in my life, so as not to say you won’t make mistakes, but hopefully you won’t have to make as many.”
Lloyd leaves to mourn his sisters Cynthia Wilkerson and Loretta Haynes, and brother Edward and sister-in-law Dawn Haynes, along with his nieces SheNequa, Jennette, Nicole, and niece and goddaughter Angela Haynes. He also leaves his grandnephews Quinzy and Shayne and grandniece Shanelle, his aunt and uncle Gertrude and Robert Ford and cousins Tanya, Raneé, and Dyana who were like his sisters, and his best friends Paul Campbell, Eddie Rutledge, and Allen Cribbs.
Lloyd loved his God, his family, his friends, and Cambridge. We love him and he will always be missed.