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William Joseph Baird
  • June 09, 1929
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  • September 30, 2010

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William Joseph Baird, 81, of New Smyrna Beach, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010.  William was born on June 9, 1929 in Somerville, Massachusetts to William J. Baird, a Police Officer and Lillian C. Ahearn. He graduated from Somerville High School.  After graduation he joined the Coast Guard where he served for three years.  William traveled to the North Pole on an ice breaker Eastwind with Admiral Byrd’s expedition to establish a base at Thule, Greenland.  After his discharge, he married Janice (Sterner) Baird, his wife of 59 years.  They adopted three children; son, Scott of Edgewater; daughter, Doctor Melissa Baird of Springfield Oregon; son, Steven Baird of Charleston, Maine.  William was a maintenance supervisor for Penn Central later known as NY Central Railroad.  William became the Director of Fleet Maintenance for Purity Supreme Supermarkets.  He moved his family to Chemsford, Massachusetts and was a former member of Chemsford Elks, member of Chelmsford Art Society, President of Chelmsford Choral Society, Founder and member of Merrimack Valley Chorale and Society of Fleet Maintenance Engineers.  William had a wonder sense of humor, loved to dance and take part in theatrical skits.  He also enjoyed camping, golf, and chocolate ice cream and was an avid Yankee fan.  In later years he worked part time as a bus driver for Scared Heart School, known as “Mr. Bill”  to the children. Preceeded in death by his sister, Alice Mallard of Somerville, Mass. He will be sorely missed by son in law, William Miller of Springfield Oregon, sister, Mary Carroll of Cummaquid, Mass., sister, Marjorie Lunday of Lexington, Mass., brother in law, Francis Mallard of Somerville, Mass., sister in law, Denise Sterner, brother in law, Herbert Carroll of Cummaquid, Mass., and Many loving Nieces, Nephews and Friends.  A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach.

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  1. 24 Oct 2010
    Elisa & John Catania says:
    Dear Aunt Janny, Scott, Stephen & Melissa & families, We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill's passing. He was such a nice person & will always remember how much him & my father enjoyed teasing each other. I'm sure they're together picking up where they left off! Our deepest sympathy for you all at this difficult time. Love, Elisa, John, Hayley, Emma & Ethan Catania.

  2. 20 Oct 2010
    Diane, Darc, Julie & Dan, Steph & Rich, Eliz & Jer, Michelle & Marty, Mike, Jim and says:
    Aunt Jannie, Scott, Steven and Melissa, We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Billie's passing. We are grateful for knowing him, he was a special person. When our father, roy passed suddenly, Uncle Billie became our rock and the voice of reason even though he was clearly suffering as much as we were. It was then we realizied what a special relationship they truly had. We trust that now Bill and roy are back together, arguing baseball and watching over us all. We have missed seeing you all during these past years. You are in our hearts and prayers always especially at this most difficult time.

  3. 19 Oct 2010
    Chris,Jenna,Rob,Marissa and Lauren says:
    To Aunt Janice, Scott, Steve and Melissa,
    We're sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. I remember Uncle Bill and my Dad always teasing each other and having fun together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Chris and family.

  4. 18 Oct 2010
    Sheryl, Quint, John, Melissa and Cecelia,Brandon, Brittany and Cameron Caldwell says:
    Dear Aunt Janny, Scott, Melissa and Steven, We're so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. We'll never forget his great sense of humor and all the fun times at your house in Chelmsford. Please know that we're thinking of you and we'll always have great memories of Uncle Billy.

  5. 18 Oct 2010
    Pam,Tony, Mark, Brian, Ashley and Tommy says:
    To Aunt Janny, Scott, Steven and Melissa, We're sorry to hear about Uncle Billy. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease us when we came to visit you in Chelmsford. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time . Love, Pam and family

  6. 17 Oct 2010
    John J. Sterner says:
    Rest in Peace, Uncle Bill from your nephew John, wife Stephanie, sister-in-law Denise and niece, Linda.

    Our thoughts and prayers to Aunt Janny, Scott, Steve and Melissa and families.

  7. 17 Oct 2010
    Denise Sterner says:
    Dear Janice, Scot,Steven, and Melissa, Bill will be sorely missed. He's now joined Roy and I'm sure he's rubbing it in about the Yankees making the playoffs and the Red Sox not! They always loved to tease each other about that.He was a great guy! Love, Denise

  8. 17 Oct 2010
    Don, Denise, Andrew, Caitlin and Dennis Sterner says:
    To Aunt Janice and Cousins Scott, Steven and Melissa, we were so sorry to hear recently of Uncle Bill's passing. My fondest memories of him involved our visits to your house in Chelmsford. I'll always remember my brother John and I trying in vain to endure Uncle Bill's incredibly strong handshake. Actually, in recent years, he insisted we drop the "Uncle" part and just call him Bill, so I will just add "Rest in Peace Bill" - we will miss you dearly.

  9. 14 Oct 2010
    Lynn Abboud says:
    The children were saddened to hear of Mr. Bill's passing. He was a beloved friend to so many Sacred Heart children. He will be kept in our prayers.

  10. 13 Oct 2010
    The Ivy Family says:
    A wonderful person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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