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Dartmouth Funeral Home

230 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth, MA

OBITUARY

William H. Baumann Jr.

October 27, 1946May 20, 2020

William Henry Baumann Jr., or Billy as he was known by those who loved him, passed away peacefully on May 20th with both of his sons at his side. A brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, friend, veteran and salesman, Billy was quick with a smile and an avid conversationalist on many subjects, particularly wine, sports, fishing, birds, and life in general. He loved talking to people, regardless of where he was or whether he knew you. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to laugh and make others laugh with him. If you laughed with Billy, you had a life-long friend.

Born at the height of the Baby Boom on October 27, 1946 to Rita (Flynn) and William H Baumann Sr. in Pasadena, CA, he was raised in Holyoke, MA, the oldest of four siblings. He served as an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church and was a member of both the varsity track and field and football teams at Holyoke Catholic High School.

Billy, like many of his generation, served his country as their fathers had before them. He enlisted as a Navy SeaBee in 1967, completed a tour of duty in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in November of 1968. He returned home and, using the GI bill, attended Holyoke Community College and Westfield State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1972.

It was while working at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA that the stars aligned and he met the love of his life, Jane (Donaldson) Baumann. They were married and soon had two sons; Benjamin in 1976 and Erik in 1978. They would have many adventures together. A lover of the ocean, Billy and his family could often be found on Martha’s Vineyard, fishing, swimming, boating, reading, socializing, and just goofing around. And it was with his family, all together, that Billy was truly his happiest.

He loved music and would loudly serenade his sons out of bed after making their lunches, ensuring they would not be late for school. He was an accomplished air guitar player and could often be found jamming out to his favorites songs.

Billy was a father and husband first, but could also sell sawdust to a lumber yard. A top performer for several printing companies, he earned several accolades including Salesman of the Year in 1991, 1995, and 1998 for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses, USA.

He is survived by his sons, Benjamin Baumann and his wife, Ceniya Palmer-Baumann and her three children, of South Dartmouth; and Erik Baumann and his wife, Carly Baumann, of Fairhaven; granddaughters Daisy and Sylvia; sisters Katherine Fenton and Alice Hogan; brother Peter Baumann; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Monica O’Donnell and his loving wife Jane Baumann.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date to allow friends and family to gather safely and honor his memory. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

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Gail Lyonnais

May 31, 2020

Ben and family,
I am sorry for your loss.
Sending prayers your way.
Sincerely,
Gail Lyonnais

Jeanne Moriarty

May 30, 2020

I have treasured memories of my uncle full of love and laughter that will last a life time. He was the first one up and out the door, back with coffee and bagels ready for the waking sleepyheads. He and Jane always had an open door and houseful of welcomed guests. He worked hard to provide his family a loving comfortable life as close to the beach and water possible. I think that was his unspoken answer to his question - yeah but what’s it all for? He could work the room with his intoxicating humor, charm and intellect; a gift he bestowed to both his cherished sons. His love for his family was unyielding and the bond between the four of them is as pure as love can be known. He and Janer are together again so I find peace in that; hopefully on their own private beach collecting shells and sipping grape sodas.

With love and sympathy-

Jeannie

JoAnn Kendrick

May 29, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Erik, Ben and their families. As a family, you went above and beyond to keep your Dad safe and part of your lives. It was a challenge you conquored together with endless, true Baumann love. A task, that any parent would be proud to claim. My heart goes out to all of you. As I did for your Mom, I will throw a heart stone in the ocean in memory of your Dad.❤️

Kerri Miller

May 29, 2020

Dear Benny, Erik & Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. There are so many great memories I have of him. I'll never forget his laugh, his great dance moves and yes, his amazing air guitar performances! He was a great man, always kind to me and he will be missed. May the wonderful memories you have of him & the great moments you shared together comfort you during this time. Hugs.
- Kerri (as Billy called me, Carebear)

Frederick M. Kalisz Jr

May 28, 2020

Ben & family: Please accept my condolences on your Dad's passing. It certainly is difficult to accept but when complicated as it is with the Pandemic, the University's challenges running parallel with the same and the economic forecast you may wonder to yourself how do you get through it. Falling back on our PoliSci experiences a senior national political figure when speaking of death of family reminds us that the tears of today are replaced by the smiles from memories tomorrow. Know that your Dad, family and yourself are in my prayers at this difficult time. "Dr. Fred"

John Coukos

May 28, 2020

I had the honor of working with Billy in the mid 80’s at Apollo Computer. For the 3 years that we worked together, I spent most of it rolling on the floor laughing because Billy’s sense of humor. We quickly became best of friends and shared many wonderful, memorable times together.

Yes I am very saddened by his passing, but am uplifted by his spirit and the incredible memories of all the fun times that we shared. Billy was and always will be one of my best friends for life.

My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Benjamin Baumann

May 28, 2020

Wayne Williams

May 28, 2020

Ben, Eric

I remember many years ago, when I first met your dad. I thought he was really cool with me.
I plan to carry those memories forward, and remember your dad in that light.

Please accept my deepest sympathy for both of you as well as your families.

May God bless you with comfort, and peace, during this time of homegoing.

Lisa Briere

May 28, 2020

Ben and Erik,

I was saddened to hear this news. Mr. Baumann, as I will always address him, was one of a kind. I remember him fondly while spending time at your home on Cricket Drive. That home was a haven for me. That was all because of Mr. and Mrs. Baumann's acceptance and understanding. I am forever grateful for the kindness and guidance I received from all of you. It's not very often that you meet an entire family that leaves an imprint on your life. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

BEDFORD VA

May 26, 2020

I am sorry to learn of William’s passing and wish to express our deepest sympathy on behalf of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital at the Bedford VA Medical Center. William’s was such a terrific patient and friend of the VA. I know that we have a lot of friends here who join me in sending sympathy to you and your family. We are sorry to have lost such a good friend. We are saddened to lose such a loyal and committed patriot. Please accept our condolences to you and your family for your loss. Sincerely, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital at the Bedford VA Medical Center. Patient Services; Decedent Affairs and Commitments.

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