Bruce J. Baird

October 11, 1938January 4, 2012

Bruce J. Baird 1938-2012

Bruce J. Baird, a long time resident of Pataskala, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, January 4, 2012. He was born on October 11, 1938, to the late John Noel and Lula (Fraker) Baird. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Judy, and their daughters Susan Baird, Sandra (Paul) Gundler and Catherine Baird, four grandchildren, namely Alex Baird, son of Jay (deceased) and Carol Baird, Madelyn and Sarah Gundler, and Greyson Baird. He also has one brother Charles Baird of Weatherford, TX, and nephews David Baird, Mark Baird and Tim Baird and niece Rebecca Baird Thiebaud of Texas. His cousins include Lewis Fraker, Donna Jean Stagg, Jerri Westfall, Wayne Burdette of Westerville, and Doug Burdette of Howard, Ohio. Bruce was preceded in death by his dear son Jay Noel Baird in 2005. Bruce was a 1956 graduate of Summit High School (nka Licking Heights), a 1960 graduate of The Ohio State University, and received his Masters at Ohio University. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at OSU. He taught vocational agriculture at Northridge High School and Watkins Memorial before opening his real estate office in Pataskala. Bruce served three terms as Mayor of Pataskala, is a past president of Council (Pataskala), served five years as a Trustee on the Southwest Licking Community Water & Sewer District, was a Charter member and past president of The Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce, was a charter member of the Pataskala Rotary Club and had perfect attendance for thirteen years, was a 50 year member of the Pataskala Lions Club and recently was awarded its Melvin Jones Fellow Award, was a past Elder and Deacon and life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pataskala, was a member of the West Licking Historical Society, past president and member of the Licking County Sheep Improvement Committee, past 4-H Leader, former member of the Republican Party Central Committee, served on the Licking County Aging Program Board and the Licking County Tourism Board, and was awarded the Master Shepherd Award. He was a part-time farmer, raised sheep and showed them at the Hartford Fair, Fairfield County and Knox County fairs, and Ohio State Fair. He greatly enjoyed the Hartford Fair each August, Buckeye football games, and watching his grandchildren play soccer and basketball, swim, and learn to use the Red Ryder BB guns he gave them for Christmas. He also shared his love of electric trains with his family. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, 289 S. Main Street, Pataskala, OH. The funeral service will be on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Pataskala, 405 S. Main Street, Pataskala, OH., with Rev. Dennis Whitt officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the ALS Association of Central and Southern Ohio, 1170 Old Henderson Road., Ste. 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220, the Hartford Fair, 14028 Fairgrounds Road NW, Croton, OH 43013 or the Cleveland Clinic in memory of Bruce J. Baird.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 9, 2012

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Susan Baird

May 15, 2012

My father was a great man, who will be forever missed. He was a man of honor, integrity, and love. He loved Pataskala and Licking County. He loved serving Pataskala. He loved his family and always put us first, and for that I am thankful. He taught us how to care for animals, how to show at the fair and how to be kind to everyone. He gave us a job, and wanted the best for all 4 of us. We were perfect to him, and I am blessed to have had him for my father.
I miss you Daddy. I pray that my son grows up to be as remarkable as you and Jay. I love you Dad!

Vince & Charlotte Becker

January 22, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

January 21, 2012

I remember Bruce from when I worked in Pataskala 6 years ago. It was always a pleasure seeing him and dealing with him in the community. I hated to hear of his passing. My sympathies to the family.

January 14, 2012

Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I always liked to talk to him when he was in the store. I will be thinking of you as you adjust to the changes in your life. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. God bless & take care....Linda Peck

January 13, 2012


January 13, 2012

Katherine, Judy & Family,

So sorry for your loss. Bruce was an asset to his community in many ways and we will miss him.

Bob & Rae Johnson

L. Ann Salyer

January 10, 2012

The Family Of Bruce'
Susie I know you always had something to say about your Dad when I was in the store, so my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Bruce was a gentle, fair man. A great Realtor to co-op with, he got the job done.. He will be missed by all who knew him

Sonia Kuehner

January 10, 2012

Dear Family of Bruce
My deepest sympathy . Oh how we will all miss him. He was the best broker any realtor would ever hope to have. Always teaching with a kind gentle manner and expecting the best. Bruce loved to sell a property. He worked hard all the time and always had a smile and listened to everyone. Everyday always in his office.Dedicated
He will be missed dearly
Sonia Kuehner/Realtor
Paul Kuehner

Roger/Sandi Slonaker

January 10, 2012

Dear Judy and family,
Roger and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bruce.They started first grade togather and were great friends growing up..remembering their camp outs with their pony's and all the fun things that boys do in the summer time.We remember our senior banquet and the pictures Bruce took of everyone.We remember seeing you both at Town and Country and his big smile as he introduced you as his bride to be. There are so many memories of such a wonderful caring and gentle man that loved his family and worked hard to improve his community for generations to come.May God hold you in his arms and bring peace to your heart knowing the legacy he left behind.A job well done dear friend.Love and prayers, Roger and Sandi Slonaker and family.

January 10, 2012

Want to pass on thoughts and prayers to the family. Word came from my mother and remember many positive times while growing up in Pataskala as well as having Bruce as a teacher in High School. He left many gifts to the community and touched many lives and will always be remembered. Bill Mead Victoria Minnesota