Linwood Maines Baer Jr.

November 20, 1935October 2, 2013
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Linwood Maines Baer, Jr., 77, of Swansea, passed away October 2, 2013 after a long, brave struggle with heart disease. Born in Fall River, on November 20, 1935, he was the son of the late Linwood Maines Baer, Sr. and Ellen (Buckley) Baer.

He attended Coughlin Elementary School in Fall River and at the age of ten he and his family moved to Swansea. He was a graduate of Joseph Case High School, class of 1953 and Bradford Durfee Technical Institute, now UMASS Dartmouth, class of 1957 where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

He served in the Unites States Army for three months in the Critical Skills Program. He then went to work in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport working directly on submarines. He provided technical services starting with working on the U.S.S. Nautaulus, the first nuclear submarine for six months and was responsible for the installation of the Cruise Missile on several submarines in the late 1980’s. He was the recipient of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Over a wonderful 38 year career he traveled extensively, assumed increased responsibility, and retired as Department Head and Comptroller in 1993.

An incorporator of Bay Coast Bank, formerly Citizens Union Bank, he was a former member of the Finance and Advisory committee, the Cedar Cove Club, and the Cole’s River Club all in Swansea . An active member of Christ Episcopal Church, he was a Vestry Member, both a Jr. and Sr. Warden. He was an organizer for their annual Harvest Festival and obtained the advertisers for the Harvest Festival Newspaper for 20 years.

Linwood leaves behind his loving wife Shelby (Violette) Baer with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in May with his four children and nine grandchildren. He is survived by a son David of Swansea, a son Douglas and his wife Cynthia of Cranston and their children Lindsey, Dylan, and Charlie, a daughter, Susan Zeitler and her husband Eugene of Sherman, CT, and their children Shae and Olivia, a daughter Cheryl Rohrer and her husband Timothy of Pittsford, NY and their children Katie, Ted, Jack, and Hugh.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and enjoyed sailing, skiing, tennis, and golf over the years. In retirement he enjoyed traveling and wintering in Naples, Florida with his wife. He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, and many friends.

His Requiem Eucharist will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00AM in Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main St., Swansea. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardner’s Neck Rd. Swansea. Contributions in his honor may be made to Christ Church, 57 Main St., Swansea, MA 02777. Burial in Christ Church Cemetery.



  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Requiem Eucharist Saturday, October 5, 2013


  • Burial

Linwood Maines Baer Jr.

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October 9, 2013

Cheryl.....just heard of your dad's passing.....that explains why we have had trouble keeping in contact recently.
I will send positive thoughts your way now.
George McVey

Pam Babij

October 8, 2013

Oh, Cheryl, Tim, Susan and your entire family, We are so sorry to read of your dear dad's passing. Please know we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. With much love, The Babij Family, Pam, Bruce, Bruno and Stefan

Baltimore, MD

Frank and Florence Gray

October 5, 2013

Frank and I met Linwood at Cardiac Rehab. Frank so enjoyed speaking with him. He was a very nice gentleman. May he rest in peace. And May sweet memories fill your hearts and souls in the days ahead.
Frank and Florence Gray

Chris & Kiki Steger

October 5, 2013

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

October 4, 2013

I am thinking of you all. Great photo gallery. Hugs to you Cheryl
Mary McVey
Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Fred Buck

October 4, 2013

So sorry to hear about the passing of Lin. I worked for Lin at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I. Lin was a kind individual, a true gentleman, and a good friend. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve&Sandra Ouellette

October 4, 2013

Rest In Peace, Lin. You were a good and decent man. My condolences to the Baer family......

Bob Kittredge

October 4, 2013

Lin was the best and without peer. He will be missed immensely by all who knew ,worked and laughed with him through the years. Love and prayers to all the Baer family.

Lou Bisci

October 4, 2013

We cannot feel life's losses without first feeling the blessings of its fulness. I know my like was better for having known Lin. Bette and I will miss our times together.

John & Carol Giblin

October 3, 2013

We will miss you, Lin. We had lots of fun and crazy times in the good ole days. It was so good to talk to you a few weeks ago. John really appreciated the call. Our love and prayers to Shelby and all the family.