Alfred "Pipi" J. Baron

Born: Sat., Mar. 31, 1923
Died: Fri., Nov. 16, 2012


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Prayer Service

7:00 PM Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Tue., Nov. 20, 2012
Location: St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church

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Alfred "Pipi" Jerome Baron was invited to be with our Savior November 16, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born March 31, 1923, to Oliver and Marie Baron in Toledo, Ohio.  Al graduated from Libbey High School in 1942, where, as captain of the Libbey Cowboys football team, he lead them in two consecutive state championship, 1941 & 1942, and their longest winning streak of 36 games  in a  row.  He was 1st Team All State wide receiver his sophomore year.
    He enlisted in the U.S.Navy  his senior year, and graduated with his diploma in one hand, and his orders to report to Union Station in the other hand.   Stationed at Woodby Island, Washington, Al trained as a Blimp Air Ship Navigator.  He was then deployed to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and he held the rank of Petty Officer with Air Wing #4.  
    After the war, he hitch-hiked home from Washington to work construction in Local #886 as a mason.  Al worked for A.Bentley & Sons, The Lathrop Co., and Bostleman Corp.  He was the foreman for the Toledo Zoo Polar Bear Exhibits, the I-75 Craig Memorial Bridge, and other historical projects.  Al is the founder of General Building Products, Inc., started in 1968, providing commercial steel doors, frames, and hardware for projects such as Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Radison Hotel, MudHens Stadium, Toledo Museum of Art, Jeep Corp, colleges, schools and endless Toledo projects.
    While dancing at the fabulous Trianon Ballroom, he whispered to a friend, “I’m gonna marry that girl.”  Al married the love of his life, Charlene Houck on October 23, 1948 at the Historic St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The family enjoyed many camping adventures throughout the United States.  Charlene and Al explored many foreign countries, enjoying over 30 cruises worldwide; they spent 25 winters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, having fun with their many friends, golfing, swimming, biking, and walking the sunny beaches.
    He is survived by his 4 children:  Douglas A. Baron (Cathy),  Pamela (James) Krisher,  Glen V.  Baron, Paula (Douglas) Bass, grandchildren Dylan Bass, John Baron, Phillip (Kristina) Bass, Gregory Baron, Corey Bass, Kurtis Krisher, and great grandchildren Bianca Bass, Ava J. Bass, Jesah Bass, and Dain Bass, his sister Bernadette Frische, brother Eugene Baron, his sister–in-law Mary Jane Johnson, Mary Jane’s sons, Mike (Sharon) Gigandete and Chris Lazaris, and many nieces and nephews.
    Family and friends may visit the W.K. Sujkowski and Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, with prayers at the mortuary at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:00 a.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.  

His love is immeasurable
The encouragement manufique
A mighty pillar of granite
Enchanting a soft smile so sweet
Man with conviction
Laying a concrete path for us all
Clutching the strength of compassion
Faithful and old
The father of our family
Minister of our hearts and souls
Stands the hero of our life
The chunk of love
Acquiring his strength through innocence
In our hearts to hold.
Al’s laughter will echo in all of our hearts forever.  
He was the patriarch of our family
and will be forever loved.

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Connie Z
   Posted Sat November 17, 2012
He was a great guy! He will be greatly missed.

Chief (Ken Lewis)
   Posted Sun November 18, 2012
Glen and Phil; Al always greeted me with a smile and a firm handshake on the Saturday mornings I would visit the shop at GBP. Of course, the handshake most of the time would be a wave, for he would be up in the loft somewhere working and cleaning and getting the place organized from the prevous day or even months of materials that got either shoved here or there or was obsolete. I can see how Both of you have your work ethics and character for Al was an example that rubbed off on both of you. And it shows. I'm so thankful that I spent with my wife Debbie and Glen and Al brunch at Nazareth Hall one early winter day. It was lovely to see people come up and greet him with smiles. Al added to my life through both of you and I'm again thankful for being part of your extended family. With my deepest commiseration on behalf of Debbie and myself. Love Chief.

Debbie Williams
   Posted Mon November 19, 2012
Dear Doug, Glen, Pam, Paula, and your families. We are all so sorry to hear of Al''''s sudden passing. It is such a very significant loss to the family. We all want to extend our deepest sympathy. Also, to say to you how we felt about Al. Al''''s level of integrity, ethics and high standards thoughout his life earned him great respect and admiration from everyone who met him. He conducted his life in a way that set a excellent example to follow. Not only that, but he was simply a very, very nice man! Kind, generous, thoughtful and so very loving to his grandkids. Also for anyone in need he was so easily forthcoming and enthusiastic to give away his vast knowledge and experience. Something he had a lot of! We will miss him. We hope you can soon all gain peace in you hearts in the near future. He loved you all very much! Family of Cathy Baron. Cecil & Pansy Sayre, Bob & Debbie Williams, Dan & Nick Sayre, Joe & Corinne Abbott

Mark Lucas
   Posted Mon November 19, 2012
Al taught me some important life lessons, take pride in everything you do, and don''''t be afraid to make mistakes, it gives you a chance to prove your worth. I will always remember Al.

Gennie & Greg Gongwer
   Posted Tue November 20, 2012
Dear Doug, Pam, Glen & Paula & Families,
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the sudden passing of your beloved Father & "Pipi". He was a class act & a true gentleman. Your parents lived life to the fullest and are now dancing their long awaited dance in heaven. You are all their legacy & their love,laughter & guidance will live on in each one of you and your families.Sincerely, Greg, Gennie, Matt, Rachel & Andy.

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