Lester Baum of Ellington, beloved husband of 57 years to Devra (Newberg) Baum, died suddenly on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
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The son of the late Samuel and Rose Baum, he attended the University of Connecticut, where he later became a recipient of the UConn Alumni Association Jorgensen Award and the University of Connecticut Outstanding Contribution Award. He was also a two-term president of the UConn Club and a member of the UConn President's Athletic Task Force and the Athletic Advisory Committee. He was president of Farmoil Inc., now Farm Car Care Center in Rockville, and a veteran of the Korean War. He was a politically active citizen who was devoted to his community. Among his many accomplishments, he was the 1978 campaign manager for Sen. Christopher Dodd; the 2nd Congressional District coordinator for President Carter; Vernon Democratic Town chairman from 1975-85; member of the Vernon Board of Tax Review; member of the Board of Directors of Hockanum Valley Community Council; past chairman of the Rockville Redevelopment Commission; member of the Advisory Board of South Windsor Bank and Trust; member of the Planning and Growth Committee at Rockville General Hospital; and Rotary Club Man of the Year. He was a member since 1959 and past treasurer of the Ellington Ridge Country Club, where he was often found debating politics with his golf buddies. He loved all pets, and they loved him back. He rarely missed a game of UConn men's or women's basketball, of UConn soccer, nor, much to the dismay of his Red Sox-adoring family, the New York Yankees.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Marjorie Cion of Westport, and Michael Baum, and his wife, Deidra, of South Windsor; eight grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander, Nicholas, Katherine, and Benjamin Cion of Westport, and Abby, Molly, and Samuel Baum of South Windsor.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the University of Connecticut Student Union Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Baum Grandchildren Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut or to a
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home in Vernon is caring for the arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2014