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Alfred J. "Pipi"
Alfred 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 and 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 was 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; 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
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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.
Published in Toledo Blade from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012