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Thomas A. Baz

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Thomas A. Baz Obituary
Baz, Thomas A. 07/18/1933 ~ 03/31/2013 SAN SIMEON -- Thomas A. Baz, an executive at Cubic Corporation in San Diego for nearly 30 years, died March 31 at his home in San Simeon, California. He was 79. Family members said Mr. Baz had been ill for some time with congestive heart failure. Mr. Baz was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 18, 1933. He attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, graduating with a degree in accounting, and later became a CPA. He served in the Army, in the 3rd Armored Division. In 1975, Mr. Baz was working at Haughton Elevator in Toledo, Ohio, when he was offered a job at U.S. Elevator, at the time a subsidiary of Cubic located in Spring Valley. Mr. Baz accepted and relocated his family to San Diego, said Allan Baz, his son. At Cubic, Baz rose to become vice president corporate controller. He retired in 2004. Those who knew Mr. Baz described him as fun-loving and kind. "Everyone who knew Tom had a story - and they would always be funny," Janet Cheek-Baz, a Cubic employee whose husband Gary is Mr. Baz's cousin. "He was the biggest-hearted guy. He was all about family and friends." That included being an avid golfer for most of his life. "He loved the game of golf," his son said. "Every Saturday, he had a 7 a.m. tee time with a foursome from Cubic." "He was never a formidable golfer," said Richard Wunderle, senior vice president and general manager for Cubic Transportation Systems. "But he loved it anyway," said Wunderle, a 30-year friend who was often a member of the Saturday foursome. "He just loved life immensely." Mr. Baz, who was of Lebanese descent, also loved to cook and was known for bringing Lebanese dishes to work and to golf events. Regarding business issues, he had a reputation for hearing the facts and making up his mind quickly. "You left his office with a decision," Wunderle said. Mr. Baz was an active member of his church, Saint Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox Church in San Luis Obispo, where he served on the board. "He was their financial guy, he set the books up for the church," Allan Baz said. "He was a big part of getting that church built." In addition to his son, Mr. Baz is survived by three daughters: Diann Davidson and Laura Baz-Lamoureux, both of San Diego, and Deborah Klawitter of Huntington Beach; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by Judy, his wife of more than 50 years. A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. April 15 at Saint Andrew, followed by burial at Cayucos Morro Bay Cemetery in Cayucos, California.

Published in U-T San Diego from Apr. 12 to Apr. 18, 2013
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