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Harold Joseph Baird
Harold Joseph Baird, age 73, beloved husband of Martha Watt Baird died December 22, 2020. In addition to his wife, he leaves several cousins.
Hal, as he was known, worked at SNET for twenty-six years. His hobbies included sports, music, and announcing.
He sang with the Stratford United Methodist choir, the Oratorio choir of the First Congregational Church Stratford, and the Stratford Sister Cities chorus.
He was in radio for almost twenty-one years, holding announcing positions at WNAB Bridgeport, WICC Bridgeport, WPSB Bridgeport, WADS Ansonia, WSCR Hamden, and WNLK Norwalk.
He also served as public address announcer for the New Haven Nighthawks ice hockey team, the New Haven Knights ice hockey team, the Connecticut Coasters roller hockey team, the Stratford Brakettes softball team, and the Connecticut Classics softball team.
He was an officer on the Sterling House Community Center council and was music chairman of the Stratford United Methodist Church.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stratford United Methodist Church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited capacity for the funeral service. Please contact the church office (203-375-5851) by Thursday, December 24th at 1 p.m. if you plan to attend. The service will be livestreamed on YouTube. The link will be available on sumcct.org. Burial will immediately follow at Long Hill Cemetery in Trumbull. To offer the family online condolences, please visit www.dennisanddarcy.com



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Published in Connecticut Post on Dec. 23, 2020.
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January 8, 2021
We cherish and celebrate decades of Hal's loyalty and service to Sterling House. We are all sending Martha and the family our sincerest condolences. Peace and Love, The Team at SHCC
Amanda Meeson
Friend
January 5, 2021
My Condolences to his Wife, family and friends. He will surely be missed.
Ernest Turner
Friend
January 3, 2021
I’ve known Hal since the early 1980’s. He was a pleasure to work with and always made you laugh. His radio voice was wonderful to listen to. He officiated at my wedding in 2015; something he always wanted to do should I find the right one. Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences.
Bob DeVito
Friend
December 29, 2020
Condolences from Lordship Community Church on behalf of the pastor and members. We thank Hal for the many times he filled in to play piano at services. Our thoughts are with Martha.
Lordship Community Church
December 29, 2020
I was fortunate to sing with Hal in the Stratford Sister Cities Chorus. It was always wonderful to hear his resonant voice, either singing or announcing. He is truly with a choir of angels now!
Michelle Morgan Herb
December 28, 2020
My wife and I were very sorry to see Hal's obituary. I worked with him for many years at the Nighthawks games. I knew him as a kind, gentle man who was very down to earth. His voice was ideal for his job as the team's public address announcer, too. We've now lost several of our friends and colleagues from those nights at the NH Coliseum. I have nothing but fond memories of those evenings and the many laughs we all had with each other as we worked in our various capacities, in my case as a reporter. Rest in peace, Hal. George Geer, Derby
George Geer
Friend
December 26, 2020
Martha, I am so saddened to read this about Hal. Very fond memories of you both, from bowling (loved his gobble, gobble, gobble when one of us got a ‘turkey’), to dinner at your home, to Hal playing “wake Up Little Suzy” the following morning on WNAB. Ran into him while he was announcing the Stratford High School girls soccer game (my daughter on opposing team). As soon as I heard that voice, I knew instantly it was him. May he Rest In Peace and you find comfort during this time

Sue Jones Lombardi
Friend
December 26, 2020
Hal's narration of the Stratford Sister Cities Chorus concerts is legendary. It was a pleasure to sing with him for so many wonderful years. No doubt a Heavenly choir has recruited him for his many talents already. Heartfelt condolences to Martha from Lani and me.
Rosemary Martin Hayduk
Friend
December 26, 2020
We are so sorry to learn of Hal's passing, unfortunately we couldn't attend the service. Hal's voice was the "Voice of Stratford", and we will miss him every game and special event. He was always first a gentleman, a good friend, and a wonderful person. Our condolences to Martha and the family.
Pat Patusky Stephanie Philips
Friend
December 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara Piaty
December 24, 2020
So sad to hear of Harold's passing ...thoughts and prayers are sent to all his friends and especially to Martha !!! Rest in peace Harold.
Dale Targowski
Family
December 24, 2020
Hal had a beautiful voice which he shared with the Elderberries for several years. He will live on through the memory of his voice. Our sympathy to Martha.
Mary Grosso
December 24, 2020
Hal, you and Martha were wonderful volunteers at Sterling House. We had a lot of fun especially at our tag sales. Can never forget Buck a Bag.
Susan Koperwhats
Friend
December 24, 2020
My condolences to Martha and family. I worked with Hal at SNET for many years. He was a very nice man. RIP Hal.
Mary Kelly
December 24, 2020
We were terribly saddened to hear about Hal. He was a kind and gentle soul with an incredible voice, lovingly devoted to Martha. I’m sure he is already organizing and adding his voice to the chorus of angels in heaven above. May God bless you Martha, and continue to hold you and all who loved him in his warm embrace.
Mark, Alexandra and Austin Baird
Family
December 24, 2020
I was saddened to learn of Hal’s passing. I have many fond memories of conversations with him, Martha always by his side. May you find strength and comfort in knowing how much he touched people’s lives. ,Aretha, hugging you from a distance.
Debbie Gilbert Taylor
Friend
December 23, 2020
Hal was a great guy. He was very mild mannered, but had s great sense of humor. I am so sorry to read of his passing. Rest in peace brother. God bless.
Foster E Ryan
Friend
December 23, 2020
Hal was such a sweet man and I enjoyed working with him. I will always remember our love of ice hockey and his announcing for the NH Nighthawks. RIP Hal. My condolences to Martha
Debi Witkowsky
Coworker
December 23, 2020
I worked with Hal at SNET for years, he had a love for life that most people could only dream of. He was passionate about everything he did. Hal had an amazing voice, but his big booming laugh and bear hugs is what I will remember him most for.
Nancy Jennings
Coworker
December 23, 2020
A wonderful voice has been added to God's choir! It was wonderful to call you a friend and I will continue to pray for Martha and the rest of your family.
Stephen Pavlich
Friend
December 23, 2020
Martha, I keep you in my prayers, Hal, is a wonderful friend, now with our Lord, again Martha Hal is now with our Lord and always in our hearts.
Mark Tenay
December 23, 2020
So sorry to his wife martha. Always said Hi to him at the Brakette game. somtimes sent him the lineups in the press box . A Great Guy he will be missed. R.I.P.
richard space
Friend
December 23, 2020
I had the honor to work with Hal during Brakettes games for several years. A very funny and nice man with an amazing voice. My condolences to Martha and the rest of his family
Ilan Woll
Friend
December 23, 2020
So sorry for the loss of Hal, I so enjoyed listening to him sing. My deepest sympathy to Martha and his family. He always had a story to share. Peace .
Deborah Salsman
December 23, 2020
Dear Martha: My sincere and deepest condolences on the passing of your dear husband Hal. He will be sorely missed around the church as he has left an indelible mark on it with his spectacular voice, presence, and love. I can still hear him saying "This is my church!" May you find solace and peace in the coming days ahead, knowing that he will always be in your heart.
Mary Jane Fast
Coworker
December 23, 2020
I will miss you my friend. Thanks for the music! "Wish I could see the angels faces when they hear your sweet voice sing."
Barbara DeBiase
Friend
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