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BAIRD, Victor Allen

October 4, 1951 – December 18, 2012

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Victor A. Baird, formerly of Perth-Andover, NB on December 18, 2012, after a courageous battle with liver disease.

Victor graduated from Southern Victoria High School in Perth-Andover, NB, received his BA at Mount Allison University and his B.Ed. at the University of Calgary. He was a career Elementary School Teacher with the Calgary Board of Education where he made many lasting friendships. He retired in 2008. Victor enjoyed his extended family as well as his summer and Christmas visits home in New Brunswick. He was an Anglican and a committed Christian. He was also an ardent sports fan and loved his beloved Red Sox and the Calgary Flames.

Victor is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Frances and Warren DeMerchant; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Linda, Alfred and Charlene, Jim and Linda; half sisters and a brother-in-law, Vicki and Doug Skinner and Pam Baird; as well as special cousins, Dawn Bishop and Vicki Gregory, and other cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces. Victor was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Robert Baird and a sister-in-law Marilyn.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Family Graveside Service will be held at a later date at the Larlee Creek Cemetery, Perth-Andover, NB. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Victor’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. We wish to thank the Doctors and Nurses at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary and the University Hospital, Edmonton for their excellent care, and we also appreciated the visits and comfort from Victor’s many friends.

In living memory of Victor Baird, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Loretta Armstrong :

    Sending deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Victor. I worked with Victor for 11 years at Guy Weadick and he became a good friend. He was genuine, honest, kind and always willing to share his great ideas and resources. He truly loved working with children and spent hours finding and creating interesting activities for his students. I will miss him.

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  2. Bye to cousin, Victor-
    When I was about 11 years old, Victor was kind enough to lend me many of his LP’s. He introduced me to Mama Cass, the Beatles, Hermin’s Hermits and many other fine groups that I cherish today. Thank you for the Music! You never know how much someone means to you until they are gone. Eric

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  3. What a fine man and what a loss! I taught with Victor for several years , at Bowcroft Elementary, at that time deemed to be a ‘high-needs’ school. There may have been chaos in the lives of many of our students but, within his classroom, Victor offered security, consistency, caring and respect for each and every child. Whether they are now young or older adults, each person who went through his classroom was touched and imprinted in some way by his values. That is his legacy.

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  4. Victor was my friend and colleague at Guy Weadick. His moving forward with his plan to teach everyone to read is now moving forward as he teaches all the little ones who are in heaven. His patience and sense of humor were and are second to none. I was lucky to have shared life with this beautiful spirit who loved children so much and loved books just as much. I will miss you Victor and though I cry I realize that not much has changed. Keep smiling. Love to you and all those who will remember with wonderment of Mr. Baird. love, Marsha

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  5. Bernard Baird :

    To all Victors siblings. My family’s deepest condolences in this sad time. It was our pleasure to know and love Victor, looked forward to his visits and already miss his presence.
    Sincerely
    Bernard&Merilyn
    Cameron&Melanie and children
    Douglas&Etsuko

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  6. Victor was a kind and gentle man, with a quick wit and tremendous generosity. He will be missed by many.

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  7. Winni & Harvey Kohls :

    We feel privileged to have known Victor as a colleague & a friend. He truly was a kind & gentle soul who cared about others. Victor always enjoyed a chat & a good laugh. Our condolences go out to all the family.

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  8. Carol and Lionel Groves and family :

    My special friend Victor – the world will not be the same without his gentle spirit and manner, his love of and for family, friends and children. We will miss our chats, laughs and his unique chuckle. Mr. Baird has made a huge difference in the lives of so many, children and adults alike. We send our condolences to everyone in Victor’s family.

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  9. Linda (Smith) Giddens, Mt. A. '73 :

    I share in your sadness for Vic’s death. I can’t stop thinking about him. May the passage of time help us through this rough patch.

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  10. Peter Hicklin :

    I never knew a kinder nor more honest person than Victor throughout our undergraduate years at Mount Allison. I have no doubt that his kindness and generosity shined brightly throughout his years as a teacher as they did on a daily basis at Mount A. The MtA class of ’73 will celebrate its 40th reunion in May and his memory will be with many of us throughout that gathering. Miss you Vic! With sincere condolences to his family, friends and many colleagues.

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  11. I am so sorry to find out about Vic’s passing. He and I had our first teaching experience at Harold W.Riley in the early seventies. I remember how excited he was to go home for the summer holiday. He came back with a little present for each of the staff. During the next twenty-five years our paths kept crossing in the East Area. He was a good person and a fine friend.

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  12. My deepest condolences to Victor’s family and relatives. May he rest in peace!

    Sicerely,
    Ted Rafuse, Friend and Colleague

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  13. Laurie Harris :

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Victor was a wonderful teacher to work with over the years. He will be missed.

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  14. Heydon Mctaggart :

    MR.Baird was my teacher for grade two and three back in 2000-2002, he taught me many things and took us on many fieldtrips to the zoo or science centre even the deanes house. But most of all he showed me how to be kind to others. He paid for my spot in the mad science program he had after school hours where I learned how to make cola and cotton candy and so much more. He made school fun for me the two years he taught me and I’ll never forget him
    And his kindness.

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