Baird Sr., James William, Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at his home. Age 78 years. Son of the late William E. and Edna (Boyer) Baird, James was born October 14, 1936 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Barbara J. Jex on October 1, 1960. She survives him. James retired from Michigan Bell and Butler Telecom. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, a Lay Minister at Holy Spirit Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and Shields Lions. James coached Carrollton Knothole baseball, basketball at St. Josaphats, an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Notre Dame and loved to golf getting three holes in one. He was also a member of St. Josaphats Ushers Club, past president of St. Josaphats and Novel Catholic Central Athletic Association. Surviving besides his wife Barbara are his daughter and son, Kimberly Ann Larson, James W. (Sunny) Baird Jr. and his girlfriend Carrie A. O’Toole; his grandchildren, Randy and Lisa Larson, Stacey and Alexander Ebenhoeh; four great -grandchildren, Isabella Larson, Joshua Larson, Octavian Ebenhoeh and Maximus Ebenhoeh; his sister, Nancy and Robert Frawley; sister-in-law, Claudette Baird; many nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by two daughters, Jill Ann and Wendy Sue Baird, one son Mark Baird, two brothers, John and Bill and Fran Baird. A special thank you to Thomas Township Fire Department, MMR, doctors in Ann Arbor and Dr. Blair and Covenant HealthCare Cooper Staff. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3 p.m. Tuesday and a Vigil Service will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.