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In Memory of

Baird Ray Wonsey

February 17, 1926 - November 18, 2016

Obituary


Baird Ray Wonsey passed away on November 18th 2016, the week before Thanksgiving. He was 90 years old, and was living full time at Windsor Meade - a beautiful assisted living facility. He is survived by David and Joanne Wonsey, his son and daughter-in-law. A memorial service and interment will take place at Bruton Parish in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 12:30 pm, followed by a reception celebration of his life.

A loving husband, devoted father, responsible provider, good neighbor, and a great friend, Baird was born on February 18,...

Baird Ray Wonsey passed away on November 18th 2016, the week before Thanksgiving. He was 90 years old, and was living full time at Windsor Meade - a beautiful assisted living facility. He is survived by David and Joanne Wonsey, his son and daughter-in-law. A memorial service and interment will take place at Bruton Parish in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 12:30 pm, followed by a reception celebration of his life.

A loving husband, devoted father, responsible provider, good neighbor, and a great friend, Baird was born on February 18, 1926 in Marine City Michigan, to Ray D. Wonsey and Marguerite Baird Wonsey. His parents moved around a bit as his father Ray pursued his passion as a pilot in the brand new aviation industry, ranging from Barnstorming tours in his own "open cockpit Jennie" to flying Mail routes between New York and Boston, to one of the first commercial pilots for American Airlines. Baird moved from Michigan to New Jersey, then to Texas, graduating High School in Fort Worth. Immediately enlisting, he did a tour in the Pacific with the Merchant Marines before joining the Navy. After WWII, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in engineering and started a 40 year career with Shell Chemical (a division of Shell Oil) working several positions including sales, tank inspector, and environmentalist. While at USC, Baird met Marie Debois Tudor. They married April 5th 1952, and started a family raising two beautiful children Marguerite and David. Always the devoted husband, after 58 years of marriage Baird lovingly sang "Fly Me to the Moon" at Marie's bedside as she flew away from us in 2010.

A real "people person", Baird was always quick with a joke or story. Even as his neuropathy limited his ability to walk, it did not limit his social life as he could be found rolling his way to every corner of Windsor Meade, chatting with a new friend, or comforting an old one. He loved and rarely missed the social functions and religious services, and especially enjoyed the weekly Men's Group lunches. His interest in helping others is apparent as he, and Marie, both donated their bodies to scientific study. He continues to be loved by many and will be missed by more.