Obituary for Ernest Baird
BAIRD, Ernest McNea
March 28, 1923 – March 17, 2017
Ernest McNea Baird passed away in Burnaby, BC on March 17, 2017, 11 days shy of his 94th birthday. Ernie was predeceased by his nine brothers and sisters. Ernie is survived by Joan (nee Vaughan), his loving wife of 65 years. They were married in Cumberland, BC on August 25, 1951. Ernie is lovingly remembered by his five children, James (Sally), John (Nancy), Rosemary, David (Sharon) and Kathryn (Ivor); and by his twelve grandchildren, David (Margot), Greg (Anita), Andrew (Charne), Shannon, Elizabeth, Christina (Andrew), Nicholas (Krista), Steven (Elya), Laura, Madalene, Cecilly and Felicia; also by his greatgrandchildren, Thomas, Claire and Brynna. Born on the family farm near Nakusp, BC, March 28, 1923, Ernie was the ninth of ten children. In 1942, he joined the RCAF, and as a Lancaster bomber pilot, flew a full 30 operations in Europe during World War II. Following the defeat of Germany, he volunteered for transfer to the Pacific War against Japan, but while in training back in Canada, the war ended. With government support as a veteran, Ernie went on to earn a Civil Engineering degree from UBC in 1951. He then worked for 39 years for a number of well known Vancouver engineering firms, including HA Simons, Crippen Wright, and Acres retiring in 1990. His work included pulp mills, bridges, dams, and power houses, both in Canada and internationally. Ernie’s life centered around family. He was always eager to maintain extended family ties through visits, reunions, and his work on the family tree. Ernie enjoyed outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping and canoeing. His outdoor experience made him a skillful scout leader for many years. Ernie was active in South Burnaby United Church, the AOTS men’s group, and FairHaven Homes. He was also his neighbourhood Block Watch Captain for many years. A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church (formerly South Burnaby United), at 7591 Gray Ave. at the corner of Rumble St., Burnaby on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Brownmiller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jubilee United Church, or the charity of your choice.