James F. Baird III, 65, husband of Lorna (Sheeler) Baird, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville. He loved and adored his family and grandchildren.
Born in Reading, he was the son of the late James Baird Jr. and Nancy (Bause) Osterman. He graduated from Owen J. Roberts high school in 1972. He then served in the U. S. Navy for 6 years during the Vietnam conflict and was involved in the evacuation of Saigon.
James worked in the HVAC industry as a service manager, and for Sodexo as a maintenance director at the Renaissance Academy, Valley Forge College and Valley Forge Conference Center. James also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed dressing up as Santa Clause for children for many years and loved making people happy. He was a Big Brother and a past Deacon at St. Peter’s Church in Knauertown. When his son was young, he enjoyed participating as his assistant baseball coach. James had an enormous love for animals (many of which he rescued) and loved gardening of any kind.
Surviving along with his wife Lorna of 40 years, are his children Shannon C. Baird, of Media, and Dr. James F. Baird IV, husband of Jennifer of Mullica Hill, NJ; brothers Jeffrey Baird and Jon Baird; and grandchildren Mackenzie Baird and James F. Baird V.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter’s UCC (1920 Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465) with Rev. John Colle officiating. Burial will immediately follow at St. Peter’s UCC cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brandywine Valley SPCA (1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380) or to the Salvation Army (137 King St, Pottstown, PA 19464) in James’ name.

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