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Charlie Anthony Baron

May 31, 1950 March 16, 2009
Charlie Anthony Baron
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Obituary for Charlie Anthony Baron

Charlie Anthony Baron, a resident of White Lake Township, died peacefully in the company of his loving family at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac on Monday, March 16, 2009. He was 58 years old. Born in Sydney, Australia on May 31, 1950, Charlie was the son of Carmel & Antonia Baron. He grew up on Detroit�s Southwest side and attended Holy Redeemer Parish with his family. Charlie joined the seminary in the 9th grade and continued his theological studies for the following six years. Following his time in the seminary, he attended Wayne State University, earning two Bachelor�s degrees in Biology & Medical Technology before beginning his career as a laboratory supervisor, lecturer and specialist in blood banking and medical technology. While working within the student teaching program through Harper Hospital in Detroit he met Karen Blazejewski, began dating and fell in love before their marriage at Holy Redeemer Church on April 13, 1985. The newlyweds made their first home in Inkster, before moving to their longtime residence in White Lake Township to raise their son, Anthony, and daughter, Mary. Following his tenure at Harper Hospital, Charlie began his position as laboratory supervisor at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in 1991, where he enjoyed many close friendships with his coworkers. His brave battle with cancer and hopes of returning to work inspired his laboratory colleagues to wear buttons at work bearing his picture.
Charlie�s brilliance was infectious. He enjoyed constant thought and discussion and utilized every opportunity to learn and teach. Charlie always avoided the path of least resistance, and would plan for any contingency. His capacity for knowledge and sharp recall was what made him such a valuable asset to the medical field. Progressive in most ways of thought, he was proud to support and guide technical advancements such as automation within the laboratory. By all accounts, he was a renaissance man. Charlie enjoyed tinkering, fixing, and repairing virtually anything, and always preferred to fix things himself. In his youth he was a talented hockey player and developed a gifted ear for music. He grew to become a wonderful musician able to play guitar in the styling of folk�s classic artists, including his favorites, Cat Stevens, Peter, Paul & Mary and Simon & Garfunkel. Charlie could also play and tune a piano. The love and passion he felt for music ultimately culminated in him being the Choir Director at the Linden United Methodist Church for five years. His love of sound & song was passed along to his wife, son, and daughter who all grew to become classical musicians & vocalists. This passing on of music is unsurprising, as Charlie was known as a man who would give any part of himself to anyone.

In addition to his beloved wife, Karen and their children, Anthony & Mary, Charlie is survived by his sisters, Grace Baron (Geoff Moran), Josephine (Swan) Jungovic, Rosemary (Pat) Mattice and his mother & father-in-law, Helen & Boleslaus Blazejewski. His numerous nieces & nephews, including Nicholas & Natasha Jungovic, brothers & sisters-in-law, dear friends, including Pete & Sue Minna and colleagues also survive.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary�s Catholic Church, 1955 East Commerce Rd., Milford on Friday, March 20th at 11AM with Fr. Ron Anderson officiating. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty, Milford on Thursday from 2-9PM and join the family for the Rosary at 7PM. Memorials may be made to the Baron Family. For further information please phone 248.684.6645.

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