Virgil Robert “Bob” Baird was born September 18, 1925 and died peacefully on March 16, 2020. Bob lived and thrived during his long, active, and fulfilling life. He grew up in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago; son of Virgil and Saddie (Bakkers) Baird with his brother, Roger Baird.
His love and appreciation for learning and education led him to receive an electrical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology which he used to practice as a professional electrical engineer for Powers Regulator and Underwriters Laboratories for 62 years before retiring at the age of 84.
During his working time he met, fell in love, and married Ruthanne Abbott of Woodridge, IL at the Hotpoint Appliance factory in Cicero, IL. Together they had three children; William, George, and Carolyn. His children’s individual accomplishments brought Bob great pride.
Bob found his energy from his family, his work, being prompt and his strong faith. He was always someone to be full of energy and ready to be around people; he did this through his memberships and participation with the Boy Scouts of America-where he was the scout master of Troop 80 for many years, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Kiwanis, St. Peter’s Church council, teaching electrical classes at Triton Jr. college in the evenings and spending time with family and close friends. Bob loved to be with others and have social gatherings.
His passions were well known by the people around him. He had a love for walking, studying, playing the piano, and a very active sweet tooth, especially for chocolate. Bob was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago teams. He was able to witness many Bulls Championships, multiple Bears games (even in the most frigid weather), and loved sitting in the bleachers at many Cubs games.
His life was blessed with 2 granddaughters, Chelsea and Abby who he valued time with deeply playing games, solving puzzles, and going on walks. He was always a source of laughter and light to his family.
Bob lived a long, happy, fulfilling life. He was gentle, kind and most definitely funny. Anyone who knew him was aware of how passionate he was about everything he did. His life may be over, but his eternal life is only starting. We will hold our memories of him close to our hearts.
Bob was the beloved husband of Ruthanne nee Abbott; loving father of Carolyn (Karen Heart) Baird, George Baird and William Baird; father-in-law of Cindy Baird; proud grandfather of Chelsea and Abigail; brother of Roger (Bonnie) Baird; and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church St., Elmhurst are pending. Private interment Naperville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, 415 N. 2nd St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com. hide