Obituary from Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute of Birchcrest:
Linwood Maines Baer, Jr., 77, of Swansea, passed away Oct. 2, 2013 after a struggle with heart disease.
Born in Fall River Nov. 20, 1935, he was son of the late Linwood Maines Baer Sr. and Ellen (Buckley) Baer.
He attended Coughlin Elementary School in Fall River and at the age of 10 he and his family moved to Swansea. He was a graduate of Joseph Case High School, Class of 1953 and Bradford Durfee Technical Institute, now UMASS Dartmouth, Class of 1957 where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
He served in the Unites States Army for three months in the Critical Skills Program. He then went to work in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport working directly on submarines. He provided technical services starting with working on the U.S.S. Nautaulus, the first nuclear submarine for six months and was responsible for the installation of the Cruise Missile on several submarines in the late 1980's. He was the recipient of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Over a wonderful 38 year career he traveled extensively, assumed increased responsibility, and retired as Department Head and Comptroller in 1993.
An incorporator of Bay Coast Bank, formerly Citizens Union Bank, he was a former member of the Finance and Advisory committee, the Cedar Cove Club, and the Cole's River Club all in Swansea. An active member of Christ Episcopal Church, he was a Vestry Member, both a Jr. and Sr. Warden. He was an organizer for their annual Harvest Festival and obtained the advertisers for the Harvest Festival Newspaper for 20 years.
He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and enjoyed sailing, skiing, tennis, and golf over the years. In retirement he enjoyed traveling and wintering in Naples, Fla. with his wife.
Linwood leaves his wife Shelby (Violette) Baer with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in May with his four children and nine grandchildren. He is survived by his children David of Swansea, Douglas and his wife Cynthia of Cranston, Susan Zeitler and her husband Eugene of Sherman, Conn. and Cheryl Rohrer and her husband Timothy of Pittsford, N.Y.; and his grandchildren Lindsey, Dylan, Charlie, Shae, Olivia, Katie, Ted, Jack and Hugh.
His Requiem Eucharist will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main St., Swansea. Visiting hours will be held Friday 4 to 7 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, 189 Gardner's Neck Road, Swansea. Burial in Christ Church Cemetery.
Contributions in his honor may be made to Christ Church, 57 Main St., Swansea, MA 02777.