Frank M. Baird, 70 died peacefully on July 4, 2018 at his home after waging a lengthy battle with brain cancer. His family was at his side. Frank was born on December 25, 1947. He was the husband of Ann Donnelly Baird formally of R.I. He was the son of the late Arthur F. and Vianna R. (Perry) Baird. Frank grew up in Oak Bluffs the 2nd of eight children. He shared many wonderful stories of growing up in Oak Bluffs on Norris Ave back in the day when houses were sparse and the woods were abundant. The family moved down to the corner of Circuit and South Circuit Ave., where Frank spent his teenage years and beyond. He attended the Oak Bluffs Elementary School and the MVRHS, class of 1966.
Frank went into the Army in March of 1967. While there he was trained as a helicopter mechanic and eventually went to Vietnam to work on helicopters. Frank excelled at his job and gained the reputation as the man you wanted to work on your helicopter. He was given many awards and citations for his work. When it was time to leave in March of 1969 he had job offers from Boeing and other prominent West Coast aircraft companies. However, he put all that behind him and returned home to Oak Bluffs. Almost immediately he started working with his brother Tim for Berube Electric. A few years later Tim, Sheila and Frank took over the company and continued to work together for close to 50 years.
Frank was known as a brilliant electrician and was well respected among his colleagues. He liked a challenge and was great at figuring out things. Frank was interested in many things, he was an avid reader from how to books to biographies, travel and history books. His favorite book was The Bible. He knew the Bible front to back and inside and out. Frank was a member and Trustee of the Duxbury Free Christian Society. He attended meetings twice a year with his son Mark and other family members. All of his children spent time going to Duxbury with Frank while growing up.
Frank and Ann married in 1981 and had their children throughout the eighties. During this time they renovated the barn on South Circuit into their family home. Frank was very spiritual, a man of truth, he had strong convictions and never worried about what others thought of him. He had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. He was a kind man who cared about people in need. He was a true Islander who still picked up hitchhikers. Most importantly he was a family man who loved his children, grandchildren and extended family.
He is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Natasha Shultz of West Tisbury, Sara (Baird) (Rob) Labelle of Torrington, Ct., sons, Mark Baird of Oak Bluffs, James (Emily) Baird of Vineyard Haven, Michael Baird of Oak Bluffs. His grandchildren, Lawrence LaBelle and Vianna Belle Baird; brothers, Timothy (Sheila) Baird of Edgartown, John Baird of Boston, Stephen (Vicky) Baird of Florida; sisters, Jean Baird of China, Faye (Jim) Macy of Oak Bluffs, Barbara (Alan) Fortes of Vineyard Haven. Frank was predeceased by his brother Richard (Rick) Baird.
He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to: Vineyard Independent Partnership (VIP) (supporting adults with disabilities) PO Box 1204, West Tisbury, MA 02575, or Island Elderly Housing, Inc., Quality of Life Programs, 60B Village Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA, 02568, or a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14 at 11:00am in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 56 Edgartown Rd. Oak Bluffs. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:30am. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard. All are welcome to a reception at the PA Club, Vineyard Ave., Oak Bluffs afterwards. Please bring a dish to share.