First Posted: 9/2/2014
Mr. and Mrs. Robert “Bobby” Baird, of Shavertown, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. They were married on Sept. 11, 1954 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Officiating the ceremony were Dr. Pete K. Emmons, Rev. Raymond Ohman, uncle of the groom; and Rev. George Roberts, father of the bride.
Mrs. Baird attended Western Maryland College and is a registered nurse, having graduated from the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was an original founder, then coordinator and teacher for 39 years at the Trucksville Nursery School. She also taught Sunday School at the Trucksville Methodist Church for 39 years.
Mr. Baird attended Syracuse Universtiy and served four years as trumpet soloist with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. Om his return to the valley, he was associated in business with his father in the operation of Baird’s Kingston Dairy. When the business was sold, he was employed aas assistant sales manager of radio station WILK and then went on as sales manager and part owner of Radio WNAK Nanticoke for 20 years.
He was the leader of the Bobby Bair Orchestra and Dixieland Jazz Band for over 50 years. He is now affiliated with Car-Ton Advertisig and perfoms regularly with Doug Smith’s Dixieland All Stars of Scranton.
The Bairds have four children, Bonnie Baird, of Kennett Square; Robert III and his wife, Christa, Northampton; Lori Baird Solomon and her husband, Dr. James Solon, Earlysville, Virginia; and Wendy Baird, Ciolumbia, Maryland.
They are also blessed with eight grandhcildren, Geroge and Allison Domzalski, Robert IV, Attorney Bradley and Benjamin Baird, Ensign Matthew and Andrew Solonon and Adam Weidemann. Their three great-grandchildren are Riley, Brandon and Cora Baird.
The couple was honored at a gathering on Sept. 6 at Theo’s Metro Resturant in Kingston.
There will be an open house reception from noon to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 7 at the Trucksville United Methodist Church Educational Building.