Fred Baron, 79, of Largo, Florida passed away Dec. 31, 2012, survived by his wife Elaine and two sons, Rick and Brian.
Fred was born March 27, 1933, in Detroit, Mich. to Richard and Erna Baron. They moved to Milford, Mich. in 1945 where he attended Henry Ford Trade School. He was Class President and graduated Valedictorian, then served a four-year apprenticeship as a mechanical designer.
In June of 1953, he married Elaine Ellis and moved to Allen Park, Mich. Their first son, Rick, was born a year later on Oct. 15. Fred served two years of active duty stationed at Fort Knox with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division, as a tank commander and German interpreter while stationed in Germany.
In 1957, they moved back to Allen Park where their second son, Brian, was born on June 17, 1958. He went to work for the Ford Motor Company and built a home in Wolverine Lake, Mich., but soon left Ford to work for Master Design.
In 1967, they moved to Belleair Bluffs, Florida, working for Tampa Bay Engineering, but started his own business, Sun Coast Design, Inc. a year later.
In 1995, he sold his company to Bovie Medical where he continued to work because he loved his job – it was his passion. As a Mechanical Engineer and Manager at Bovie, he was able to travel the world.
Fred was a much loved father and husband who not only taught his sons how to hunt and fish, but also a wonderful set of morals and ethics to live by. Fred was an entrepreneur, inventor, mechanical engineer, machinist, private pilot and a pioneer in scuba diving in the late 50s and 60s. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA.
A memorial service will be held at Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at noon.