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Laurier mourns the passing of former “chief” of security John Baal

Jun 21/13

Wilfrid Laurier University has lowered its flags to half mast in honour of Johann “John” Baal, who started Laurier’s security service in the 1970s and who passed away peacefully June 19 in Exeter. Baal retired from Laurier in 1994 after more than two decades at the university.

Baal immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1951 and worked at a tobacco farm in Aylmer, Ontario. Later he settled in British Columbia and worked in the logging industry for a number of years. Baal eventually came to Kitchener-Waterloo, where he met his wife Shearn and had three sons.

After many years at Laurier, Baal retired as “Chief” of Security – now called the Special Constable Service – and enjoyed the last years of his life at his retirement home in Grand Bend, Ontario. Lake Huron and the Ausable River gave Baal the opportunity to fish and enjoy the sunsets.

Friends are invited to share memories of Baal with his family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S. in Waterloo, on Sunday, June 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519-745-8445.


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