Lionel "Lefty" Baron, 91, passed away on March 15, 2021, at his home in Boone, NC after a brief illness surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 2, 1929, to parents William and Clara Baron of South Berwick, ME. He graduated from Berwick Academy, where he played four years of baseball and basketball. After high school, he played several years of semi-pro baseball for the South Berwick Boys Club and other teams in Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester, NH. In 1949-1950, he was signed to a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league team.

His aspiring baseball career was cut short by the Korean War. Lefty spent two years in the U.S. Army, mostly in Germany and France. After leaving the Army, he met the love of his life, Lorraine St.Pierre, when Lefty's sister married Lorraine's cousin; they married in 1953 and settled in Sanford, Maine, raising three children, all girls.

Lefty worked for many years with the youth of Sanford, ME as a pitching instructor, from Babe Ruth through high school baseball, mostly notably assisting the Sanford High School baseball team as the volunteer pitching coach for nine years. He was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. He was very proud and very appreciative of this honor.

He worked in grocery stores as a department manager all of his working life, first for Roger's Supa Dalla in Sanford, ME, then at the Wells IGA for the last 13 of his working years before retiring at age 65.

After retirement, Lefty and his wife moved to Vero Beach, FL and lived there for nine years. He remained active by playing softball and tennis throughout his time in Florida. They moved to Seven Devils, NC in 2002, then moved to Boone a few years later. Lefty played tennis four days a week at Sugar Mountain through his mid-80s. Lefty was a sociable, happy go lucky person. He had a great sense of humor which was often remarked upon by others. He was always eager to start up a conversation or joke around a little with everyone he met. Lefty loved the Boone Chick-Fil-A where he went for lunch almost every day. His family will always be so thankful to Terese and Scott and the entire staff for their many kindnesses to "Lionel" throughout the years.

The family wishes to thank Daniel Chase for his caring assistance to Lefty during the last few years of his life. Daniel's patience, genuine concern and dedication to Lefty's wellbeing is deeply appreciated and will be forever remembered by Lefty's family.

Lefty is pre-deceased by his wife Lorraine, his grandson Christopher Devoe of Cumberland, ME, his brother Adelard Baron of Somersworth, NH, and his sister Lily St.Pierre of Long Island, NY. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Linda and David Liddle of Valle Crucis, NC, Anita and Gary Barros of Derry, NH, Janet, and William Devoe of Cumberland, ME, his granddaughter Samantha Barros of Nashville, TN, and his nephew Lenny Baron of South Berwick, ME.

There will be no service at this time; a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Watauga County Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

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