|Allen Richard Baldwin|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:41|
ALLEN RICHARD BALDWIN, age 65, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in BG.
Allen, A.K.A. "Big Al," was known by many for his big heart and the way he often gave selflessly to help others.
He greatly enjoyed good food and the company of good friends. His door was always open. He was a big personality, known to "Reserve his candor for his friends, and use it with a vengeance on his enemies."
Al was born in New Kensington, PA on October 27th, 1947 to Harvey and Ann (Renock) Baldwin. In 1964 his family moved to BG, where he graduated from high school and later earned a B.A. in History and Education at Bowling Green State University.
Al also worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Stephen M. Young and later completed his J.D. from University of Toledo Law School and was admitted to the Ohio Bar Association in 1978. For most of his career, Al worked in his own private practice.
One of Big Al's greatest passions was politics and he was a pillar of the political community for over 40 years in Wood and Lucas counties. He served on the Wood County Board of Elections from August of 1982 until December of 2010. Al simultaneously served as the Chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party, officially from 1982 through 2007, except for a one year hiatus to run for County Commissioner. He served as Vice Chair from 1977 to 1982. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party thrived and made several presidential, gubernatorial, as well as local races truly competitive in unexpected circumstances. Al also helped to bring candidates and presidents to visit his little corner of Ohio.
Al retired completely in December 2010, after working briefly for the Ohio Lottery Commission.
In addition to politics, Al was passionate about connecting individuals across international and cultural lines and that passion was channeled through his work with the Great Lakes Consortium, which he co-founded in 1999. The GLC's work continues today organizing intellectual and cultural exchanges between multiple countries.
Allen is survived by his wife, Rebecca Ferguson, and sons Benjamin Winston and Nicholas Allen; a brother, Donald Baldwin of NJ, his wife Paula and Al's nephews Trevor, Alex and Ian.
It was Al's wish to help others, even after his passing and to that end, he directed that his body be donated to the University of Toledo Medical College.
Although he wanted no service or memorial, his family has planned a celebration of the life of "Big Al" on Saturday, October 19th. This informal event is to provide an opportunity for his friends and family to share good food, fond memories and favorite stories of him.
The celebration will be held at the Simpson Park Building, at 1219 Conneaut Ave., in Bowling Green, Ohio. It will be a open house/pot luck celebration from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, with semi-formal comments given by those closest to him from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Al Baldwin/ Wood County Democrats Scholarship established at Bowling Green State University or to Bridge Hospice.
For more information please refer this website (memorialwebsites.legacy.com/AlBaldwin).
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:06|
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