Joseph Baird

Died: May 1, 2021

Joseph Baird


Joseph P. Baird, 70, of Belvidere passed away at his home on May 1, 2021 with his beloved family nearby. He was born May 29, 1950 in Belvidere, Illinois. Joe graduated from Belvidere High School, class of 1968. He married his best friend and love of his life, Diane Blake, on October 3, 1970 at First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere. They built a beautiful life together throughout these past 50 years. Joe worked for Ingersoll Milling Machine Company for several years and then went on to spend 32 years at Liebovich Bros Inc., retiring in 2015. He was also a player agent for Belvidere Youth Baseball, or BYB, for many years, handling everything from the coaches to complaints. Joe absolutely loved sports- from the Belvidere Bucs to Chicago Bears. He liked to know what was happening in and around the community. He was a great problem solver and he never forgot a thing. Joe was thoughtful and considerate of others, never wanting to be the center of attention. He was well-liked and appreciated those close to him. Joe’s wonderful traits have been passed down to his two sons who will continue to honor his legacy. His loving and caring qualities have also been passed on to his cherished granddaughter, Regan.

Joe is missed and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Diane; their sons Andy and Adam (Andrea); granddaughter Regan; sister-in-law Claudia Shamet; niece and nephew, Kim and Chris; precious puggle Rocky; and grand-furbaby Buddy, Rocky’s second best pal. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law John Shamet. Cremation rites have been accorded and events to honor Joe’s memory will be held in the future. Memorial contributions in his honor can be given in care of the family to establish a memorial at a later date. Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services has been assisting the family. To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit

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I was very sad to hear about Joey. He was super good guy. It’s tough to lose another classmate. My heart goes out to you Diane and your family. God bless you all. ❣️

Paula Phillips 2021-05-09T10:24:46

Diane, so very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep your memories close to your heart.

Sherrill Reiter-Dreibelbis 2021-05-06T22:56:06

diane i am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful neighbor to my mom and dad throught all of the years that they lived accross the street from you. May god comfort you and your boys through this very difficult time I will be thinking of you. God bless you.

tricia ploch 2021-05-06T21:12:27

Diane, I’m so sorry for your loss!! I just saw today!! I will be thinking of you my dearest friend and long time ago neighbor!! I am praying for all of u in this very difficult time! Love you!!

Laura Luckie 2021-05-06T20:45:45

May time replace your greif with treasured memories.

JULIA Fowler 2021-05-06T12:58:06

We are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Betty & Gary Blatchford 2021-05-06T08:25:05

My sweet friend, I am so sorry for your loss! My love and prayers are with you!! Hugs

Deb Sanner 2021-05-06T05:07:18

Dear Diane, Andy, Adam, Andrea and Regan;
I am so sorry for your loss. A humble man, with Diane at his side, helped to raise humble men. Know you are loved and thought of at this difficult time. God’s peace.

Kim Zierke 2021-05-05T07:39:25

Diane and family, we have great memories of Joe from many yrs ago at Washington Jr high and BHS. Always a fun easy going guy to be around. He was a perfect greeter at our 50th Class of ‘68 reunion. Joe knew every Buc who walked in the door. During his lifetimes Joe always made each person feel like they were somebody important. He will be missed. Thank you for sharing Joey Baird with the world. He led a successful life. Jim and Jean

Jim and Jean Twyning 2021-05-04T17:51:17

So sorry to hear about the passing of Joey. Great memories of our high school days together.
Wishing you and your family my best,
Ted Manley

Ted Manley 2021-05-04T10:05:36

Diane, Words can’t express how my heart is hurting for you and your family. Joey was one of a kind ! A wonderful caring man. May he soar on Eagle’s Wings. God Bless you and your family.

Jane Schuessler 2021-05-04T09:34:01

I am deeply saddened for you and the boys and family,Diane. May you keep each other strong during this time . Joe was a wonderful man and will be watching over you from above always. Prayers and Hugs..

Diane 2021-05-04T08:25:37

We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

Mike & Debby Keating 2021-05-03T22:25:31

Dear Diane and Boys – So very saddened to see this tonight. Joe was a great man and an asset to this community. So enjoyed my time working with him at BYB. May your memories keep you close till you meet again. With deepest sympathy and love – Kathy and Family

Kathy M Mechler 2021-05-03T21:40:17

Diane we are so sorry for your loss!! We are sending hugs and prayers for you and your family 🤗🤗❤️❤️

Chris, Midge, and Paul 2021-05-03T20:47:13

Dear Diane and Andy and Adam,
We are so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always such a great supporter of kids in our little town. Many, many people are better for having known him. May your memories bring you blessings and may Joe rest in the loving arms of his Lord.

Sue & Dan Holmes 2021-05-03T20:45:07

We are so sorry to hear this Diane , such a huge loss for you and your children . May your memories bring you comfort in this difficult time . Sincerely Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay

Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay 2021-05-03T20:13:19

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s Passing. My sincerest heartfelt condolences to Diane and Family. May you find Love, Comfort and Peace during this difficult time. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers.

Terry Walker 2021-05-03T19:48:11

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. My sincerest heartfelt condolences to Diane and Family. May you find Peace, Love and Comfort during this difficult time. You are in my Prayers.

Terry Walker 2021-05-03T19:44:50

I am very sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with and for the family.

Alvin(Skip) Peters 2021-05-03T18:01:11

Diane and family my condolences for your loss! I never had th opportunity to meet Joe but I know if you chose him to spend your life with he must have been a special man. Hold on to all your happy memories and he will remain close to your heart ♥️

Diane Tripp McCollom 2021-05-03T17:49:15

Diane, sorry to hear about Joe. It’s tuff losing another Buc team mate. Prayers to you and boys! RIP Joe

Dick/Jill Countryman 2021-05-03T17:48:45

Diane, prayers for you, your boys, your grand daughter and family. May God comfort you as you mourn your loss of Joe. He was a great man and friend to so many. My thoughts and prayers will continue for you all, and may all the great memories that you shared over your lives together flood your memory. Love you my friend. ❤️

Mary Moore 2021-05-03T17:41:41

Love and prayers for you and your family! So sorry to hear about Joe’s death. I didn’t know him well but I know you both were well liked by my mom and dad. God’s blessings!

Sharon Kazort 2021-05-03T17:40:17

Not only a good classmate, but a genuine good person. Always a great time sitting next to him and his wife at Bucs football games! So glad we got to talk at the last reunion! God bless his family as they go through this trying time.

James Jacobs 2021-05-03T17:28:31

Diane and family, so so sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of Joey, from high school to now. Keeping you in my prayers.

Don Sell 2021-05-03T17:02:35

Diane, we are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing! He was always such a wonderful guy to all he knew and met! Prayers for you and the boys!! Bless you all!!!!

Wes and Pat Dobbins 2021-05-03T16:53:36

So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers with you throughout this difficult .

Rhonda Grimes Snearley 2021-05-03T16:41:20


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