With profoundly deep sadness and heart break we announce the passing of John “Jack” Thomas Bald on September 23, 2021 at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, ON.
Jack is survived by his daughter Lisa Monague and his 2 grandsons; David and Tristan. He is also survived by his stepson Michael Hamelin (Honore), step-granddaughter Taylor Hamelin, nephews; Daniel Bald and John Bald (Deb), niece Lisa Murrison (Todd) and their children; Rachael and Wesley Murrison, Ethan and Nicole Bald. Jack will be fondly remembered by his many cousins, friends and his “adopted family the Nicholsons.
He was predeceased by his wife Alma Bald (nee Garroway), parents Marius Bald and Flore Ada “Florida” (nee Moreau), brothers; André and Doug Bald, as well as his very dear close family friend Lawrence Currie who began his journey to Spirit on September 19, 2021.
Jack was the youngest of the 3 boys and was born in Penetanguishene. Right from an early age he had an insatiable curiosity for learning and reading about history, science and human behaviour. He especially enjoyed learning about the history of the Penetang/Midland area. He truly was the epitome of someone with a head full of trivia and knowledge and that passion to learn did not decrease with time.
At the young age of 17, he left home and hitch-hiked to Toronto after hearing from his older brother about employment opportunities on the freight ships. He began working by shoveling coal for long hours and over time he studied to obtain his 3rd/2nd Marine Engineer Certification. He enjoyed sailing on the Great Lakes, meeting people, hearing stories from his ship-mates and exploring the various ports. After 41 years of sailing, he retired and returned to Midland.
Jack met his only child, Lisa and his grandsons for the first time in 1995 in Calgary, AB. They very quickly established a deep connection and bond for one another and spent time building their relationship as a family that included traveling to a few places. His new family became his pride, joy and priority.
He was an avid poker player, loved card games, playing pool and golfing with his “chums” and continued well into his retirement years. He loved walking every day he could, especially going to meet with friends for coffee and to visit. He was thrilled to meet new people and share stories about his sailing days and his many adventures. Reading books, watching documentaries, sports and news were all also a daily ritual. He never missed an opportunity to golf with Lawrence or play bingo with his cousin Judy. His love for the Midland/Penetang area remained deeply imbedded right until his final days. He was with his family in Calgary 2 weeks prior to his passing. His daughter was with him in his final moments, with her hand placed over his heart until the last breath, knowing he was very much loved.
Jack’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes buried next to his beloved Alma. A Celebration of Life will be planned for the spring of 2022, followed by a private family ceremony at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Penetanguishene.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in his honour.