On February 15th, 2009, Celine S. Baird fell asleep in death at the age of 85 at her residence at Creekside Landing.
Celine will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years, William; her sisters, Norma Fletcher and Jean Reed and families; her children, Heather (Howard) Koons, Charles (Beverley), Alan, Keith (Joan), Elizabeth (Harold) Jugandi; her grandchildren: Kim, Kyla and Kristi; Roxanne & Ashley; Sean & Allison; Jocelyn, Michael & Alex; and Christopher, Jason & Tyler and her many great grandchildren and friends.
Celine was the youngest of four girls and grew up in O’Leary, P.E.I. When she was 16 years old she moved to Montreal and found employment as a nanny for the Seagram’s family. When the war broke out, she enlisted in the Air Force where she met her husband William and was married in 1945.
Celine was always a spiritual person, as a young girl of four she would read the Psalms out loud in her mother’s Sunday school class. In her teens, while reading an old Bible she had found in a trunk – she saw the name Jehovah and what impressed her most was that it said that he was the true God! She read that Bible daily which gave her comfort and hope. But she still searched for answers.
In the fifties, she received a letter from her sister, Norma – saying ‘Stop looking Celine – I have found the truth’. She never looked back – she dedicated her life to Jehovah in New York City in 1958… and she believed what the apostle Paul wrote in Galations 6:9….”not to give up in doing what is fine, for in due season we shall reap if we do not tire out.” Celine put her trust in that promise, and is now sleeping in death, along with her granddaughter Tatiana Jugandi, awaiting the resurrection to life on earth under a righteous rule by Christ Jesus.
The family appreciates the care given her by Dr. Chris Cunningham and all the staff at Heritage Square (Diane & Terry) and at Creekside Landing, (especially Benneza, Andrea, Valentina and Cynthia). A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall (West) of Jehovah Witnesses on Mission Road on Thursday, February 19, 2009.