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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Harry W. Baist
January 27, 1953 - July 10, 2020


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - Gift Of Life - 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 - 215-557-8090 - Map

The following obituary was lovingly written by Harry’s family:

Harry W. Baist, 67 years old, a longtime resident of Upper Moreland, passed away suddenly on July 10th. Born on January 27, 1953 in Bethesda, Maryland, he was the son of Robert and Emily Baist. He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Joan (Dart) Baist and loving and devoted father of Steven and Brian Baist, the brother of Robert T. Baist, brother-in-law to Valerie Baist, Nancy and Donald Dixon, fun loving Uncle Harry to his many nieces and nephews, best friend as close as a brother to Phil Carliles. In addition to being a loving husband, father and friend, he was the best owner a dog or cat could ever hope for. His friends and family will remember him as a kindhearted, generous and down to earth man.

An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Upper Moreland High School, and Lafayette College, earning a BS Degree in Biology. His first job after graduation involved driving a traveling lab for Betz Lab around the state of Maine – those trailering skills would come in handy later. He went on to become an Environmental Engineer with JACA, MacTec, AMEC and K2 Engineering Firms. He had retired from K2 Environmental Consulting on May 1st, and was looking forward to enjoying this new free time.

He was a nature lover who enjoyed being active outdoors. In his younger days, he was an avid scuba diver, surfer and windsurfer, earning the nick name “Hang-On Harry” for being the last to rig a smaller sail in high wind, and the last to come in at the end of the day. He loved to travel and spent many a vacation windsurfing in Cape Hatteras, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Caribbean Islands. In the winter he traded in those sails for skis. His entire family shared his love for this sport, spending their favorite vacations skiing and snowboarding in the mountains.

He worked hard so that he and his family could enjoy a good life. His very favorite thing was spending quality time with his family. His favorite place was their lake house, on beautiful Fairview Lake. The door was always open and he was a gracious and generous host. When his windsurfing days were over, it was time for boating, sailing and anything that involved being towed behind a powerboat, setting the record for the oldest wakesurfer on the lake. He was very active in the Fairview Sailing Club, (earning more than a few blue ribbons), the Mill Pond Preserve, and the Fairview Lake Association.

He will forever be remembered for his kind, caring, gentle nature and putting the needs of his loved ones before his own.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Gift Of Life, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Due to social distancing restrictions, Harry’s viewing and funeral service were private and took place on Friday, July 17th at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Rd., Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090. A private interment followed at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004.

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