John Baumes

John M. Baumes

Friday, February 15th, 1963 - Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
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John M. Baumes, 56, of Auburn, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 23, at home following a brief illness.
John was a life resident of the Auburn area. He was a graduate of Auburn High School, Cayuga Community College, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering at Syracuse University. He was formerly employed by Allied Chemical, Rhone-Poulenc Pharmaceuticals, and retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb, following 26 years of service.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, an accomplished gardener and talented artist, who enjoyed music and spending time with family and friends.
John is survived by his wife of 33 years Nancy (Speck) Baumes, his son Steven Baumes and daughter Katie Baumes. Also surviving are his parents Martin and Mary Sweeting Baumes, siblings Mark (Lisa Hart), Ellen Baumes, Paul (Terrie), Susan (Brian) Curry, his aunts Betsy Sweeting, and Mildred Bondy. In addition he is survived by his brothers-in-law Dr. David Speck, Arch Priest Dr. Michael (Julie) Speck, his nieces Moira Curry, Barbara and Christina Speck, nephews Daniel and Gregory Baumes, Braeden and Ethan Curry, Michael and Peter Speck , several cousins and his faithful friends Bear and Holly.
He was predeceased by grandparents Martin and Frances Baumes and James and Minerva Sweeting.
Funeral services for John will be at 9 A.M. Wednesday from the Plis Funeral Home, and 9:30 A.M. in St. Nicholas Church. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Half Acre.
Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 4 to 7 P.M. with Panihyda Services at 6:30, at the funeral home, 220 State St., Auburn.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the St. Nicholas Church Renovation Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Plis Funeral Home, Inc. Auburn
    220 State Street
    Auburn, New York 13021
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 9:30am
    Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
    30 Cross Street
    Auburn, NY 13021
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Nicholas Cemetery
    West Genesee St. Rd
    Auburn, New York 13021
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William Ashley

Posted at 12:12pm
My condolences to the entire Baumes family. I knew John from Bristol. What I remember most was each time I saw him he had a smile on his face, as if he was up to something. That wasn't that case. It was simply a reflection of his happy and easy going nature. I hope wonderful memories you have of John will help to ease your loss. Travel well John.

Patrick Flannery

Posted at 08:54am
I had the privilege and honor to work with John in the Bldg.75 complex on anti tumor medicine.John was a excellent coworker and a pleasure to work with. Whenever we had an issue he was always there to assist us in that problem solving. He had a keen sense of humor and truly enjoyed music especially the band RUSH who we as a group collectively went to see at the New York State Fair. I would of attended the wake, but unfortunately I am just hearing this. My condolences to the entire Baumes family.

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Barb Root

Posted at 04:57pm
My condolences to the Baumes family. John was a truly valued work (BMS) colleague of mine for many years. Valued not just for his professional competence and skills, but perhaps more importantly, his character. A good man.

Sue Boettger

Posted at 02:50pm
My sincere sympathy to Nancy, Steven and Katie, and the rest of the Baumes family. I enjoyed working with John at Bristol-Myers Squibb for over 25 years. He weathered a number of organizational changes with grace and completed many projects under technically demanding conditions. No matter how busy he was, John always made time to talk with his colleagues. And he was a great source of Dr. Who trivia! He will truly be missed.

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