NILES - Dr. Henry Baron, 89, of Niles, was a man of strong character whose life came to full circle on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
Born Jan. 26, 1925, in Sharon, Pa., to parents Joseph and Helen Zobroski Baron, he attended Sharon High School, and after graduating went on to study at Youngstown State University, majoring in pre-med.
After finishing his bachelor's degree, he was accepted into a graduate program at Chicago College of Optometry, where he obtained his doctorate degree.
Dr. Henry Baron
While living in Chicago during the Big Band Swing era, he played saxophone at various nightclubs, including the famous Pump Room.
After finishing graduate school, he returned to Sharon, Pa., and opened his own private practice on Oakland Avenue. During his long career, he was president of the Farrell Wolves out of Farrell, Pa.
In 1964, he had the honor of fitting President Lyndon B. Johnson with bifocal contacts, which he wore during a televised speech to the nation on Oct. 18. During his career, he also fitted such celebrities as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson of "The Tonight Show."
Dr. Baron also was an avid sports enthusiast, and a big fan of the Cleveland Browns and the local Niles Red Dragons. He often fitted the football players with lenses when they were coached by Tony Mason.
In 1973, Dr. Baron received his first soft contact lens patent issued from the U.S. Patent Office out of New York. During this time, he traveled throughout Europe teaching fellow opt-ometrists the proper techniques and procedures for effective contact lens placement.
On July 28, 1981, he married Julia Lamonge of Niles. During their long marriage, they traveled frequently around the United States and abroad. They resided in Niles, where they enjoyed raising their two sons.
Surviving Dr. Baron are his wife, Julia of Niles; his sons, Alan Baron (Brenda) of New Mexico and Eric Stambaugh of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as his daughters, Jacquie Eubanks of Florida and Renee Zamary of Sharon, Pa. He also left behind seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, along with his niece, Adrianna Lamonge Mayes (Adam) of Warren, whom he held dear to his heart.
He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by his family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles with the Rev. John Michael Lavelle officiating.
Material contributions can be made to a charity of one's own choice.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles
Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.