Horst G. Baier

March 27, 1924 ~ June 19, 2018 (age 94)

Horst G Baier was born March 27,1924 in Berlin Germany. He was conscripted into the German Cavalry during World War II at the age of 17. Following the war, he moved with his wife, Paula (Dietenberger) Baier, to Brantford Ontario Canada where he was president and one of the founding members of the Sonnenhof German Canadian Club.


In 1955 Horst was recruited by the Ford Motor Company to work as a Tool and die maker. In the United States he was able to realize his boyhood dream and became the proud owner of a horse farm in Novelty Ohio. There he and Paula raised their two daughters.


After Paula's death he traveled the world for more than 20 years with his longtime partner Dorothy Davies Gregg. His love of life and people made him many lifelong friends throughout the world. In his later years Horst published his autobiography A Long Road to Citizenship with the help of his daughter Marlies Gibson and Cousin Hedy Herrick.


Horst died June 19, 2018 at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Juergen Baier; his wife Paula (Dietenberger) Baier and daughter Astrid; and longtime partner Dorothy Davis Gregg. He is survived by his daughters Claudia Barton and Marlies Gibson; son-in laws Thomas Barton and Michael Gibson; grandchildren Alicia Barton, Anna-Laurie Barton, Jacqueline Barton True and Michael Horst Gibson; and great-grandchildren Lyla Muraoka, Thomas Muraoka, Theodore True and Parker Griffiths and longtime friend and companion Emma Kallage.  A celebration of his life is planned for the summer of 2019.

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