Cary News: Obituaries

Guy Edward Baddick

Guy Edward Baddick passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at WakeMed Apex surrounded by his family. Guy had just celebrated his 70th birthday in September. Guy grew up in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Marian Catholic in 1960. The day after graduation he joined the Navy where he served three years on several air craft carriers including the USS Independence as a radio man during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After the Navy, he began his computer IT career at GAC where he met the love of his life, Linda Baptiste. Guy and Linda were married August 6, 1966. They lived in Allentown, PA and after a transfer to Miami, FL their first child, Gregory was born in 1971. Three daughters followed (Christine, Kelly & Jamie) and the kids kept their lives busy after a move back to Allentown. Guy was very involved in his children's lives. He oversaw the youth baseball program in Allentown and taught his kids' teams. Guy's other passions were the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies sports teams. There wasn't a game he missed, either on the radio, tv or live at the ballpark. Computer Associates eventually moved the family to Chicago in 1988. Guy's four children graduated from high school in Illinois and he enjoyed visiting them on their college campuses especially for sporting events. In 1996 an opportunity with Computer Associates moved Guy and Linda and their two younger daughters to Cary, North Carolina. There he spent the last few years before retirement on the golf course. He owned his own Phillies red golf cart to cruise around Prestonwood Golf Club. He made many new friends at the golf course and even got some of his 11 grandchildren out there with him. The highlight of the year for his family was their annual trip to the beach. Papa loved to have the grand kids bury him in the sand and swim out in the ocean and jump over the waves holding their hands. Their favorite traditions were the afternoons when Papa bought dozens of Carolina blue crabs and enjoyed a feast with his family. The kids and grand kids surrounded him at the table all trying to get a piece of meat from a crab he cleaned. More importantly, the kids all wanted to learn to be just like Papa! Papa was kind, patient, loving, level-headed, silly, devoted, and ALWAYS saw the bright side of any situation. His four children; Gregory Baddick, his wife Alla and their two kids; his oldest daughter Christine Kinney, her husband Jeff and their four kids; his daughter Kelly Baddick, her husband Brad and their three kids and his youngest daughter Jamie Donovan and her two children have all gathered in Cary to celebrate "Big Guy's" life. His younger brother, and only surviving family member, Joseph Baddick and his wife Sheila are traveling from Mohrsville, PA to be with the extended family during this time.

A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 12 noon at the Prestonwood Country Club. Please join us for a time of fellowship while we celebrate the angel he was to us during his 70 years and will continue to be forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are greatly appreciated for an educational fund for his grandchildren. Donations can be sent to, 11 Hearts of Guy "PAPA" Baddick. C/O Wells Fargo Bank, 998 High House Road, Cary, NC 27513.