by Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ – October 2, 2014 – Robert M. Baggitt Sr. of Allentown, NJ, a longtime horse owner and a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association Board of Directors since 1985, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. He was 81.
Baggitt was on the owner, finance, pension and special events committees of the SBOANJ. For many years, he co-chaired the SBOANJ’s golf outing, which each year raised money for the horsemen’s benevolent fund.
It was through his wife of 54 years, Sandra, and her father, driver-trainer Larry Powers, that he was introduced to harness racing. His son, Bob Jr. and nephew, Jack Baggitt Jr. are both horsemen.
Baggitt joined the Navy and served on a destroyer from 1951 to 1956 and worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone for 37 years, starting as a lineman and retiring as a repair supervisor in 1991. For many years he was a school bus driver in Upper Freehold Township while his wife oversaw their 12-acre farm in Allentown, NJ, which is called O-No Acres.
Funeral Home Obituary:
Robert Mount Baggitt, Sr., 81 of Upper Freehold Township died Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Jersey Shore University Hospital, Neptune Township. He was born in Freehold and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He served in the U.S. Navy of the Korean War serving from 1950 to 1956.
He was a line foreman for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, Freehold where he was employed for 36 years before his retirement in 1991. After his retirement he was a school bus driver for the Allentown School System.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 54, Freehold, the Tin Can Sailor Association, a member of Colts Neck Fire Company No. 1 from 1960 to 1980, and a founding member of the Colts Neck First Aid Squad. He was a member of the first group of officers to serve in Colts Neck Township Police Department, a Colts Neck Little League coach, and Boy Scout Leader in Colts Neck.
He was a 34 year member and director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and a member of the U.S. Trotting Association.
He was predeceased by his parents, William C. and Angela Mount Baggitt; a sister, Ann Baggitt, his brothers, Jack Baggitt and wife Joanne and William Baggitt; and brother-in-law, Arthur Smock.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra Powers Baggitt; his children, Robert M. Baggitt, Jr. and his wife Christine, Ellen Cunningham and her husband Michael, Larry Baggitt and wife Tina, Timothy Baggitt and wife Kelly, Nancy and husband Robert Fitts; two sisters Rosemary Smock and June Higgins and her husband Larry; his grandchildren, Tyler Baggitt, Erica McDonald, Logan and Connor Cunningham, Alessandra, Lauren, Christina and Riley Baggitt; and Bob J. and Jesse Fitts; great grandchildren Ella McDonald and Rylee Fitts; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be held at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center Street, Freehold on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold on Monday at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. IN lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.