December 28, 1922 – November 7, 2012
On November 7, 2012, the Warwick Valley Humane Society said goodbye to Rupert Baron, a champion of all animals, when he passed away at the age of 89 years young.
Rupert became involved with the Warwick Valley Humane Society when he was called upon by a friend to ascertain the breed of a pony at the shelter. Rupert immediately identified the creature as a goat and not a pony. Being so knowledgeable about animals, he was promptly asked to join the Society. The rest is history.
Rupert was a past treasurer and past President but nothing ever got past him. He was a lifetime member, honorary director and mentor to all of us who succeeded him. His English accented “we’re here for the animals, folks” was his constant refrain at many a meeting punctuated with a strike of his gavel. Abuse and neglect of any animal brought tears to his eyes and a fired up determination to seek justice for animal victims.
His old world charm, twinkle in his eye and quick wit were his trademarks, as were his cowboy hat and boots and his blue pickup truck. He was Santa, errand man, an active volunteer in all of our functions, our “mailman”, “recycler” and most notably, as a former CBS stage manager, experienced Director of our promotional videos of the animals from lighting, sound, content and timing. He is missed more than we can say.
His CBS tenure had him mixing with the Stars. To us he was a Star in his own right, so it was only fitting, that in May 2003, at our 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, we named a star “The Rupert Baron”, honoring his unwavering dedication. His star will continue to be our guiding light on the path of our mission.
“Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge”. When an animal dies, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge where each returns to the best time in their life and await reuniting with their loved ones. Rupert Baron has crossed Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with his horse Trigger and his wide assortment of all of his pets.
Rupert’s all encompassing love of and his compassion for all animals, wild or tame, and his passionate advocacy for their welfare are the legacies he leaves in the hearts of those of us who will never forget him.
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