'Father' of car and boat show dies at age 80
John Baines was committed to service and giving back to the community.
And his death last month was felt throughout Lake Oswego and beyond.
Baines died Dec. 18 at 80 years old and was a loving husband, father and grandfather who devoted much of his time to volunteering locally.
Baines hailed from Portland and earned his bachelor's degree in 1961 from Claremont McKenna College. He began his successful real estate career as a commercial leasing agent with Norris Beggs & Simpson in 1970. Two years later he created The Gilley Company with four of his colleagues before it expanded and was sold to Cushman & Wakefield In 1981.
He later obtained his contractor's license and followed that passion full-time for five years before returning to real estate in residential homes and land sales.
During his lifetime, Baines also served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps and was involved with several service organizations.
The Lake Oswego Rotary was a part of his life for more than 30 years.
Baines served on the Rotary in different capacities throughout the years and he co-chaired and chaired the Auction & Lobster Feed twice, and founded the idea of corporate sponsorship to donate funds to pay for the auction.
Rotary member Peter Glazer said Baines was a creative man and found a major sponsor for the large white tent that's used for the Lobster Feed venue and the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.
"He was a wonderful Rotarian," Glazer said. "He was a great community volunteer, a very generous man and a great professional in his field, which was real estate."
The Rotary presented Baines a Vocational Service Award in 2008 for professionalism in his career and his contribution to the community.
Baines also volunteered on the Oswego Heritage Council for more than 15 years, where he notably created the Collector Car Show while he was president of the council in 1999.
The event eventually grew into The Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show, which Baines chaired or co-chaired for most of the years through 2016.
"Even after he stepped back from the chairman position in 2017, he remained a huge supporter of the event," said Nancy Niland, who worked with him on the Oswego Heritage Council. "I will remember John as a true gentleman and beloved leader in our community. He was kind, sincere and truly cared about OHC. He will be sorely missed."
For the 2017 Car Show, the Best of Show Award for the car was changed to The John Baines Award. In 2018, Baines received the Outstanding Service Award from the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for his more than two decades of service for the Oswego Heritage Council.
For Glazer, he will always remember Baines' smile and the "magnificent contributions" he made to the community.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin; reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to support The Oswego Heritage Council's Heritage House at www.oswegoheritage.org.
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