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John J. Baran Jr., retired chief of Lackawanna Fire Department Aug. 14, 1934 -- April 6, 2007

John J. Baran Jr., who served as chief of the Lackawanna Fire Department for almost a decade, died unexpectedly Friday in his Lackawanna home. He was 72.

Born in Yonkers, Mr. Baran moved to Lackawanna with his family as a boy, and lived in the same house throughout his life. He was a graduate of Lackawanna High School and served in the Army, and for two years was stationed in Germany.

In 1991, Mr. Baran retired from the Lackawanna Fire Department after 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was chief. His grandfather, John T. Quinn, served as Lackawanna's fire chief in the 1950s.

Mr. Baran worked two jobs simultaneously. In 1970, he also retired from the Erie Lackawanna Railroad after 20 years.

He was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Basilica and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Known as "Chief" throughout the community, Mr. Baran was generous to family members and friends alike, according to a niece, Karen Gilbride.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Lou Gilbride; and a brother, William J.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. Prayers will be said at 9 in Colonial Memorial Chapels, 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

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