Will O. Baum, 100, passed away on April 1, 2019 at his home in Brooklyn. His funeral service will be held at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, on April 25th, 2019 at 6pm.
Mr. Baum was born on Arbor Day on April 25th, 1919 in Inwood, NY by Jan and Isaac Prescott. He grew with the Prescott Family and son Marvin. Will-O, as his friends called him, was a pillar of his community… literally. In his spare time, he liked to feed the birds, photosynthesize and sunbathe with his best friend Marvin. “Will-O loved helping kids reach new heights and see new perspectives. He also pined for the changing of the seasons… except for winter. Christmas always freaked him out.” According to friends, Mr. Baum tirelessly spent his entire life fighting against deforestation and was saddened by the state of the environment.
A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Baum made a lot of green saving the lives of humans around him. He worked as shade provider for most of his 75-year career, although his final work was as a toilet paper supplier. Mr. Baum is survived by his daughter, Willow, and preceded in death by his honey, Bee. His family and friends paid tribute to him, “Will O. was cut down in the prime of his life. He was at times stoic, firmly rooted when he stood his ground - but his bark was always worse than his bite. Will O. will be sorely missed.” In lieu of cutting flowers for bouquets, donations can be made to Trees.org