Loving Father, PopPop and former Mayor.
Daniel J. Bauman, age 90, of Bloomsburg passed away peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2020 with his family by his side. He had been in failing health for the past few years.
Born in Bloomsburg on May 5, 1930, he was a son of the late Raymond and Mary (Tedesco) Bauman. He was married for 62 years to his high school sweetheart and devoted wife, Dolores “Dolly” (Jones) Bauman, who preceded him in death on April 23, 2010.
Dan was a 1948 graduate of Bloomsburg High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. After high school his father taught him the trade of plumbing and he went on to be a certified pipefitter/plumber. He worked for a short time at Merck in Danville and then went on to Olan Mathieson in Niagara Falls, N.Y. for 10 years. After returning to Bloomsburg he worked for Harrell Automatic Sprinkler Co. as a foreman and then did various jobs for Local 669 of the National Sprinkler United Association, until he retired.
After the 1972 Agnes Flood he was instrumental in forming the Fernville/Scotttown Survival Committee. He worked effortlessly for many years to get flood protection for the Town of Bloomsburg. Through his committee he became involved in politics for the Town. He served on Town Council for two terms and was the Mayor of Bloomsburg for three terms (1982-1989 and 1995-1999), also serving on many committees and boards – Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, Pennsylvania and National League of Cities, Bloomsburg Flood Authority, Luzerne County Mitigation Board, Columbia County Board of Assistance, Democratic Party Executive Board, Emergency Management Coordinator for Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg Telecommunications Consortium for Columbia County and Region, Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation, Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties Community Service Advisory Board, Columbia Child Development Program, Community Dispute Resolution Committee, Bloomsburg Revitalization and Development Corporation, Bloomsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth and Pennsylvania State Borough’s and Mayor’s Association.
During his tenure as Mayor he was instrumental in getting recycling started for the town. He was also involved with Bloomsburg University serving as founder and former Chairman of Mayor’s COG – State University Communities, Co-chairman of Town and Gown Committee, Bloomsburg University Community Task Force on Racial Equity, Two Way Street Cultural Program and the Board of Directors of S.O.L.V.E.
Dan was recognized with the following awards: recipient of the Bloomsburg University President’s Medallion, honored by the Dedication of the Columbia County Day Care Center, Outstanding Citizen’s Award of the Bloomsburg Chamber of Commerce, and awarded the Bloomsburg University Black History Distinguished Service Award.
Dan was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg and also attended Christ The King Church in Benton with his daughter. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knight’s of Columbus and a Past Faithful Navigator.
He was a devoted family man and you could always see him working in his yard. He was also a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family.
Dan is survived by his three children: Daniel (Gena) Bauman, Jr., Rocky Mount, N.C., Lee Ann (Joe) Boiwka, Fairmount Springs (Benton), Howard (Cynthia) Bauman, Lancaster County. His greatest joy was his grandchildren: Kristen Tedford, Brian Bauman, Nicholas Bauman, Matthew Greenly, Leah Chatelain, Katlyn McHenry, Bradley Bauman, and Angela Ryan. He was blessed to have time with each of his great-grandchildren: Emma Tedford, Jackson Tedford, Lauren Tedford, Ryu Allen, Mia Bauman, Mason Chatelain, Madyson McHenry, Corbin McHenry, Blakely Bauman, Ellerie Bauman, Roen Bauman, Raymond Ryan and Josephine Ryan.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Lynne (Bauman) Greenly, on April 29, 2011, his brother Raymond (Dune) Bauman and his sister Mary (Bauman) Wegrzyn.
The family has chosen to have a private viewing and a private Mass of Christian Burial with Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence officiating in St. Columba Catholic Church. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy.
Friends and family wishing to send a memorial gift may do so in his memory to St. Columba Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, Pa 17815 or to Christ The King Church, 300 Mendenhall Lane, Benton, Pa 17814.
The family also would like to thank the staff at Sunset Ridge Healthcare Center and Geisinger Hospice for their fine care and dedication. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.