John J. Bauman Jr., Pepsi employee, volunteer firefighter

John J. Bauman Jr.
John J. Bauman Jr.
Posted: June 05, 2014

John J. Bauman Jr., 59, of Lindenwold, a volunteer fireman since he was 16, died of a heart attack on Sunday, June 1, at home.

A 1972 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Bauman had worked for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Pennsauken since 1978.

Mr. Bauman was "first a driver and then in the production department," his wife, Patricia, said in a phone interview.

Before going to Pepsi, she said, "he worked for Coca-Cola for a short period."

"I told him, if he worked for Coors or Budweiser, I would have loved him more," she said, with a laugh.

Mr. Bauman began his career as a firefighter in 1970 at Ashland Fire Company Number Two - now Fire Station Four - of the Cherry Hill Fire Department.

Since 1994, he had been the safety officer with Lindenwold Volunteer Fire Company Number Two.

"I think it was his nature," his wife said of Mr. Bauman's involvement with firefighting. "He wanted to take care of people."

For much of the 2000s, she said, he was also a committee member for Lindenwold Boy Scout Troop 54.

Besides his wife, Mr. Bauman is survived by his mother, Claire Bauman, sons John III and Brian, and a sister.

A viewing was set from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 5, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, both at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, before a 10 a.m. funeral service there, with interment in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Donations may be sent to Lindenwold Fire Company Number Two, P.O. Box 866, Clementon, N.J. 08021.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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