Bereavement Notice,Pump Operator John Joseph Sauer Sr. Engine 58.

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    David Franz

    It is with much sadness that the Baltimore City Retired Fire Officers and Fire Fighters Association announces the passing of Pump Operator John Joseph Sauer Sr. Engine 58.
    Fire Department Service 26 Years 11 Months 29 Days
    On Retirement 40 Years 11 Months 16 Days
    Retiree Association Member 38 Years 4 Months 11 Days
    Age 95 Years 4 Months 11 Days

    Sorry for the late notice but we were just notified!
    John Joseph Sauer Sr., age 95, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Catered Living in Ocean Pines MD. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Louis Sauer and Bernadette McGonigal Sauer. He is survived by his children Regina M. Cusson and her husband John, John J. Sauer, Jr. and his wife Debbie, Mary Rose Hueg and her husband Donnie, Joan M. Campbell and Jeffrey M. Sauer and his wife Sharon. He was an adored grandfather to Jonathan, Benjamin, Christopher, Kate, Eric, Billy, Christina, Nathan, and Ryan and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Preceding him in death was his wife Joan Couzens Sauer, and his brother Louis Sauer.

    Mr. Sauer was a decorated World War II veteran who participated in the D day invasion of Normandy and was wounded at Omaha Beach. General Eisenhower personally awarded to him the Purple Heart. He helped liberate the prison camp at Nuremberg, Germany. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the Bronze Star for Heroism, the French Legion of Honor Medal and other medals and awards. Following his military service, he was a firefighter in Baltimore City for over 30 years.

    He retired and moved to Ocean City where he was an usher and active member of Holy Savior Parish. He served in a volunteer capacity for many organizations. He was an active member of American Legion Post 166 for 30 years. He served as the American Legion Color Guard Captain for 18 years, was designated as Color Guard Captain Emeritus and was inducted into the Color Guard Hall of Fame. He was elected Commander of the Purple Heart Society in both Maryland and in Delaware. He served as a member of the Disabled American Veterans organization and was an officer of the VFW Post 8296.

    Other volunteer activities included serving as president of the Ocean City AARP organization, as an active member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree and the Hibernian Society. He raised funds for building Atlantic General Hospital, where he served as a volunteer for many years, and for the Ocean City flag monument in Northside Park. He organized feeding the needy by enlisting the aid of local grocery stores and many volunteers.

    He was fortunate to reside at Catered Living, Ocean Pines in his final years where the devoted staff developed great affection for him.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 11:00 AM at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. Father William Mathesius will officiate. Interment will be at a later date, private for the family. A reception for friends and family will be held immediately after the service at Holy Savior. A donation in his memory may be made to: St Mary’s Star of the Sea Restoration fund or the John J. and Joan Couzens Sauer Endowed Nursing Fellowship Fund at the UConn Foundation, 2390


    Thank you for your service to our country and department.

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