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John Baines

July 26, 1946 — April 7, 2024

John Patrick "Pat" Baines, Sr., 77, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was born on July 26, 1946, in Oak Park, IL to John "Norman" and Catherine (nee Hayden) Baines.

While attending Arlington High School, Pat met the love of his life, Mary (nee Clough). The two were married on July 15, 1967, and would have celebrated 57 happy years together this year. Together, Pat and Mary raised four children and were blessed with four grandchildren. Being their Grandpa was his greatest joy.

Pat's career as a funeral coach salesman spanned over 30 years. In 1995, he accomplished his dream of becoming a business owner by co-founding Baines Professional Vehicles with his son, John.

Pat loved watching Cubs games with his wife; and most other Chicago sports long as they were winning. He and Mary enjoyed their many trips together to Door County, Wisconsin. As a member of The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, Pat found inspiration through his service with P.A.D.S, a local homeless program. He also valued the friendships he formed while attending the church's Men's Club.

To know Pat Baines was to be a friend of Pat Baines. He relished his friendships, many of them lifelong, and the strong relationships he formed in the funeral industry as well as his church community.

Pat is survived by his loving wife, Mary (nee Clough); his children, John (Tracy), Elizabeth, Julie (Eric) Unger, and Daniel (Amy); his grandchildren, Riley Baines, Charlie and Lyla Baines, and Chloe Unger; his siblings, Matthew (Christie) Baines, Catherine (John) Kappus, Mary Westre, and Michael Baines; his nieces and nephews, Whitney (Michael) Hutchings, Mackenzie Baines, Justin Westre, Alycia (Matt) Crespin, James Kappus, Bernadette Kappus, and Ryan Kappus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Catherine Baines, and his in-laws, Herbert and Goldie Clough.

The family would like to thank Pat's team of doctors for their compassionate care during his illness, especially Drs. David Charman, Ami Badami, Marcus Quek, Steven Kanter, and Ramji Rajendran.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, and from 11:00 am until time the time of his funeral service at 12:00 pm, Monday, April 15, 2024 at The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 East Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60074. Procession from The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 1:30 pm proceeding to Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2501 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL, 60004 for 2:00 pm Committal Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to American Cancer Society (, or to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (

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