Conrad Edward Haas Sr.

Published 9:37 pm Monday, September 17, 2018

Conrad Edward Haas Sr., age 82, died in Suffolk on Sept. 16, 2018, from pancreatic cancer. He was born in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 15, 1935.

His parents, Edward and Frances Haas, are both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie Brock Haas, and their four children: Gretchen S. Walzl and her husband, Kerry Walzl, of Alexandria, Conrad E. Haas Jr. and his wife, Cathy Smith Haas, of Suffolk, Michael T. Haas and his wife, Carrie Schaber Haas, of Pinehurst, N.C., and Angela Haas and her spouse, Tracey Meier Haas, of Raleigh, N.C.

His grandchildren include Bram Walzl, Austin Walzl, and Emily Wazl; Brandy H. Coombs and her husband, Eric, Jonathan Haas, and Jennifer Haas; Isabel Haas; step-grandchildren, Clay and William Schaber. His great-grandchildren include Geritt Coombs, Zaccary Coombs and Sammuel Coombs. He is survived by his sister, Ann Haas Wuest, of Williamsburg, and her children, Dawn Wuest Thrasher and Kara Wuest.

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Conrad Haas graduated from Chuckatuck High School, 1953; with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech, 1958; and a Master of Education in higher and adult education from UNC-Chapel Hill, 1973. Over the years he was a farmer and later was employed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture, Planters Peanuts, Corning Glass International and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham, N.C., 1995, after 25 years as director of corporate training and development.

He was an active member of St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church in Suffolk, Chuckatuck Ruritan Club, American Society of Training and Development, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Greater Chuckatuck Historical Foundation and United States Croquet Association, among other organizations, holding various leadership offices. He retired from the Virginia Army National Guard and Ready Reserve with the rank of captain.

Conrad viewed himself as an ordinary person. While active in sports and games, particularly six wicket croquet, he enjoyed life with curiosity in a wide variety of things, such as being with his family, learning his faith, reading, music, traveling, stamp collecting, walking and helping others.

A funeral will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, 202 S. Broad St., Suffolk, with Father Emmanuel Mensah officiating. Burial will be private at a later date in Newman Memorial Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Church Foundation Homes and Services Foundation/Outdoor Recreational Park at 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences may be offered at

The family would like to thank Sentara Cardiology Association of Norfolk, Dr. Michael Abu-Absi, Interim Hospice and Dr. Pramod Malik.

He would say, “While the worst many of us have is wonderful, may peace and justice come to the least among us sooner than later. Think about it and do something!”