George Baker, a longtime resident of Morrisburg, passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor, Winchester on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. He was in his 96th year.
George was born on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory outside Belleville and shared early life with a sister Mary and a brother Jack. On the death of their mother, they were adopted by separate families and were reunited later in life.
George was adopted by William Samuel Baker and Ethel Mae (nee Browe) Baker in the Aultsville area.
It was there he met and married Violet Shaver on April 8, 1948, in Williamsburg. George and Violet loved each other dearly and spent little time apart. They were very supportive parents to sons Ken and Garth and his family.
Although tough times in the 30’s made it impossible for George to continue in school, he had the personal drive to become a self educated man. He did well under the tutoring of Violet, first to get his license and later to take the examination to become a TV repairman. George worked at RCA in Prescott and with hydro during the construction of the Seaway. Even in retirement he pumped gas at the garage.
George was an agile athletic person who loved to tell stories of how he played hockey with Sears catalogues for knee pads. He enjoyed fishing, playing darts and bowling. His trophy case was filled with recognition of these achievements.
Remaining active in later years, he and Violet played shuffleboard and organized the competition for the Ontario Senior Games when they were held in Morrisburg.
George was a member of Lakeshore Drive United Church. Those who knew George would remark about his sense of humour, his light heartedness and that twinkle and wave. He cared deeply for his family, worked hard and enjoyed the simple, most precious aspects of life.
George was predeceased by his wife Violet (Shaver) Baker (2010). He leaves to mourn his sons Ken of Cornwall and Garth (Faye) of Morrisburg, his grandchild Jennifer (Mark Elson) Baker of Pickering and his great-grandchild Benjamin Collins of Pickering. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Wood and brother Jack Flewell.
Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home, in Morrisburg on Friday May 25, 2012. The funeral service was held in the chapel.
Pallbearers were Wayne Hutt, Dale Hutt, Mark Elson, Ricky Shaver, Randy Shaver and Brad Shaver. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown. Memorial donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged. Condolences and donations may be made at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com