BAKER, William C. "Bill" 80, of Clearwater, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 at home with his family by his bedside. Born in Kinston, NC, he joined the Navy in 1951. He graduated from NC State with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. In 1983 he moved to Clearwater. He retired from the City of Clearwater as City Engineer & Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director. Among his achievements for the city was the design of the new Sand Key bridge and the re-design of Harborview Center. He later went to work for Florida Design Consulting and for the Tampa Aviation Authority. Before his health declined he was the City Engineer & the Assistant City Manager for the City of Safety Harbor. He has been a member of Clearwater First Assembly of God Church for 30 years, served as a deacon and loved teaching Sunday school. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barbara Baker; 2 daughters, Abby Baker Capaz of Fredericksburg, VA, Laura Menendez of Tampa; son, Ronnie Workman of Maiden, NC; brother, Don Baker of Franklin, NC; 3 grandchildren, Caleb, Larysa & Lauren. His family will receive friends 10 am, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at First Assembly of God, 1739 S. Martin L. King Avenue, Clearwater. The funeral will begin at 11 am. Bill will be buried with full Military Honors at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign Bills guestbook and share a memory at www.VeteransFuneralCare.com.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 26, 2013