PITTSFIELD - On Feb. 23, 2014, William Joseph "Bill" Baker peacefully left us to be reunited with his daughters Kathleen Baker and Julie Giera, his parents Frederick and Ann (Carey)Baker, his brother Frederick Baker, several cherished relatives and numerous friends, both human and animal.
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Throughout his lengthly illness, he was lovingly cared for and comforted at home by his wife Margaret and daughters Ann Baker and Susan Baker LePage.
Bill was born in Allston, Mass, on Dec. 1, 1934, and his family moved to Southboro, Mass., in 1950. He graduated from Peter's High School in 1953 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard shortly after graduating.
In the interim, he, along with his brother Freddie, were scouted and were granted try-outs with the Boston Red Sox, where he met and pitched to Ted Williams. Pitching for the Red Sox was a dream of his since his childhood job of delivering papers to the team's players and hanging around Fenway Park. The New York Yankees also expressed interest in him but as a loyal Sox fan, he considered that blasphemy and he never considered their offer. He played ball for the Coast Guard team, and upon his discharge married Margaret on Nov. 23, 1957, and they settled in Marlboro, Mass.
Bill was a Teamster truck driver for many years, a member of Local 633. He worked for P.I.E.,GRAF and Willey's Express.
In 1972, the family moved to Pittsfield, where they purchased Glen n' Glade Campground. In 1989 he retired from driving and ran the campground full time. True to his Irish heritage he was never at a loss for words - his gift of gab and storytelling gained him literally hundreds of friends - and he worked his jaw as heartily as his hands. The scores of families that camped there over the past 42 years are left with many good memories, and his legacy will live on in them and in plenty of humorous stories about "BakerBill."
An avid snowmobiler, Bill was a member of clubs both in New Hampshire and Vermont where he maintained a family vacation home specifically for that purpose. His circle of friends grew there, and he thoroughly enjoyed time spent riding there and trips to Canada; St. Donat being one of his favorites places. He lived and breathed snowmobiling in the camping off season and we are sure his heaven is very cold, there is a lot of snow and he is astride his Arctic Cat cruising on freshly groomed trails. And he is leading the way, as always.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Margaret, loving daughters Ann and Susan, grandchildren Ryan Giera and his wife Danielle, their son Hunter William, Megan Giera and Kevin Giera.
He also leaves behind his beloved sister Maryanne and her husband Arthur Lamy of Southborough, Mass.; their children Kathy, Kevin and Julieann; their families, Myles and Mary Huntington of Mashpee, Mass., and their children Martha, Kate and Myles, as well as their families, cousins, and many close and dear friends.
He is very deeply loved and will be terribly missed.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins and Pollard funeral home located at 60 Main St., Pittsfield. A celebratory Mass will be held Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Route 4, Northwood, with a luncheon immediately following at St. Joseph's community center next door to the church. Graveside services will be held in Southborough, Mass., in the spring at the convenience of the family. Notice will be made for those who would like to attend at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill to Live and Let Live Animal Rescue, 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester, 3258 would be appreciated, or to the animal rescue of one's choice.
Perkins & Pollard Funeral Home
60 Main Street
Pittsfield, NH 03263
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 27, 2014