Robert Baker

Obituary
  • "Bob was the most amazing man I have ever met. He took me in..."
    - Adam Mitchell
  • "Deepest condolences to Bob's Family and loved ones. I met..."
    - Theresa Blair
  • "We will really miss having Bob visit us here in Dillingham..."
    - Avanelle Willis
  • "I met Bob while working at Frontier Business Systems. I..."
    - Herb Atchison
  • "It is such a complete shock to hear such a great man pass..."
    - Aaron Charles

Anchorage resident Robert David Baker, 47, died Jan. 14, 2009 at Alaska Regional Hospital. His longtime companion, Elizabeth "Angel" Parkin, was with him.
A celebration of life gathering was held by Bob's friends in Anchorage, and a memorial will be held in Vernon, N.Y., at a later date.
Bob was born on April 1, 1961, in Utica, N.Y., and grew up in northern New York State. He loved the outdoors, and started fishing and camping as a young boy, and enjoyed telling stories around the bonfire with his friends. Bob was gifted in his understanding of technology; he built electronic gadgets from an early age, and could fix almost anything throughout his life. Bob graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1987, then moved to Florida to start his career in the technology field.
Bob loved the wild, and dreamed of being able to live in Alaska. He moved to Anchorage in the late 1990s, and began working for Network Business Systems in 1997. While he held a variety of managerial and technical positions, his passion was teaching. Bob travelled throughout the state teaching computer classes, and especially loved working with the people in the Bush.
Bob traveled extensively around the state, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and mining for gold. He loved spending time in the mountains, and on the lakes and rivers, appreciating everything that nature had to offer, and every sunrise and sunset. He often encouraged his friends to stop and take a moment to wonder at the view.
Bob was dearly loved by his family and friends. He lived his life with optimism and simple abundance, enjoying every day to the fullest.
Bob is survived by his parents, Robert and Mary Anne Baker of Vernon, N.Y.; his sisters, Diana Brown of Nantucket, Mass., and Shari Louis of Vernon, N.Y.;his brother, Charles Baker of Clinton, N.Y.; his nephew, William Louis of New York City; and nephew Nathan and niece Morgan Baker of Vernon, N.Y.
Bob was preceded in death by his nephew and godson, Charles Paul Baker, who lived in Nantucket, in October 2008.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2009