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Ronald Baker


Ronald Lee Baker, 37, of Baltimore, died Sunday, September 9, 2007, at his home from an extended illness cancer/HIV.

Born on Aug. 24, 1970, in Adams County, Pa., he was the son of Mary F. and Edward L. Stitely of Taneytown, Allison L. and Kay Baker.

He was a graduate from Francis Scott Key High School class of 1988.

After school he served in the U.S. Navy.

Most of his life he was an active member of the Taneytown Jaycees. He contributed his time and talent to the organization in many ways such as design and many props for the Haunted Barn. His designs and insights to the success of the barn are legendary. The last year he participated was its greatest year in fundraising.

He was a chef and loved to cook for anyone. He loved to dance and directed dance productions, and would apply all aspects of the art of make up, horror being his favorite. Loved music and enjoyed making mixes for his friends and family.

Designed Internet sites and would do sites for Myspace for friends and family as well. An artist at heart showed in everything he did or touched throughout his life. He volunteered for the Special Olympics, AIDS awareness, cancer fundraising or whatever event needed help. One of his passions was photography and still pictures were his best.

His beliefs as a Wiccan enabled him to become a true nature lover, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. He could name just about any plant, herb, and tree. His belief of the Earth Wind Fire and Water gave total harmony in his life. Merry Meet, Blessed Be.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his life partner, H. David Maurer of Baltimore, grandfather, Samuel F. Cool of Walkersville, and numerous cousins.

His was predeceased by grandmother Margaret F. Cool and cousin James Wade.

By his wishes, there will be no wake or memorial services, but will have a party in his name at a later date for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the AIDS Action/Baltimore, 2105 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD or The , 8219 Town Center Drive, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, MD 21236.

Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, Taneytown.

_PaperDate 9/11/07

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Sept. 11, 2007
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