Mr. Bill Baker of Lake City, Florida passed away of natural causes at Avalon Health and Rehabilitation Facility on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Bill was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. He married Helen Ballantyne in 1943 after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan school of mechanical engineering and while serving as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Navy. Bill and Helen settled and raised their family in Niagara Falls, New York where Bill worked for DuPont, Strategic Udy, CDI Construction Company, Harper Electric Furnaces and Occidental Chemical Company. In 1979 the Bakers moved to Lake City, Florida where Bill continued working for Occidental Chemical in White Springs, Florida. he retired in 1984.
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Bill was a member of Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls and First Presbyterian Church in Lake City where he was an Elder Emeritus.
Bill enjoyed golfing, singing and traveling. He golfed for many years before and after his retirement. After retiring Bill worked as an engineering consultant on many construction projects including the Dowling House in Live Oak. He was a member of the choirs at Bacon Memorial and First Presbyterian churches. He and his wife also sang in the chorales at Lake City Community College and Niagara County Community College. Bill and Helen also circumnavigated the United States twice in their camper.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Helen and his eldest son, Eric. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Sally (Kirk), sons Keith (Marlene) and Roger (Maggie), and daughters Linda and Martha. He is also survived by his granddaughter Christina Metzger and great-granddaughter Caitlyn. His sister Joan Graham resides in British Columbia, Canada and his cousin Jean Brodine in Arizona.
Bill will be greatly missed and dearly remembered by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 2p.m, on Monday, April 7, 2014. His family is grateful to those who provided companionship to Bill in his final years. The family also wishes to sincerely thank the employees of Still Waters Assisted Living and Avalon Health and Rehabilitation Facilities for caring for Bill with compassion and for respecting his dignity. Bill has requested that contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church or Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church in lieu of flowers.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Mar. 6, 2014