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James E. Baker

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James E. Baker of Westford
Loving husband, father, and grandfather;
U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran

WESTFORD -- James E. Baker, of Westford, died unexpectedly October 26, 2011, at his home, aged 70 years. He was the beloved husband of Anne (Harvey) Baker with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage last July.

Born in Boston, July 10, 1941, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Edna M. (Laws) Baker. He received his early education in the Boston school system and was a graduate of Hyde Park High School with the Class of 1959.

Mr. Baker enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on February 18, 1959, serving with the 2868th Ground Engineering and Installation Squadron, as an Airman First Class, during the Vietnam War. He received the Good Conduct Medal, and was Honorably Discharged on October 9, 1962.

James and Anne married on July 22, 1968, settling in Winthrop to raise their family before moving to Westford in 2002. James continued to work in the banking industry until his retirement from Fleet Bank in 1998.

He enjoyed watching the horses race at Suffolk Downs and played a great game of poker. James was also an avid history buff and coin collector.

Mr. Baker will always be remembered as a kind, generous man, with a great sense of humor. Most of all, he was a devoted grandfather who loved spending time with his cherished granddaughters, attending many activities as their Number One fan.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. Baker; two granddaughters, Jennifer A. Baker and Amanda J. Baker, all of Westford; a brother, Paul F. Baker and his wife, Jane of Canton, a sister-in-law, Mary A. Carlo and her husband, Robert of Townsend, a brother-in-law, Brian J. Harvey and his wife, Rhonda of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Charles Baker, and brother-in-law of the late Charles R. Harvey.

BAKER -- In Westford, October 26, 2011. James E. Baker, aged 70 years. Beloved husband of Anne (Harvey) Baker. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 Princeton Blvd. in the Highlands, Lowell, on Sunday from 2 to 6 PM, followed by his funeral service at the funeral home at 6 PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, on Monday, at 11:15 AM. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss, Jr. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit Mr. Baker's memorial page at

Funeral Home
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home - Lowell
122 Princeton Boulevard Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 458-6841
Published in Lowell Sun on Oct. 29, 2011
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