Nov. 20, 1933 - April 5, 2013
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The World according to Peter Monroe Baker grew out of his early years in San Pedro, CA, a navy town. It was no surprise that his journey took him into naval service of his country as a flag man on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, "The USS Princeton". The family was living on Coronado Island during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was immediately transported back to San Pedro and Long Beach for the duration of the Great War.
Peter's world was shaped by his time with the phone company and he saw it change from Ma Bell to Telesis. He saw roller skating telephone operators go to car phones and cell operators, from television to laptops.
But even with Peter's changing world he held to certain inalienable truths, that family, home and friends are the bedrock of the country he loved and defended. Peter would say he loved the time with his three children, Kim, Danny and Denni, he parented his three step children, Christene, Laura and John, and later informally adopting the children of Judith's best friend Anne, Mark, Shawn and Bruce Bragdon and became the patriarch to a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was in the context of fanning the home fires that Peter met Judith Judson and that relationship took hold for thirty years. Peter was a visionary and his skills as a contractor and craftsman are indelibly marked in the home on Cambridge as well as several homes throughout Benicia, and surrounding area. Together, Peter and Judith created a beautiful home that is warm and inviting to those who were fortunate to be part of their network.
The World according to Peter Baker included his children, Kim Aragon (Jesse), Denni White (deceased), Danny Baker (Donna), Laura (David), Christene (David), John (Stacie); grandchildren, Elise, Danielle, Deanna, Fawn, Nigel, Taylor, Tanner, Emily, Justin, Jake, Jaxon, Alyssa, and great grandchildren, Lily and Caleb, Katelyn and Evan, Trent; sister, Jean and Pete Emmy, Larry, Marti, Max and Lori.
Peter Baker's time on the planet was a life full of riches. Peter would be the first to let you know that he had lived a most wonderful life in the best of times. His commitment to our nation, his family, his skills and his tenacious attitude will long be remembered by all who came under his protection. He always had your back.
Services for Peter will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers Peter would appreciate donations to Rose Wood House, 508 Alabama St., Vallejo. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com. Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 745-3130
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Apr. 14, 2013