Peacefully passed away at home with his beloved wife of 64 years, "Reenie" (Irene), by his side. A handsome, blue eyed Irishman with a quick wit, kind heart and endearing charm, John was a hardworking man of character and faith, a man with many friends, and a proud family man. Born July 3, 1920 in Belfast, Ireland, John came to Canada at an early age to be settled in Moose Jaw, Sask. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941, served overseas in WW2 on the HMCS Georgian as a communication officer and returned a decorated war veteran. He met Irene in Moose Jaw, they reacquainted in Vancouver, married in 1949 and together they raised a family of 10 children: Kathi (Glenn), Gary, Ken (Janine), Jan (Ron), Lori (predeceased) (Gavin), Betsy (Charles), Lynn (Wayne), Ed (Shannon), Mark (Rhonda) and Ross (Kari). As an active Corpus Christi founding parishioner, John helped build the church that stands today. He worked in the glass and window industry for over 35 years, leaving Hialco Mfg. in 1984 to retire to a life of spending quality time sharing jokes and rum and cokes with friends and family. He awarded affectionate nicknames to the people he loved and that list was long including Reenie, his children, 19 grandchildren, four great- grandchildren and a large extended family. He was the life of the party and always the last to leave the party. On Thanksgiving Day morning, October 14, just hours after hosting a family gathering for 40, John Baker left his final party. He was a good man who lived a good life and we will miss him every day. Special thanks to John's guardian angels on earth, Estela Bangcaya and Jean Agsalud, for their years of loving devotion and care.
Catholic prayers: Thursday, October 24 at 8:15 p.m.
Funeral mass: Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Parish, 20675 87th Avenue, Langley.
Interment: 2:00 p.m. at Ocean View Cemetery, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 19, 2013