Raymond W. Baker Sr.
1926 - 2020
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Raymond Winslow Baker Sr., 94, of Bridgewater, passed away on May 14, 2020. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to the late General and Nannie (Manning) Baker on April 14, 1926 in Brockton. He was baptized at an early age and was a longtime member of Lincoln Congregational Church, where his father was a founding Deacon. He most recently attended Lighthouse of Faith in Christ Jesus Church until his health began to fail. In 1951, Raymond married the late Margaret "Peggy" Johnson and to this union five children were born. Raymond attended Brockton Public Schools and graduated from Brockton High in 1944. After graduating from high school, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen that helped reshape the worlds future during World War II, until his honorable discharge in 1946. His trailblazing career continued when he joined the Brockton Police Department in 1959. After serving as a patrolman for a number of years, Raymond had the distinction of being appointed as the Department's first African American detective in 1964. He served in various roles of increasing responsibility within the Department until his retirement in 1984. Raymond was a kind, caring, generous and thoughtful man that loved his family and loved his music. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished hearing them call him "Papa Baker". When it came to his music, he had a very soothing, mellow voice and kept his boom box with him at all times so that he was prepared to sing whenever he had a chance! Gospel, jazz, blues, R&Bhe loved all genres of music and if you rode in his car, you would likely get a good dose of some James Brown during the ride! Raymond is survived by four sons, Raymond Jr., Joseph, Richard, and Mark Baker, all of Brockton; one daughter, Vivian Baker Blake (Dwayne) of Hampton, VA; brother, Melbourne Baker Sr. of Brockton; special friend, Norma Correia of Brockton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will now join in eternal peace, his siblings Joseph Baker, Edna Tubbs, Lloyd Baker, Geraldine Holland, Bernice Marrow, Christine Tina Solomon, Marcia Tubbs, Harrison Baker, Roger Baker, and Mary E. Baker. The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. David Driscoll and his wife Mary Beth, the Bridgewater Veterans Club and the Baypointe Rehabilitation and Skilled Care facility team. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services are private. Visit www.waittfuneralhome.com or call 508-583-7272 for more information.

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Published in Journal-News Independent from May 17 to May 29, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
To the Baker Family,

My deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your dear Father. I had the pleasure and honor of working with him for many years when I was in the Secret Service and had cases in Brockton. He was respected and liked by all who knew him. We spent a few evenings at the old Eldios too that are fond memories. He was the ultimate professional, gentleman and class act.

The world has lost a true gem!

God bless,
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
May 22, 2020
Two words CLASS ACT,, great guy , great dad
So sorry for your loss Sgt Mark Celia Brockton Police Dept. Retired
mark celia
May 21, 2020
mr baker will be missed. he was such a sweet man and his presence will be missed by everyone he came in contact with.
May 20, 2020
Richie & family
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Kate Johnson
(Harry's Westgate Pub)
Kate Johnson
May 19, 2020
So sorry to the bakers a fine Brockton family off good people god bless Marc Bessette
Marc Bessette
May 19, 2020
Skip and family sorry to hear of your loss of your Dad was a great person and will be missed
Gail Legault
May 18, 2020
james coady
May 18, 2020
Mike Cutting
May 18, 2020
Richard So Sorry for the loss of you father. You and your family are in my prays

Mary Cleary
May 18, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, as I was talking to my dad yesterday he was telling me wonderful stories about your father and what a wonderful man he was.
He will surely be missed by all.
Heidi & William Cobb
May 17, 2020
My condolences to the Baker family. I grew up across the street from the Baker family in Brockton. Mr. Baker was always so kind and caring. When I was done working the late shift at Eldios Restaurant, if Mr. Baker was there, he would always ask if I needed a ride home even though I lived just one half mile away. Mr. Baker was a wonderful, caring, and compassionate man. From one airman to another, I salute you, sir. RIP
Gregory Karas
May 17, 2020
Joe and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Love you.
Here for you always,
Cathy and Kenny
May 17, 2020
Sincere Condolences , May God comfort the family.
Shirley Magee and Family
May 17, 2020
Evora Regis
May 17, 2020
Our sincere condolences ?
Walter,Brenda Hilliards
May 17, 2020
Raymond Baker was a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Norma, Noreen, Karen & Micah Correia
May 17, 2020
To the entire Baker family I extend my sincere and profound condolences. Ray was the epitome` of a true gentleman and friend. I am honored to have been a small part of his life, and it was a memorable association that I shall cherish for the rest of my existence. After discovering that he was a "Redtail", just enhanced our friendship. We shared several very dear interests, but his devotion to family, admiration of his children, their accomplishments and extending to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren always took precedent over our varied conversations. He will be truly missed, but certainly never forgotten. Lifting a glass of wine to your memory, good friend!
May 17, 2020
To the Baker Family, please accept my deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace, Mr. Baker.
Joseph Burkard
May 17, 2020
I worked with Ray for 14 years on BPD. He always treated me with kindness. Such a wonderful man. Rest in Peace Ray. Thoughts and prayers for all of Rays family and friends.
May 17, 2020
Mark, I am so sorry for your loss.
Tom Rudolph
May 17, 2020
This breaks my heart. I worked with Ray in the BCI for man years and he was one of my favorite people, always king, caring and fun to be around. He accomplished many things in his lifetime but many folks never knew about them because he never bragged about himself. I lived in the same neighborhood as his family when I first came to Brockton and the Baker family were well respected by all. Ray was a special person to me and he and his kind gentle ways will be sadly missed by all.
May 17, 2020
As a teacher in Brockton from 1971-2004, I had the privilege of teaching several members of the Baker family. I can honestly say that these kids were all well-mannered, bright, attentive, wonderful human beings. I'm a better person from my experience with this family.
John McCarthy
Brockton Public Schools
Retired, June 2004
May 17, 2020
gini Jeppson
May 17, 2020
You will be greatly missed Ray. You were always so kind to me and my husband. Rest In Peace.
Laurie Dalton
May 17, 2020
This breaks my heart. I worked many years in the BCI with Ray and he was one of my most favorite people, always a quiet, kind, caring person and fun to be around. He accomplished many good things in his lifetime but few people knew about them as he never bragged about himself. He actually grew up in my old neighborhood when I first came to Brockton. The Baker family were very well respected by all and I can't say enough about the goodness of Ray and his family.
Gini Jeppson
May 17, 2020
Mr. Baker,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-first for our Country when you served in the USAAF during WW II with the Tuskegee Airmen and later for the citizens of Brockton when you served with the Brockton PD. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey(former MA resident)
May 17, 2020
To the Baker Family: Ray was a Good Man an Exceptional Man a Fair Man Who gave us young people of Brockton Great Pride while he worked for the BPD and lived in the Brockton community. I shared many a laugh an stories with Him. And Ray Always showed me a Great Kindness. A little Known Fact that Ray and I knew of each other We Both Shared the Same Middle Name ! R I P Ray I Love You. Jimmy Winslow Dixon
Jimmy Dixon
May 17, 2020
Uncle Raymond I will miss you so much. I will always remember all of the wisdom and advice you would share in that nice sweet gentle and strong manner. You brought so much joy and your light will never go out. I love you Uncle Raymond, rest in peace
shelley weston
May 17, 2020
Many good memories from the old Eastside. Sincere condolences sent to the family
Walter Shanks
May 17, 2020
Condolences are being sent to the family
Rego and Johnson Family
May 17, 2020
Sincere condolences being sent
Kathy, Joe and the Boys Barry
May 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss. We share in your sorrow.
Sue, Corey and Courtney Pourdrier
May 17, 2020
In Sympathy we share in your sorrow
Conte Memorial Club
May 17, 2020
Sincere condolences
Walter and Sally Holland
May 17, 2020
Ray was one of a kind. Every time i would run into him he was always smiling and looked you in the eyes an was always concerned about you. He will be missed an true gentleman.
paul arnone
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