Edward Draper Baker
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Edward Draper Baker, 68, of Ashaway, R.I., died on Sunday, October 29 after a valiant 5-year battle with cancer. October was his favorite month, and he was where he wanted to be, at home in the loving arms of his family.
Edward was sustained by his Quaker faith and its tenets of simplicity, peace, honesty and integrity. He sought the Inner Light in every person he met, and his faith helped him through previous bouts with cancer. He was active within the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, gave generously of his time and talents on numerous committees, served on the board of the Moses Brown School and mentored numerous Friends. His wisdom and guidance were cherished and will be greatly missed.
Edward met Carol Adair Pringle, the love of his life, at a contra dance when she finally had a waltz free. They were married 29 years. Their family includes daughters Sarah of Boston, MA and Hannah of Ashaway, RI.., son Andrew and wife Becca Yates of Portland, OR and grandsons Davis and Quinn. Edward loved his family deeply and cherished recent times with his young grandsons. Edward designed their home in Ashaway, and loved baking bread, building furniture, doing finish carpentry on the house, nurturing his large vegetable garden, and quiet mornings reading on the back porch.
The son of Edward and Anne English Baker, Edward grew up in Philadelphia, PA with his sisters Maryanne Redington of Macungie, PA, Janie Mohn of Winchester, VA and Betsy Andreycak of Bel Air, MD. He earned a bachelor's degree from Juniata College and a master's degree from Penn State University. He spent summers working in the Absaroka Mountains of Wyoming for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and later taught backpacking and rock climbing at North Carolina State University.
Edward loved all things historical, but especially those of New England. His professional life included positions as Farm and Garden Coordinator at Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA, Supervisor of Historic Interpretation at Mystic Seaport Museum, and Executive Director of the New London County Historical Society. Especially important to Edward was his 35-year association with ALHFAM, the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. He served on the Board of Directors, hosted the annual international conference and was an officer of the organization.
In addition to his wife, sisters, children and grandchildren, Edward is lovingly remembered by his twelve nieces and nephews, and a wide network of family and friends.
Edward's life will be celebrated in a memorial service, in the manner of Friends, on Saturday, November 18 at 4 pm at the Westerly Chorus Hall, 119 High St, Westerly, R.I., 02891 with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Edward's name to the Westerly Friends Memorial Fund, 57 Elm St, Westerly, RI 02891 or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Dr. Jochen Lorch (Thyroid Center / Jochen Lorch in the memo line), 450 Brookline Ave., Dana 2136, Boston MA 02115.

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Published in The Westerly Sun from Nov. 4 to Dec. 3, 2017.
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November 15, 2017
Our condolences and prayers for your comfort during this sad time. the Leach Family - Smithfield, RI
November 10, 2017
So very sorry to learn of Edward's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Vicki Rinne
November 10, 2017
Love that sunset story. So very Edward. For which we were all the richer. Thanks for sharing, Deb.
Katie Boardman
November 9, 2017
My favorite Edward memory . . . at the ALHFAM fall board meeting in Kansas City in 2016 Edward insisted that we all delay our dinner reservation and head up to his room so we could watch the sunset together. I thought then, and still do, that he was a man who had his priorities straight and was living with purpose and gratitude. It was a joy to work with him on ALHFAM business and I will miss his presence.
Deb Arenz
November 9, 2017
Ed's legacy and the memories that he gave each of us will keep his spirit of history and community alive... in our communities too. May we all be Ed.
Lauren Muney
November 9, 2017
Of the many wonderful memories I have of Edward, the one that always makes me smile was singing cowboy songs with him on the long bus rides home during ALHFAM conferences. I called him the New England Cowboy. I am grateful that he and I could spend quality time together as roommates during the ALHFAM conference in Baton Rouge in 2016. He was just beginning the experimental treatment for his cancer and I was struck by his incredible bravery and optimistic outlook in the face of such challenges. Happy trails to you, my friend.
Mark Texel
November 7, 2017
Edward was always a gentleman. I never heard him speak ill of anyone. He was patient and kind to all he met and went out of us way to make others feel welcome.
Kathy Dickson
November 7, 2017
Many wonderful years of knowing Edward as a colleague through ALHFAM. Was remembering today the workshop that we co-taught in Newfoundland (in the last century). What a wonderful adventure and welcoming Canadian colleagues!
Many, ALHFAM meetings, regional meetings, board meetings, sec/treasurer communications. What a joy to know such a talented, solid and supportive co-worker. (I also envisioned Edward and Blake kicking back and having a beer and a chat in their new cosmic neighborhood,) Thanks, also, to Carol for hosting me during NEMA last year this time. Thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality and good conversation. Holding you and family in Light and Love.
Katie Boardman
November 6, 2017
I came to know Edward through Dave. He has spoken of him so often throughout the past year and what an amazing amazing person he knew him to be. Love and hugs from all of us in New Jersey who have had the good fortune to learn about Edward through the eyes of of David. We are so very very sorry for your loss.
November 5, 2017
It is with great appreciation to be a cousin of Eddie's that I offer my most heartfelt condolences and offer prayers for peace and love to surround Carol and family.
November 4, 2017
Eric and I are holding you and your family in a group hug. Lovely to have such a big support group...Edward will be so missed.
rebecca and eric edwards
November 4, 2017
Offering my sincere condolences to the Family, may you find comfort from the encouraging words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14
November 4, 2017
Offering my sincere condolences to the Family, may you find comfort from the encouraging words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14
November 3, 2017
Edward's Mystic Seaport family will remember him fondly. He was a good friend and colleague. We will miss him. My family and I send our love to Carol and her family.
Paul O'Pecko
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