A. Lee Baker, 73, of Fountain Hill, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in his home. He was the husband of Tricia (Tallarico) Baker for 39 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife Tricia are a son, Joshua, and wife Nikki of Breinigsville; a daughter, Katelyn DeMatto of Emmaus; grandchildren, Dominic and Hunter DeMatto, Christian and Averie Baker; sister, Sally Pope of Winter Park, FL; mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Megan Baker.
Lee first came to The Children's Home of Easton as a young boy of seven in 1955. He grew up at the Children's Home and his life and personality were marked by the caring adults who guided his path. Lee served in Vietnam as a Green Beret Army Special Forces, recon Platoon, finishing his enlistment as a Drill Sergeant. He received a Purple Heart medal. Following his discharge he returned to the Lehigh Valley and began his career working with children through social services. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Moravian College and a Master's degree from Nova University. He and his wife Tricia served as foster parents to 43 children over the years. He retired as Director of Community Services at The Children's Home in 2007 after 19 years. He developed a work experience program shortly after retirement and continued working with young men. Lee was recognized by The Alliance for Children and Families in 2008 for his contributions to children and The Children's Home of Easton.
Family and friends are invited to a Visitation Hour on Thursday, August 26, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem, followed by a Graveside Service with military honors at Holy Saviour Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Children's Home of Easton, 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton, PA 18042. Online condolences may be sent to www.pearsonfh.com
Published by Morning Call on Aug. 25, 2021.