Gaylord Baker
FUNERAL HOME
Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home
4670 Darling Hill Road
Derby, VT
Gaylord Baker, 73 years old, of Derby, passed away on
October 1, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center,
following a brief illness.
With Gaylord's passing, the world lost an all-around
great guy, family man, and master storyteller. And
with his passing, the Will-O-Wood Campground in
Brownington lost its beloved unofficial mayor where he
and his wife of 50 years, Michaelene, camped for many
years.
Gaylord was born in Morrisville on June 9, 1948,
to Paul and Antoinette (Chartiere) Baker. He married
his soul mate, Michaelene (Greenwood) Baker, on July
3, 1971. Their marriage gave life to two sons, Paul
and Eric. His wife, children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren
were his priorities in life. Another one of
his priorities in life was his lawn. He loved mowing his
lawn, probably using the solitude to work up the next
whopper he was going to tell.
In addition to being survived by his wife, Gaylord
is survived by his sons: Paul, and his wife, Donna, and
Eric and his wife, Michelle. He is also survived by
his grandchildren: Mya, Khelsie and Brandon Baker,
Miranda Lamonda, and Robert Dillon, and by his greatgrandchildren,
Beckett Baker and Dalton Lamonda.
He was predeceased by his beloved first grandchild,
Hillary "Hillbilly" Baker.
He is also survived by his brother Dwight "Buzzy"
Baker and his wife, Kathy, sisters Sherry Baker and Judy
Desmarais, and several nieces and nephews.
Gaylord worked at Columbia Forest Products for 42
years, retiring in 2010. When Micheline retired from
Columbia the following year after 42-1/2- years of work,
they began camping, with Will-O-Wood becoming
their summertime home. Although he wasn't officially
employed by the campground, in addition to be its
unofficial mayor, Gaylord was the "honey wagon man,"
a fancy title for the man who pulled the "honey wagon"
around the campground going camper to camper,
emptying the contents of sewer holding tanks. He was
assisted in this not so glamorous task by his good friend
Jeff Laberge who owns the campground with his brother
Dave. Gaylord was also the self-appointed night manager
at the campground.
At the close of camping season, Gaylord enjoyed going
to deer camp, and come the depth of winter, he'd head
out ice fishing. Come spring he enjoyed sugaring season.
Not long after the last drops of sap stopped flowing, it
was time for him to return to the campground to begin
all of his "duties" there.
Gaylord loved people, and he loved to make people
laugh. He created nicknames for many people in his life.
Many of his stories, antics, and nicknames are forever
etched in the minds of the people in his life, and it is
likely they'll continue to make people chuckle for many
years to come. And his neighbors on the Pine Hill Road
are going to miss his visits as he toured the neighborhood
on his John Deere lawn mower. Also, without a doubt,
the campers at Will-O-Wood will miss his wit and
wisdom.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. . on Saturday,
October 9, at the Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral
Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, Vermont.
Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. . until the hour of the
funeral service. There will be a Celebration of Life held
at VFW on Central Street, Newport VT 05855 @ 4pm
should anyone desire to share with the family. On-line
condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch
& Bouffard Funeral Home, & Cremation Service, locally
family owned and operated.
Published by Newport Daily Express from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2021.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as we couldn’t be here In person to share in celebration of Gaylords life. He was a great man and would do anything for anyone, his heart shines on through all of you now.
Aaryn and Lisa French
Coworker
October 8, 2021
Our condolences to Michaelene and family. May he Rest In Peace. We’ll be thinking of you all during this difficult time. It’s been a year this past Tuesday that Mom (Sue) left us, I’m sure they’re talking about old times!
Michelle and Jim Trottier David Squires
Friend
October 7, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. You all have some wonderful memories that will help to get you through this sad time. He will always in with you.
Linda Choquette
Friend
October 7, 2021
To Michaelene and family so sorry of you losing your soul mate. We will keep you in our prayers
Jacques and Pauline Couture
Acquaintance
October 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss
Sherry Provoncher
Friend
October 6, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gaylords passing. He truly knew how to make people smile.
Don & Tammy Cloutier
Friend
October 5, 2021
For ever in our hearts
Jodi. ( Half pint) Tice
Friend
October 5, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rudy & Marlene Percy
Friend
October 5, 2021
Thinking of his family he was a great man who always made you feel at home when you went to visit them at the camp ground, may you rest in peace. Lisa and Ed Grimes
Lisa Grimes
Friend
October 5, 2021
Penny and I are saddened at the loss of our next-door neighbor of more than 30 years. Gaylord “Gay” was an all-around great guy, and master storyteller. Many times over the years I’ve “twisted” his arm to have a beer with me, and occasionally he had to “twist” mine. Then we’d go about subconsciously, and maybe not so subconsciously, competing with who could tell the best whooper. But behind the humor, was a man with a giant heart, one made of gold. Although as all of our lives took us in different directions, and our families didn’t chat as much as we should have, Penny and I have dearly loved Gay and his wonderful wife, Michaelene. Penny will certainly always remember Gay’s final words to her about a month ago, as he ventured over to our side of the lawn to see how “his girl” was doing. He ended the conversation by giving her a huge Gaylord hug, and said, “I Love you, Pen”. Well, Gay, we loved you too. Thank you for sharing your wit and wisdom with us for so many years. Our hearts go out to Michaelene and the rest of the Baker family.
Scott Wheeler
Neighbor
October 5, 2021
Paul & Donna....Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mary Place-Becker
Friend
October 5, 2021
Our sympathy to his entire family on the great loss. May his stories remain with you always and bring some happy memories. God Bless
Doug & Marilyn Maxwell
October 4, 2021
Sorry for your loss He will be sadly missed at Willowood!
Lynn Joyal
October 4, 2021
Wishing the family and friends of Gaylord Peace and comfort . May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Corey Boisvert
Friend
October 4, 2021
So sorry for your loss!!
Lynn Joyal
October 4, 2021
You were a hell of a fella uncle Gaylord we will all miss your kindness and hold close many fond memories of you and the extended family I for one will never forget you ..
Michael Greenwood
Family
October 4, 2021
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