Philip W. Baker
BAKER-Philip W., of Bayville, L.I., on December 31, 2006, age 59. Beloved husband of Christine. Loving father of Philip A. and Amy O'Wade (Don). Dear son of Grace and the late Walter. Fond brother of Diane Schneider (Mickey), George (Debbie) and the late Judy Famigletti. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Philip was a Vietnam Veteran and member of Robert H. Spittel Post 1285, he joined the Bayville Fire Company in 1966. He held office of Chief from 1981-82. He was former Safety Officer, past LOSAP and Chairman of the Board. He was currently President of the Bayville Fire Co. and was past President of the Bayville Fire Co. Benevolent Association. He was also a former Trustee, Chairman, active President of Bayville Fire Co. 2006, past President of 5th Battalion Chief's organization, member of North Shore Fire Council, Nassau County Volunteer Fireman's Assn., Fire Chief's Council of Nassau County, Delegate of N.Y. State Firemen Assn., member of Southern NY Volunteer Assn., member of NYS Assn. of Fire Chiefs, honorary member of L.V. Fire Dept. Engine 2, served on many truck committees and member of Nassau County Drill Team Captain's Assn. Visiting at the Bayville Fire Co., 258 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-5 and 7-9 PM. Firematic Service, Wednesday, 8 PM. Mass at the Church of St. Gertrude, Bayville, Thursday, 10 AM. Interment, Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to his son Philip A. Baker to aid in his care. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove, L.I.
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We are thinking of you and missing you this Christmas (2008)! We love you Dad and wish you were here with us...We are thinking about all of the Christmas eve dinners we were able to spend together and are thankful for all of those happy memories! Love Amy, Donny, Bella, Philip & mom, Merry Christmas Dad
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Hi Poppy Phil,
My mommy & daddy tell me so many funny stories about you! I wish I could have met you in person, but my mommy told me, I was in her tummy when you were still alive. That makes me feel happy that you got to know about me. I know that you will always be with me. Thank you for taking such good care of my mommy and being so nice to my daddy! I love you Poppy and I look at your pictures often!
Love you 1st Grandbaby,
Izabella Grace
Bella Grace O'Wade
March 7, 2008
Uncle Phil

It's been a year already & Life has been so different without you. The holiday's have been so hard knowing that your not going to be spending them with us anymore. God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best and there isn't a day that goes by that your not in my heart

Meagan Baker
January 11, 2008
January 9, 2008
Phil, our brother above all the rest we miss you the most and we loved you best . But now that your gone we just thank God we were blessed just to know you , but it is all right now and heaven should be PROUD !!!!!

Carl Johanson
January 2, 2008
Chris, Amy & Philip;

We are thinking of you today and miss Phil very much. He was a good man and we are all truly blessed to have shared the times we had with him.

God Bless.

The Doyle Family
John Doyle
December 31, 2007
Dear Dad,

It' been almost one year already and we still can't believe it. I miss you alot. I feel you around me, but I miss you soooooo much. We all do. Amy's baby, Izabella Grace is gorgeous and she looks like you and Amy, oh, yeah, she also has a little of Donny, too. (haha) She's coming next week for Christmas and I can't wait. We decorated for her but miss you very much. You would be so proud of Amy and your beautiful Granddaughter Bella! We love you.
Love Always,
Your Son,
Philip Baker
December 14, 2007
Dear Chris, Amy, and Philip,
My deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. "Cousin Phil" was a good, gentle and loving man, one whose shoes cannot easily be filled. My wonderful childhood was filled with a big family of aunts, uncles, and many, many cousins. Many a Sunday was spent at Aunt Gracie's house with the cousins. Cousin Phil was always a wonderful, fun, and kind soul, ready to defended whoever was getting picked on that day. He will be remembered as a loving, gentle man who always was there for you.
I remember when my dad died, he was very present, encouraging, and helpful during a very difficult time in me, my sisters, and mommy's life. I hadn't seen anyone from my family in a while, since living out of state, but we just picked up where we left off, like it had been only yesterday since we'd seen each other. He was just that kind of guy; help when and where the need was.
Cousin Phil will be greatly missed and warmly remembered in all the hearts of those that had the privilege to know and love him.
Rosanne (Pascucci) Daniel
March 4, 2007
I was so sorry to hear about Phil. I went to LVHS and was in his class.I remember what a nice person he was then.My prayers are with his family.
Diane Logan (Cisar)
February 8, 2007
Dear Chris, Philip and Amy (Donny too!)
There are so many stories and fond memories of Phil, it is very hard to pinpoint. But one of the funnier stories, (Chris, you might remember), was when Phil and Joe had a bet on who could stop smoking. This was over 24-25 years ago. The bet consisted of whoever was caught smoking by the other, that person would have to buy dinner for all four of us at the winner's choice of restaurants. Of course, Joe was caught red-handed, I am not sure where, but Phil said, PIETROFERE, we are all going to the Swan Club for dinner. Joe had to pay. I think Phil was drinking Scotch back then. He had those drinks coming pretty fast. I'll miss his giggle.
Eileen Pietrofere
February 8, 2007
Dear Chris, Philip & Amy
Your Husband/Father was and will always be a good friend to me. I enjoyed being with him on his "Birthday" and look forward to when I celebrate with him again.
Many good memories.
Love, Ray Collins and family.
Ray Collins
January 31, 2007
Dear Chris & family,

John and I send our love and sympathy to you. We know cousin Phil will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a really nice guy.

Lynn & John Minicozzi
John & Lynn Minicozzi
January 28, 2007
To the Baker Family:
My fondest memories of Phil, affectionally called "Phil Bake," were of our childhood. Being cousins, neighbors, and the same age made a perfect formula for being together in frienship.
Fifty years ago, summers in Bayville were a childhood dreamworld. Swimming, fishing, boating, clamming, baseball, the Fourth of July... what more could a young boy ask for?! Phil Bake was always a leader in the way we enjoyed many of these avtivities. He seemed fearless about rowing out into the currents in the bay; particularly underneath the Bayville Bridge. With his great strength, he would row us safley back to shore in an almost effortless manner. He was the first among us to dive off of the bridge into the swiftly moving currents below. It took quite a while to work up the courage and follow his lead. He knew all the best fishing locations in the bay and the most suitable bait to use whenever we took to the waters. Seldom were we disappointed with our catch. He also knew where all the shellfish were plentiful and we often went clamming together. Before you knew it, we would have gathered a bushel of little necks, load them on to a red wagon, and peddle them up and down the "Presidents" streets trying to earn money for the movies or for a visit to "Abe's" soda fountain for an egg cream.
As far as the sporting activities went, he again lead by example. Who wouldn't want Phil Bake on their team?! At baseball, he would hit the ball a mile up Jackson Ave. By the time you retrieved the ball he had already rounded the bases and was sitting on the sideline. At basketball, you had no chance of getting a rebound or getting a shot off over his out-stretched hands and arms. If Phil was on your team, you just gave him the ball and he did the rest. At football, you certainly didn't want to be anywhere near his grasp or you would soon find yourself on the ground. Whatever the sport, whenever sides were chosen, Phil Bake was always selected first.
With the school year behind us, we couldn't wait to get busy with all the fun summers had to offer. We especially looked forward to the 4th of July. To us it meant fireworks, bonfires and a backyard barbecue at Grandma'a and Grandpa's with lots of good eats and plenty of ice cold soda. It was a time for all cousins to get together and trade stories, share adventures and secrets.
I'll never forget the hot days of August when Granpa's vegetable garden began producing the most delicious tomatoes on earth. Knowing our Grandfather's daily maintenance routine of his garden, Phil Bake, my brother and I would selectively time our "garden visits" for when Grandpa was busy with other chores. Then we would sneak into the garden with a loaf of Silvercup white bread, salt and pepper shakers, and a knife and gorge ourselves with fresh tomato sandwiches. When Grandpa questioned us about his missing produce, we deflected the blame on to the neighborhood animals. To this day I can not eat a raw tomato due to the over indulging at our Grandfather's garden!
There are more and more stories that I could associate to Phil Bake, all of which bring a smile to my face. Thank you for that smile and those fond memories Phil Bake!
p.s. Don't tell Grandpa about the tomatoes!
Philip Minicozzi
January 28, 2007
Dear Chris, Phillip, & Amy,

Where do I begin? Somewhere around 1974-'75 , I first met up w/ Phil/Dad working @ the nursing home...he was in maintenance & I worked in housekeeping. After initial introductions it wasn't long before Phil started in with his friendly sarcasm & teasing, which of course I immediately returned to try to top him (which wasn't really possible). There was an immediate bond of friendship that lasts even to today. Even if we didn't talk for years at times, when we did it was always as if we had resumed just where we left off. So many good memories...Back then Phil/Dad was like my friend & big brother...I was 18 & the "Old Man " was 27. I think Phil's/Dad's greatest strenths were his sense of humor, his loyalty to me as a friend ,but even more so to his family. When other people were a little "nuts" (like me) there were certain lines he would never cross...ALWAYS FAITHFUL to his wife & family. I greatly respect him for that. Throughout the years we would stay in touch one way or another...many times I would have trouble with oil-fired pool heaters & I would call Phil/Dad...he would trouble -shoot over the phone & it would always work & then my customers thought I was the genius. I would tell this to your Dad & he would laugh...when he needed pool help, he would call me...I'm so glad we kept in touch that way...Phil/Dad always has his own name for people & places, like...Beautiful downtown B'ville (which is where you guys are). To this day I still call Massapequa, "massaPizza" which is a "Phil-ism". I look forward to the day when I see my friend again. Although you all will experience the pain & loss , over time the joy of his presence, his humor, his BIG HEART will prevail, because he is in your hearts always...I Love that man & his beautiful family.
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I am truly sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Know you have family here if you need us. Sending you all my love.
Dana Rosati
January 21, 2007

There are many activities you enjoyed and watching TV was one of them, so I think it is only appropriate that I start with a quote from a movie. I wanted to use one of your favorite shows but nothing from Law and Order or My Blue Heaven seemed appropriate. So I’m going to quote from an old Favorite:

According to Forrest Gump’s mama, Life is like a box of chocolates.
I think life would be great, if this was true. But unlike life, chocolate boxes come with candy keys and maps to help direct you and when times get desperate there is always the option of sticking your finger in to see what is inside.

Life however is not like that. Life would be so great if it came with a key or map so we could all see what was in store for us. Wouldn’t it be great if we could prepare ourselves for the future? But, in life we never know what lies on the road ahead.

Dad, I don’t think you ever envisioned life to turn out the way it did.
As I think about you as a young teenager, I can only imagine what you had envisioned for the future. And then what happens? What I think was the first major road block in your life. You were drafted to Vietnam. As a scared teenager, life I’m sure, was not at all as you planned.
When you finally came home safely from fighting in the war, I’m sure you thought the toughest part of your life was over.
As we can all look back now and see…this was not to be.

Your return home was followed with happy times when you married mom.
And I know you and mom must have been so excited and proud when your first born child was a beautiful son and the first grandchild of the Baker family. When all seemed to be going well, you hit another road block called Lesch Nyhan Syndrome. Despite what the doctors advised, you and mom decided to raise your son and even decided to have another baby. And I must say: what a beautiful baby she was.

Over the next 30 years, you continued to have smooth and rough rides but none were too hard to overcome until now. You were always the toughest man I knew and never complained. So I can imagine how much your body was hurting for you to finally tell us.
You fought so hard and I know you didn’t want to go, but it was getting harder and harder for you to live. I know you would have wanted to stay with us, but that was not your choice. The Lord wanted to bring you home. Now you are free of pain and are sitting in the kingdom of Heaven.

Even though life was not at all as you planned, and there were many bumps and blocks in the road, as we look back we can see what a wonderful man you really were. How wonderful must a man be that even when dealt some lousy hands of cards in life, you would still smile and call the clubs “puppy feet?”

Growing up as Your Daughter was a privilege and an honor that is impossible to describe. When living in NY all I have to do was mention my Your name and I was treated differently. People’s eyes would open wide, a smile would appear, and the famous words, “Phil Baker’s your father? He’s a great guy.”

A great guy… you were a great guy with the biggest heart and everyone knew it.

As we prepare for the future…. it’s impossible to imagine life without you. Your smile, your laugh, your sarcasm, and your kind heart. How are we to go on without you?

That’s when…. we all need think about your life and what you did: you lived life to the fullest. And when given a bad hand, you would smile and laugh and keep playing.

I can’t wait to tell my baby all about their Poppy Bake, I don’t think I will ever run out of stories. The hard part will be picking from all of the wonderful memories of you.

Dad, I know you are in a better place, and knowing that will help all of us go on… even though life will never be the same without you.

Thank you for all you did for us, we love you and we are waiting for the day when we will all be together again.

I love you daddy!

Amy O'Wade
January 15, 2007
dear chris, phil and amy -

just want to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and hope that this difficult time will get a little easier each day

what a wonderful tribute the entire town paid to your husband and father - amy bravely speaking with such praise of her father - it is certainly something that i will never forget

john and i always enjoyed talking with phil - he was a super nice guy who always had a warm greeting for us -

your loss is shared by many but memories and stories of good times will always keep him near -
debbie sullivan
January 12, 2007
Dear Chris, I am so very sorry to hear about Phil...I will always remember him as such a gentle soul all through high school and beyond. I hope he meets Billy up in heaven.
With my prayers, Susan Smith
Susan Smith
January 9, 2007
my deepest sympathy to phil's family. we both graduated from LVHS. so very sorry to get this sad news.
January 8, 2007
January 8, 2007
Aunt Chris, Philip & Amy:

You all have my deepest sympathy. Time rushes past us all so quickly but I will never forget my cherished memories of growing up with you three and Uncle Phil.
Ken (Kenny) & Michelle Golden
January 8, 2007
Chris, Philip, and Amy,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family from me and my family. I remember plenty of times swimming at your house, and Uncle Phil was always as kind and generous as he could be. He will be missed greatly.
Love all of you,
Steve, Dana, Victoria, and Amanda Golden
Steve Golden
January 7, 2007
dear debbie and george and the baker's family.. i am sorry sorry to hear about phil. he was a nice guy. again i am very sorry..
miss you

call me ok.
pattiann marcus
January 6, 2007
With deepest sympathy to the entire family. I'm so sorry to hear about Phil. He is very much part of the memories I have of my cousins - all good memories. A great human being, a gentle giant, who will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Florence Marshall-Kibbe
January 5, 2007
Dear Chris, Philip and Amy,
I am sending you {{{Hugs}}} and warm thoughts. I know that this is a very difficult time, just remember you have tons of family and friends that you can lean on and want you lean on them when you need to.
I wanted to share one of my favorite memories with you... When I started dating Danny and he finally brought me to attend a family get together, Phil was one of the first people I met that day. I already met Tommy and Eva, but when you meet Phil for the first time, boy does he leave a very lasting impression on your heart and soul. He gave me a big HUG and said " What are you doing with this guy?" I just looked up and said "You know something, I'm not really sure" and Phil said "Ahhhh, you don't want to be with someone this short do you?" I just laughed. He knew that I was a little nervous meeting everyone and he broke the ice right away. I always loved him for that. His love and his warmth were bigger than life. He surely left his handprint on my heart and I will never forget him.
Love you all very much. You all are in my prayers.
Lynn Rosati
January 5, 2007
my heart felt sympathy to you chris and your family. no greater loss can one endear. phil was a great guy he always had a laugh either for you or at you . i remember many nights at long fires . i remember him with great fondness. linda minutoli
linda minutoli
January 5, 2007
Dear Chris,Phillip and Amy, We re so very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you all and Grace and all the Baker family. Pam and Ruth Roemer
Pamela Roemer
January 5, 2007
Debbie and family:

My deepest, heartfelt sympathies are with you at this most difficult time. May the wonderful memories of times shared comfort you always. Knowing you will again be together in heaven will hopefully ease your sorrow.
Joan Flynn
January 5, 2007
Chris,Phillip and Amy

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bake. We had so many good times together at the F.D and ball games. My thought and prayers are with you at this time. Rhino
Mike Terrell
January 4, 2007
Chris, Philip & Amy,
I remember you all so well. I am so sorry you are going through this now. Philip was a wonderful person. Remember all the good times. I miss NY so much and think of you often. Fire events were not the same if you all were not there. Thank you for being a friend!

Betty Horan Gloner
Betty Gloner
January 3, 2007
With deepest sympathy,My thought's are with your family.
Nancy Hopps
January 3, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Lee Zebrowski
January 3, 2007
May God comfort you and your family at this time. Just remember to trust in him with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Mervia Joyner
January 3, 2007
One thing I fondly remember, Dear Phil, is dancing with You.
WE all just danced alot ~ smiles all the way!! Started at Your Wedding in my lil green dress & been movin' it ever since!! You always made sure to ask me to dance & we always had so much fun together, GO METS!!!! Of course, Phillip (i have always spelt Phil Jr. with 2 l's, blame Mom;) and I have torn up a dance floor or two, ESPECIALLY AT THE BALL!! And I have plenty of pictures of Chris and I jiggin' it up!! !!!! I even remember Amy tuggin’, "Gela, dance with Me!!" ~ she loved to learn new moves, even before NKOTB!!!!
One thing for sure, when You have the chance to sit it out or dance,
You dance!! You keep dancing & I'll keep everyone dancing here too ~ and we'll feel You gliding right along side with us~
As always, I love You ~ Forever in My Heart, 'little'(ha-ha) Angela xx00 LET’S GO METS!!!!
An-Gela Rosati
January 3, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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January 2, 2007
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