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Louis Frederick Baker

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Louis Frederick Baker

August 30, 1928 - November 8, 2023

Died peacefully at home after a brief battle with cancer. Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Katherine (nee Thiessen). Loving father of Karen (Nick) and Adrian (Sherry). Dear grandfather of Braydan (Savannah), Kyler (Shaye), Stephanie (Chris), Nathaniel (Abby) and great grandfather of Atlas, Lyzza, Demetri, Illyria, Isla, Mackenzie and Cameron. Louis was born in Selsey Sussux, England and immigrated to Canada in 1950. He was a man of many talents and a master of them all. His parents needed a house, he built it. He enjoyed art, so he painted it. (both watercolour and acrylic). Our mom needed furniture – he designed and crafted it. He enjoyed music so he sang in choirs, performed at local functions and even won a singing contest at Victoria Hall. Louis built museum quality model boats. Specializing in RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute replicas) of which his grandfather was a coxswain. He carved old English style rocking horsed for his grandchildren, which are still used by his great grandchildren today. Photography and model railroads were also hobbies he enjoyed. He married his beloved wife in 1962 and they raised their two children in the Cobourg area. He worked at Brookside Training School for many years and maintained friendships with many of his former colleagues. After his retirement, and despite his tendency towards solitude, he and our mother befriended an amazing group of people affectionately named “the coffee club”. They would meet for a hot beverage, and laugh every morning. Those relationships were held in high regard until his passing. The last year and a half of his life, he resided with his daughter and son ii law in Petrolia. He enjoyed his new community (especially his neighbours) and relished in familiarizing himself withal the roads in Lambton County. We will miss him, but we will let him go. Cremation has taken place with a service to be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank Care Partners, VON, Bayshore Homecare and Dr. McSweeney. Special mention to Richard, Lucy, Jane and Mary, without whose support we would have been able to fulfill Dad’s final wishes. If desired donations may be made to Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

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Gordon Jibb - May 9, 2024

Worked with Lou at the School, partnered with him. Somewhere in his picture library will be ones of our farm. He loved to come visit and always took the good shots. He had a sense of humour all his own, which I enjoyed immensely. My condolences. Sincerely Gord

Frances Varden - November 24, 2023

So sorry to hear about your Dad; my condolences to all the family.

Kim Ward - November 21, 2023

Karen, Adrian and families so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of both your parents. I still have plants and recipes to remember them by. I also remember when your Dad finished that rocking horse. It was beautiful and he was so proud. Rightly so. God bless. Kim

Brennan Scanlon - November 20, 2023

Karen and Adrian, my condolences on the passing of your father.

Cousin Anne - November 17, 2023

Dearest Louis you were all that has been said of you. You were truly courageous, loyal, loving and my dearest of cousins. Forever and always in my heart, I will love and miss you always. Your loving cousin Anne.

Mike McCurdy - November 16, 2023

Sorry for your loss. Worked with Lou at Brookside.

Fran Marsh - November 16, 2023

Lou was part of the 230 King family. We were sorry to see him leave when he had to move and again now that he has passed. Many of us have one of his beautiful paintings as a remembrance of a one-of-a-kind man. Sincere condolences to his family.

Audrey Molenaar - November 15, 2023

Karen Nick Adrian and family, So sorry for your loss of a wonderful dad and grandpa, Lou was a great person who was loved by so many loved to make people laugh. May all your great memories give yo u comfort at this difficult time.

John Stillwell - November 15, 2023

Karen and Adrian and family sorry for your loss. Louis was a great friend and always had a story to tell. I was one of the morning coffee group at Timmys and Mcdonalds. He will surely be missed. Rest easy Louis.

Katherine Hetherington - November 15, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Audrey Molenaar - November 15, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Rebecca Goddard - November 15, 2023

Karen, Adrian and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. But what a full and great life he lead. My sincerest condolences. Rebecca

Debbie Wannamaker - November 15, 2023

Pleads accept my sincerest condolences. Louis was such a lovely man. He was always ready with a good story or a funny joke. Whenever I saw him he put a smile on my face. He will be happy to be with his beloved Katherine again. RIP🙏

Jean Parry - November 14, 2023

Lou was such a lovely man who had so many talents and a good sense of humour. I was honoured to have known him.

Sophia Davey - November 14, 2023

So sorry to hear of Lou’s passing he was a lovely man of many talents Inonly knew him for a short time but enjoyed talking to him about his art rip Lou

Jim Maguire - November 14, 2023

I remember working at Brookside Youth Centre. He painted some logos for the Youth to brighten up the Rec. Room at Martin House. He always tried his best to work with the Youth to help them. Seems long time ago and far away. My condolences. Rest Easy.

Damon Whitney - November 14, 2023

A great friend, a life well lived. Rest in Peace Lou.

Joyce Pollard - November 14, 2023

Karen and Adrian Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I was your teacher for a while at Baltimore school (Joyce Winter). After we all moved on, my husband Ted and I used to meet both your mom and dad while walking at the mall. I’ve thought of them often. Take comfort in your memories.