Frederick Andrew Baker
Frederick Andrew Baker, “Andy” passed away at his home in Bremerton on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the age of 36. Andy was an incredible person who led a colorful life full of family, many friends, amazing food creations, dazzling theatrical productions, and exciting travels.
Andy spent his youth at Crown Hill Elementary School down on Rocky Point Road where he astounded his teachers with his quick wit and thirst for knowledge. His love for learning and reading began at a young age when his Grandmother, Eileen Jacobs, would read to Andy, his brother and cousins every day on a variety of subjects. It is a passion that would continue into his adult years.
Andy’s wonderful singing voice was discovered by his teacher, Cassie Gillis, in middle school which led to a life long love of theater. He was a part of many theater organizations and was active for many years: Bremerton High School, Bremerton Community Theater (BCT), the Performing Arts Guild of South Kitsap (PAG), and the Central Stage Theatre (CSTOCK) where he also directed. His years in theater brought out the best in Andy and lead him to make wonderful, strong friendships during his life. Interestingly, Andy also got to be an extra in the hit movie “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999) so count how many times you see him the next time you watch it!
Andy also had a passion for cooking and he really created magic with food. Being a “MacGyver” in the kitchen he could take random ingredients and create a 5-Star Meal for everyone. Often, he was found in the kitchen with his favorite set of ceramic knives and his marble mortar & pestle cooking up old family recipes to serve to family. He always wanted to make sure everyone was fed and happy before he sat down to eat.
Andy got to visit 17 different countries throughout his lifetime. He traveled to Australia with “Knights Down Under” on a junket with the Music Department in 2000. He also got to backpack throughout Europe with his brother, Tony, and cousin, Conner. In 2005 he moved to Goodyear, Arizona and lived there for five years until moving back to Bremerton, Washington in 2010 where he lived until his passing.
Andy is preceded in death by his grandmother, Eileen Marie Jacobs, his grandfather, Andrew Albert Jacobs, and his grandfather Frederick Allen Baker, Jr.
Andy is survived by his beloved dog, Jack Woo, his Mother, Susan Ella Baker, his Father, Frederick A. Baker III and his wife Rena Baker, his brother, Anthony J. Baker and his wife Kajal Baker, his Grandmother, Cynthia I. Baker, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Please join us for a potluck Celebration of Life following the service held at the Elks Lodge Pavilion:
4131 Pine Rd. NE
Bremerton, WA 98310
- Public Viewing Monday, June 18, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, June 18, 2018
- Pot Luck Celebration of Life Monday, June 18, 2018
Frederick Andrew Baker
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June 17, 2018
Andy Baker, an unforgettable first grader in the 80s. I can picture Andy sitting with a group of friends in my class at Crown Hill. He was kind and compassionate to every child, full of fun, enthusiastic about learning; A teacher’s dream student.
Recalling our last conversation while standing next to the dairy section along the back wall in Fred Meyer, very late, perhaps 11 pm, a few years ago:
Andy bubbled with enthusiasm over his happiness in life. After maybe 45 minutes, we hugged-twice-and I left with a song in my heart.
It’s an aching heart now for all who will miss unforgettable Andy Baker; still a first grader in my teacher’s memory bank.
Sending love to Andy’s family.
June 16, 2018
Andy is the person who suggested I audition for BCTs Once Upon a Mattress. We were in The Producers together and he said there was s part I would be perfect for. I didn’t get that part but I was cast in the ensemble with my daughter. That experience opened up a whole new world of theatre for both of us. He was so much fun to be in a show with. His wit, talent and big heart will always have a special place in my own heart. I didn’t see him often but when I did it was like seeing an old friend. He will be missed.
June 16, 2018
I am so sad of the loss of Andy. Although I didn't know him, I have such fond memories of the Baker family when they lived in Elaine Court, and that you loved the neighborhood so much that you moved three houses up the street. Oh my dear Cindy, you were such an inspiration and friend to my girls, Linda, Sally and Kimm and created all kinds of fun for all the kids in the neighborhood that I know you carried this on with all your grandbabies. Andy was so blessed to have this loving and fun gramma. From the video he looks like a young man I would have enjoyed knowing. And, Fredie, my heart is filled with sadness for your loss. Our children are not supposed to leave before us. Know I love you and your family, and that my prayers for peace and comfort, and strength and encourage are laid up for you. God bless you all,
Love, Jeanne Balter
June 15, 2018
Fred and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I just can't imagine the pain that you and your family are going through. May God bless you and yours during this sad sad time.
Love to you all
Jim And Debbie Corso
June 14, 2018
Andy had a big heart, a wonderful smile and a genuine kindness for everyone that he encountered. He will be missed by everyone that had the honor and privilege of calling him friend. Take care Baker family......you are all loved!
Heather Werkheiser (Cummings)
June 13, 2018
Andy was my very good friend all throughout middle school we would talk, hang out and sing phantom of the Opera together, we lost touch for many years, but he was always on my heart.. in december when I moved back from California,and my life fell apart at the seams, we reconnected and got to know eachother as adults.. We became so close, talking every day and seeing eachother all the time, Andy is one of the best men I’ve ever known.. kind and caring, and so supportive always.. All the abuse I’ve endured from the hands of terrible men in the past was known by Andy, and he constantly showed me how much he cared for and supported me in everything in my life bad and good.. He brought such light to my life and I felt the warmth every time we talked. I talked to him the night before he passed away, and he comforted me about going to the dentist.. I was so nervous about it, seems so trivial now.. I miss you Andy so much already.. it was the little things every day that I’ll miss.. your loving smile and laugh, and how you always made me feel happier.. even when things seemed grim. My heart is broken.. I miss you. Now that you’re gone I’m hearing so many beautiful stories of you and how much light you brought to everyone.. I hope you knew how much I cared.. and always will.
June 12, 2018
There are so many memories of the Baker boys who grew up with my kids. PeeWees, school and working on the film together "Ten Things I Hate About You". We had some fun times on that set. Working late into the night and then up early for the next call. I spent a lot of time with both of you boys and you were always so respectful. I do remember that Andy, who was older but still was so much more mature then the other kids his age. I found it to be a big help having him around because of that.:) He helped me "wrangle" kids. His heart was huge and that is reflecting in all the kind words and memories shared on this and Facebook but also reflective of how he was brought up. He has left a huge mark on this world. His kindness that I saw while working on the film has touched many lives since then. His life was cut so short but in that amount of time he has done a lot of wonderful things by being such a wonderful person. Hold on to those memories. They will be there for you to look back on forever. He will remain in all those memories of all those people whose lives he touched and will be in your heart forever as well. We were all so lucky to have known him. Love and prayers to all of you from the Taie/Bollinger family
June 12, 2018
Andy was a gentle soul. I remember being so intimidated by him and all the upper classmen when I got a part in Kiss Me Kate. He went out of his way to help me become part of that established family and fast became over of my best friends and someone I turned to for advice. He made me part of his own family as well and I can't count the number of times I broke curfew to talk to him well into the night about our futures, our dreams and our sorrows.
I remember house sitting for Pat Laney and feeling like real grown ups for the first time. I remember being able to be vulnerable with Andy in a way I hadn't experienced before, or since if we're being honest. He was one of the best people I ever had the pleasure of knowing and life pulled the two of us in wildly different directions as it does. We touched base infrequently as years went by but he always held a special place in my heart and brought a smile to my face.
June 12, 2018
You were a BOSS in your own right and I respected you very much. I felt that you always had a light for us through our own doubts and suspicions and through your own love of the craft and the arts you became and hidden driven force of inspiration in my own quest to be great, in my own craft. You will truly be missed in the physical yet never forgotten BREDRIN... Guide us continuously through all our days until we join you and the ancestors. Forever BREDRIN. #iambazilmuzik
June 12, 2018
Andy, although I wanted to beat you for taping your lines to a stool on stage during a performance, I loved you and you could always make me laugh. My heart hurts for you and your family. I'll never forget your brief stint with Phil and Dan singing as the Kitsap Tenors and how beautiful you all sounded. Be at peace, my friend.
June 11, 2018
My heart and prayers are to Your family and friends who are left behind. Andy you touched so many people’s lives I pray you know how much you are loved and will be missed deeply! I was saddened to see the news that you have left us. I am grateful for our chats and your always trying to get me into theater. Shine on my fabulously beautiful friend you will be missed!!!
Danielle Aldana Priest
June 11, 2018
Yesterday was your birthday. I was reminiscing about all of our theatre highjinks and sent you a PM that I missed you and needed a chat. Today, I found out you are gone.
You were insanely talented, kind, caring and such a huge part of so many of my favorite theatre experiences.
Thank you for being my friend. I will miss you so...