Joseph R Baker

August 4, 1936May 10, 2013

Joseph R. Baker, 76, of Tequesta, FL died Friday, May 10. 2013. Joe was born in White Plains, NY, of Ralph and Laura Baker. He grew up in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. After graduating from Livingston Manor High School, he joined the Army where he served in For Knox, KY and in Germany. He then attended Orange County Community College before graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY in 1962. He subsequently went on to receive a Masters in Electrical Engineering from RPI in 1965 and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University in 1985. He was primarily employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for 32 years after receiving his undergraduate engineering degree. He spent 1 1/2 years at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA early in his career and a short time at Combustion Engineering in Windsor Locks, CT. He was transferred to Pratt and Whitney's West Palm Beach facility from East Hartford, CT in 1977. He became an avid fisherman and boater while in Florida following his youthful interest in the outdoors while in the Catskill Mountains and CT. He retired from Pratt and Whitney in 1996 and spent many of his happiest hours fixing, puttering and inventing. He holds several patents of which he was very proud. He and his wife also loved traveling in the United States, both in their RV and in their boat, a 42' Grand Banks trawler. The boat, "Free Spirit", led them on a 6,000 mile journey named the "Great Loop" which courses along the waterways of the US and Canada.

He leaves to mourn, his loving wife of 50 years, Marcella, his son Keith H (and Pamela) Baker of Lexington, MA and his son, Christopher M (and Melissa) Baker of Norcross, GA, grandchildren, Kimberly L. Baker of NY, NY, Christopher C. Baker of Lexington, MA, Thawm Sung of Lexington, MA, Chase J. Baker, Jessica K. Baker, and Samantha L. Baker, all of Norcross, GA. He also leaves five surviving siblings, Elizabeth, Oneda, Christine, Mark and Barbara. He is predeceased by his brothers Jake, Jack, Jim and sisters Bernadine and Thelma. He will be sorely missed by his many nephews and nieces.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Joseph R Baker

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May 17, 2013

My deepest sympathies to your family . Joe and I worked together at P&W . Joe was a welcome coworker and and a good friend at work. We traded many fishing stories .

Mike McGlone

May 15, 2013

Joe will surly be missed. Wes Annas his friend and co-worker

Bill Kopelcheck

May 14, 2013

So sad to hear of the passing of Joe, his personality and humor will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with your family through these sad times.
Bill, Peggy, Will, Chris and Joanne Kopelcheck

Bernie Kerr

May 14, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Robert & Patricia Nowak

May 14, 2013

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband. As a fellow
employee at Pratt & Whitney I found Joe to be one of the most
professional and respected engineers I worked with. Our prayers are
with you.

May 14, 2013

Sorrry for your loss may god give you comfort in your time of need isa-65

May 13, 2013

We were all so sad to hear of Uncle Joe's passing. Our prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness.
Jeff, Cheryl, Courtney and Jeffrey Baker

Janis Payne & Family

May 12, 2013

To the BAKER Family, I worked under him many years @ P&W. He was such a great supervisor and had a kind spirit. May you all find PEACE in knowing that he is in a better place. God bless is my sincere prayer!

May 12, 2013

We would like to express our sincere sympathy on the passing of your father and husband. Our prayers are with you and your family. Eleanor and William Cotter.