OBITUARY

Timothy J. Baker

May 21, 1951April 24, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Timothy J. “Tim” Baker of Ogdensburg, NY announces his passing. A 14-year pancreatic cancer survivor he lived every day to the fullest and was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Tim was born in Ogdensburg on May 21, 1951. He was a member of the 1969 last graduating class of St. Mary’s Academy and went on to earn his Associate Degree in Business Administration at Canton College. Upon graduation he joined the St. Lawrence National Bank (now Community Bank) where he held a number of different positions including head of the Credit Department and Loan Processing; Vice President, Commercial and Consumer lending group; Merger and Acquisition team leader; Chief Financial Officer; and Senior Vice President and Director of Special Projects. He retired in 2016.

His boundless energy kept him active in a wide variety of local organizations. He was especially active in the Knights of Columbus where he was Past Grand Knight, Past President, and Past State Chairman. He also was active in the Elks Club, the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge, Remnant Folk Group, Seaway Festival Committee, and Showtime. He coached for youth sports of hockey, football and baseball and was an officer and director in adult basketball and softball leagues. He was instrumental in the founding of the OFA and St. Mary’s Hall of Fame. His many hobbies included playing the guitar and entertaining at his home on the St. Lawrence, his true passion. Tim loved the Red Sox and his cats. And he was a man of great faith and a devout member of the St. Mary’s Cathedral and Notre Dame Parishes.

Tim is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Shannon Kelly; his brother Reg (Pat) of Ann Arbor, MI; a sister, Brenda of Oswego, NY; his brother Jeff (Lee) of Seattle, WA; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren “Bunk” Baker and Annabelle “Belle” Baker, both of Ogdensburg.

At Tim’s request there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday, April 28. The family will receive family and friends beginning at 9:00AM. COVID 19 guidelines will be enforced.

In lieu flowers donations may be made to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA and the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center.

Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Receiving of Friends

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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James and Linda Caster

May 4, 2021

Our deepest sympathy the Shannon and all of Tim's family. He was such a lovely person and will be missed. Blessings that he is no longer suffering and is rejoicing with the Lord.
God Bless You all.

Maribel and Alex Rule

May 3, 2021

Tim was such a big personality. He would light up a room and bring joy wherever he was. Quick witted, fun and loving. We will miss him until we meet again in Heaven.

Jane Hackett Backus

April 29, 2021

Tim was one of the heart and soul members of the Remnant, and someone I admired for his leadership and community commitment. Prayers for his family and closest friends. May he rest in peace.

Alexander Rule

April 29, 2021

A faithful friend and confidant, Tim always included others in his fun and always made us welcome, he will be missed terribly until we get to meet again

Valerie and Larry Puccia

April 29, 2021

Larry and I are saddened to hear of the passing of our great friend of near 60 years! Tim was an icon before it’s time.
Having graduated the same year, Tim and I had a lot of fun memories. Our 2 schools were as close as one. Tim fought a long hard battle with cancer, and did it with class throughout. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shannon, Patty and all of Tim’s family. He is now resting in peace and is in the hands of God !
Tim will be forever missed 🙏

Bill Merna

April 28, 2021

Tim's organizational skills and can-do attitude will be missed almost as much as his smile and good humor. Very sorry for your loss Shannon and all of Tim's family.

Alynia Rule

April 28, 2021

He will be sorely missed. I remember him playing music with my dad (Alan Rule) and adding a few spats for good measure though they always seemed to have a great deal of fun. At least dad did. Tim could share expressions that surpassed any conversation... and he was a patient man. I shall miss singing along with them. Slainte, Tim.

Blake Adkins

April 28, 2021

Condolences from the Adkins family in Oswego, NY. We are friends of Craig's and enjoyed a visit with Craig, Colleen and the whole family at Tim and Shannon's beautiful home on the SLR a few summers ago. Their warm hospitality was very much appreciated. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to the Baker family.

Christopher Premo

April 27, 2021

We were all deeply saddened to hear of Tim's recent passing. Shannon, Reg, Brenda and Jeff please accept our most heartfelt condolences, we have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Each of us has our own special memories of times shared with Tim at our family reunions, cookouts at camp on the River and many wonderful Christmas Eves.

For me I will always remember my confirmation at St. Mary's and how happy I was to have Tim as my sponsor as he was someone I always respected. His love of life, family, friends and service was an inspiration to me and provided an example which I have attempted to emulate in my own life.

These special memories we will hold in our hearts as we remember Tim. God bless him.

Love always,
Chris, Danette and the Premo family

Celina Lashomb Burns

April 27, 2021

To all of Tim’s family my sincere condolences. I had the privilege of attending St Mary’s Academy and being part of the Remnant Folk-singing group with Tim. He used to love to sing, “What Color is God’s Skin?” Boy, doesn’t that have meaning today.! I can just see him now, strumming up a storm with Ray Messina and my brother, Joe Lashomb. What a reunion! “Walking on down the road, called the road of life” until we meet again, my friend!

FROM THE FAMILY