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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Fred Sidney Baker Jr.

April 5, 1927March 22, 2020

PORTLAND - Fred Sidney Baker Jr., “Papa” 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 22, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation & Residence Nursing Home in Portland. He was born on April 5, 1927 the son of Fred S. Baker Sr. and Ada F. (Mitchell) Baker. He was educated in the Portland schools. At age 17 he joined the US Naval Air force conducting rescue missions. After the war he returned to finished high school. In June of 1948 he graduated from MVTI in Augusta, Maine. The next day he married the love of his life Irma E. Simmons.

As a teenager he worked at Nissan’s Bakery and setting up bowling pins at the local alley. After Tech school he worked installing TV antennas, mechanic at Eastern Tractor, Salesman at Arnold Machinery and manager at Holmes Distributors. Fred was a long time member of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Portland. He served on committees and loved putting on the Baked Bean suppers. He was also a lifetime member of the Portland, Maine Elks Lodge #188. He and his wife Irma enjoyed many events there including dancing the night away on many New Year’s Eves.

Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, cooking, gardening, (loved his apple trees and apple pies) and spending time with family and friends. After retiring Fred and Irma traveled: A Caribbean cruise, Hawaii vacation, and going to their timeshare in Aruba which they enjoyed for many years. He spent time with his children helping his son Glenn build a horse barn and his son-in-law Arnold with logging and other home projects. He was always helping his family and friends with a kind heart.

Fred was a very proud veteran of WWII. He had a flag flying in his yard and wore his Navy hat everywhere he went. He had the privilege to visit the war memorials in Washington DC in 2015 with Maine’s “Honor Flight” with his son Fred Baker III as his escort. Fred and Irma lived in Falmouth, ME for 50 years and were currently living at The Park Danforth in Portland where Irma still resides.

Fred was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Rosalie MacDonald and Norma Clark, and a brother as an infant.

He is survived by His Wife of 71 years, Irma E. Baker, his children Fred S. Baker III and his wife Carol of Dartmouth, MA, Glenn A. Baker and his wife Joy of Searsport, ME, and Paula E. Baizley and her husband Arnold of Richmond, VT. Also surviving six grandchildren, Ian, Carissa, Robert, Gabriel, Angela and David; six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Gracie, Dillon, Cameron and John; and 3 Great-great grandchildren Abigail, Eliana, and Rebecca, and several nieces and nephews.

A private service is planned with Irma and her children at 10:30am and can be viewed by others on Facebook under Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home page. A celebration service will be held at a later date. Fred will be buried at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

You may offer your condolences or share your memories at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Ruby MacDonald

March 28, 2020

My heart goes out to my aunt Irma, your children (my cousins), and the rest of your family. I cannot fathom the difficulty of losing the love of your life after 71 blissful years, particularly in these present times when you are secluded from your family. My thoughts are with you every day. I'm also focusing on wonderful memories of you and uncle Fred and my cousins from our childhoods. Panther pond will always be etched in my mind as a wonderful place my parents would bring us to to play and swim, eat, laugh and be merry. The big, black inner tubes out on the lake were the best. I also keep thinking about how much you have meant to my mother over many, many years. You were so kind and giving to her and she loved you both dearly. She and uncle Fred exchanged evening phone calls through January of this year. They also both knew they were "on their way home" and it was like a race to the finish. Norma did beat her "little brother" by 12 days, but in the meantime, she kept up with her P. T. as instructed by him. I was so happy to be able to share photos of her with him at Seaside in February, and take a couple of photos of him to share with her. She loved her brother so much. Now they are together and have no more struggle, only peace. So it's now up to all of us, aunt Irma, to provide you with as much peace and comfort as we can. I look forward to calling you often and visiting as soon as circumstances allow. I love you and wish you peace, safety and good health. Your niece, Ruby.

MARTIAL MASON

March 26, 2020

I am sorry to read this. My condolences to the Baker Family.

Rich Hughen

March 26, 2020

Fred was such a nice guy with always a smile. He was an active member of United Methodist Men and I share fond memories of our trips to Purdue. He shared many stories with me on my visits with him and Irma. My thoughts are with you Irma and your family. May God grant you all wonderful memories in these difficult days!

Jeffrey Smith

March 26, 2020

My heart felt condolences go out to Irma. Fred, Glen, and Paula and all of your family's.
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Fred from my brother Dana.
I was honored to know Fred and his family, for as long as I can remember, they were in my life.
RIP Fred. Say Hi to my mom.

Cindy MacDonald Mellin

March 25, 2020

I remember the long road trips to Waterville to visit Uncle Fred and Aunt Irma and romp and play with Fred and Glenn and Paula, and how wonderful the times were when they visited us on Neal Street, and the special times we enjoyed at Panther Pond. Such fond memories.
And now that you have courageously fought your last battle, Uncle Fred, you are free to enjoy the peace and joy you looked forward to all your life, and join the many who have gone before you. I am happy you are no longer in pain, that you are at great peace and full of joy.
Yours and Aunt Irma's love and care for my mom will long be remembered and cherished. Thank you for your many visits, she enjoyed them immensely.
These times have been particularly tough for all the children and their children... I offer my prayers and thoughts to Fred and Carol, Glenn and Joy, and Paula and Arnold. May God comfort each of you and hold you close.

Fran Neumann

March 25, 2020

My heart felt sympathy goes out to Irma, their 2 sons Fred and Glenn and daughter Paula and their spouses and their children. I met the Bakers when they Wintered in Florida a few winters and we became friends. Fred was a wonderful quite man that would do anything for anyone. It was a friendship I valued very much and we stayed in contact all these years. Fred will be sadly missed by many.
You are all in my prayers. Rest in Peace Fred!!!!!

David Warchol

March 25, 2020

So sorry to hear of Fred passing. i only knew Fred a short time, but he was always so warm and friendly.
my thoughts and prayers to his family.

Mary-Jane Robichaud

March 25, 2020

I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Fred's family at this time of great loss. Fred meant the world to you and many others. I met Fred at Chestnut St. United Methodist Church in 1977, so I have been lucky to have known him for 43 years. Fred was a giver in so many ways: to family, friends, and many others. I always enjoyed celebrating wedding anniversaries and vow renewals. Just looking at Fred and Irma you could see and feel their amazing love. We will all miss him.

Terri Douglass

March 25, 2020

Mom and I are very sorry for your loss, Irma. Mom remembers some good times at Watchic Lake with Eddie, Ellen, Marcel. Love Wilma Gouzie and Terri.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY