Vernon Lyle Baker

December 7, 1952January 3, 2018

Late Vernon Lyle Baker - Tenás-t ‘Magoo’ / ‘Bakes’ Sunrise: December 7, 1952 – Sunset: January 3, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear elder Vernon Lyle Baker. Vern was born to his mother Hazel Loretta (nee Johnston) and Ronald Thomas Baker.

Vern grew up on Mission Reserve #1 then later resided on the Capilano reserve where he raised his girls. He was a great athlete, playing basketball and soccer, but he is most remembered for his high achievements in lacrosse. He played with the Coquitlam J-Hawks Junior A’s and later with the North Shore Indians. He coached with Lance Baker and Sam Seward a Ladies basketball team to provincial championship and refereed basketball in his spare time. Vern attended St. Paul’s Indian Residential school, St. Thomas Aquinas and Langara college.

He worked many years for NV school district and was well known, respected and loved by all youth from our Nation and the Norgate community. Vern is fondly remembered as a strong community member and role model. He attended many community events always ready to greet friends and family with a big smile and hug. Vern was a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a loved brother and “uncle” in our community and he will be deeply missed.

Vern is survived by his loving wife Alice Doris Maurina Baker; and daughters Shannon Dawn Baker and Casey Dyan Gloria Baker; granddaughters Sarai Tahra-Dawn Baker-Small Legs and Ayayasha-Brielle Baker-Gittens; siblings Karen Baker, William Warren Baker (Daneen), Bonita Lee Baker (Manuel), Heather Ann Baker (James), Thomas Glenn Baker, Victoria Lynn Michels (Bob) and many nephews and nieces.

A prayer service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm and a funeral service on Tuesday Janunary 9, 2018 at 10:00 am both at Chief Joe Mathias Centre, 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 8, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Vernon Lyle Baker

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January 13, 2018

Our condolences to Vern's family. We met him at Norgate Elementary when our children attended. He was always so welcoming to them and offered some good advice along with some gentle teasing (and perhaps the occasional prank as they got older) We hope good memories of him help support his loved ones at this time. The Duvals - David, Annette, Daniel, Andrew, Amy and Brian

carolyn and eugene pizzinato

January 11, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the news of Vern's
passing A wonderful man and a wonderful father Our sincere condolences to his family

January 9, 2018

It is with a heavy heart to hear the news of Vern's passing. I had the pleasure to play against Vern in Sr. B lacrosse in the late 70's. I had the best time playing on the same team with Vern in Australia at the Worlds Masters in Perth in 2002. In Vern's later years, it was always enjoyable to referee Vern in the Masters division.
Vern was always a gentleman both on and off the floor and well respected by all team players and referees. He will not be forgotten.
On behalf of myself and the officials lacrosse association, my most sincere condolences to the family.
The service was excellent. Well done to everyone involved.

Jody Weatherby

Nickey Elder

January 9, 2018

My heart hurts at the loss of such a wonderful person. Always had a kind and encouraging word, from the early days at Norgate in the 80's to as recently as a couple months ago when I last saw him. You were an integral part of so many people's lives, we are all so much better for having known you. RIP Vern.


January 8, 2018

Will miss your smile,our Norgator.

Tito & Fiona Arcos

Craig Lennon

January 8, 2018

I will miss him . We spent alot of time in the basketball season having great discussions on many topics. He could not say enough of how proud he was of his family. I will miss him .

Dennis Braam

January 8, 2018

It was a shock to read of Vern's passing today, as I had just seen him recently at the Joe Mathias Centre during a basketball tournament and he had the same energy as when I first met him almost thirty years ago. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed the times that we reffed basketball games together. He had a big heart and never a bad word for anyone. My most sincere condolences to his family.

Victoria Gates

January 8, 2018

So sorry to hear of Vern's passing. I will always cherish his laugh and passing smile when I saw him in the children's school.

Shannon Dalzell

January 7, 2018

Vern was a part of the Coquitlam Adanacs lacrosse history. First playing for the Jr. J- Hawks and Jr. Adanacs. His stats proved his abilities. Vern was a well liked caring individual. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him. RIP "Vernie" My condolences to the family. Shannon Gallagher Dalzell

Ted Baranyai

January 7, 2018

So sorry to hear of Vern's passing. Had the privilege of meeting him when I played a season for the Sr.B North Shore Indians and ran into him many times when reffing games. Vern always had a big smile and a friendly greeting. Truly a loss for his family, the community and the whole lacrosse fraternity.