Robert Gordon Baker

July 7, 2016 13 Condolences Print Obituary

April 16, 1946 – July 3, 2016

With sadness in our hearts, the family announces that Bob passed away quietly at the U of A Hospital at the age of 70.

Bob was born in Ottawa, the only child of Gordon & Phyllis Baker (nee Smith). Both parents had careers in the RCAF.  Bob lived and traveled abroad growing up, eventually settling in Greenfield Park, QC. He started a career with Bell Telephones, then in 1976, moved his family west to work for Edmonton Telephones.  He retired in 2002 after making many lifelong friends. Bob loved the outdoors; camping, fishing and hunting were among his favorite activities. He was also dedicated to coaching his favorite sports teams from his spot on the sofa.

Bob was a very loving man and was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. Daughter Christine (Jim Harbidge) and grandchildren Michael, Thomas, Calvin & Sarah, daughter Wendi Crowe (John) and grandchildren Zachary & Tess, son Nick and grandchildren Austin & Trinity, and daughter Natalie and granddaughter Tatyana.

He is also survived by his devoted longtime partner Linda Bird and many close friends. Bob always took a sincere interest in others, and cherished his many friendships.

Please join us for a casual celebration of Bob’s life at the Glengarry Community Hall (13325 89 Street NW, Edmonton) on July 12 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Valour Place Military Family Support House, 11109 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0C6 (please make cheque payable to ‘Valour Place Society’).

In Bob’s memory, a park bench will be donated to the City by his family and will be located in Glengarry Park.

  1. To Linda,, Christine & Wendi, Nick,and your Families,, Please accept our Condolences & Sympathy at this time. So Sorry to hear this very sad news,, Bob was a good friend of ours and we spent many happy times when you lived in Greenfield Park before you moved out west.. It was great to see Bob & Linda a couple of yeras ago at the town centennial,, we sure had a lot of catching up to do.
    Wishing All of You Peace at this time. ,,,, Sheila & John Geraghty.

    • Thank you Sheila and John, your kind words are appreciated at this time.

  2. Sad news,I was happy to see Bob when he visited the Legion, 0ne of the original “BEARING BURNERS”, the stories I could tell, where did time go?Donnie R.

    • Thanks Donnie, I would love to hear some of the story’s about Dad. He had a Bearing Burners license plate and looked at it with pride. He truly loved that club!!

  3. Sad to hear this news, Bob was one of the original Bearing Burners, could tell a story or two! Sadly missed!
    Donald

  4. My sincere condolences to all Bob’s family. Bob and I were in the same graduating class from Royal George High School in 1963. We were all part of the same “gang” during our teenage years and I have fond memories of the fun we had during those years. So many of our group have been taken too soon. My deepest sympathy.

    • Thank you Janet, your kind words are appreciated at this time.

  5. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. I met Bob in Grade 9 at Royal George High School in Greenfield Park. He was a fun guy. My husband, Denis, knew him from the Bearing Burners. It is so sad to read of another old friend passing too soon. Our prayers are with the family.

    • Thanks Bonnie, he always had an amazing smile when he spoke of the bearing burners, he loved that club!!

  6. Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You and your family are in my thoughts. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    Love, Kristy and Melody.

    • Thanks Kristy, appreciate your kind words!!

  7. Meeting and speaking with Bob always brought an uplifting feeling by his smile, friendly disposition and easy-going manner. He is remembered as someone you could feel totally comfortable with. A blessing to have worked and known him.
    Condolences go out to his family. May you find solace in the joy he shared.

  8. Linda – My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.
    Lorna

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