Robert Gordon Baker
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.