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In Memory of

Stuart Reid Baker

July 24, 1930 - June 12, 2017

Obituary


As gentle, quiet, and unassuming an individual as you're likely to meet - who dedicated his life to serving his country, his community, and his fellow man - has shuffled off his mortal coil and transcended to the next spiritual plane.

On June 12, 2017, Stuart Baker passed on after a battle with cancer. And although the cancer claimed him in the end, he did not lose any battles to it. As the disease progressed, Stuart continued to serve his Cape Cod community by providing bus transportation for the elderly and the infirm.

As gentle, quiet, and unassuming an individual as you're likely to meet - who dedicated his life to serving his country, his community, and his fellow man - has shuffled off his mortal coil and transcended to the next spiritual plane.

On June 12, 2017, Stuart Baker passed on after a battle with cancer. And although the cancer claimed him in the end, he did not lose any battles to it. As the disease progressed, Stuart continued to serve his Cape Cod community by providing bus transportation for the elderly and the infirm.

He served the Centerville, Yarmouth, and West Yarmouth historical societies as a dedicated Cape Cod subject matter expert. The Cape was rooted deeply in him and his passion was sharing the history and news about his home.

Born on July 24th, 1930 to Stuart E. and Jean E. Baker (nee Holway), Stuart Reid Baker was the oldest of six children. A bright and eager learner, Stuart attended Centerville Elementary and graduated from Barnstable High School, class of 1948. His propitious future included plans to be a doctor. He excitedly enrolled at the University of Chicago with the intention of going to medical school upon completion of his bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, totalitarian aggression interrupted his plans and he was drafted into military service during the Korea Conflict. He served in Army intelligence and was stationed in Austria for the remainder of his tour.

Affected by the devastation in the war torn European capitals, upon his return to the United States and civilian life, seeking bright lights and the big city, Stuart went to New York where he worked as a bartender and a cab driver. Ultimately, he settled into the building profession and worked with his younger brother Donald, who'd successfully started a construction business in the NYC suburb of Eastchester.

After a long and busy life in New York, Stuart returned home to the Cape in the 1980's and worked in security until retirement. Spiritually reconnected with his homeland, he took up his role as a Cape Cod historian after his professional life slowed down. Stuart Baker was a friend to all, strangers, acquaintances, and chums alike.

Stuart was preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as his brothers, John and Donald, and Donald's son, Donnie. Mourning his passing are a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Eleanor Baker, of Cottonwood, AZ, two sisters, Barbara McGahan and Mary Lou Johnson of Portland, ME, as well as 10 nieces and nephews, scattered from coast to coast.

Services will be private.