January 1, 1942 - October 26, 2023
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Ronald Lewis Baker on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at the Maison McCulloch Hospice. Although the world lost an exemplary human and our lives will never be the same without him, we are happy to say he is reunited with his loving parents, his beloved dogs Boone & Rex and the many other people he lost along his journey. An admired friend and well respected by so many, he made a lasting impression on each and every person he met.
A very special New Years’s baby born to Victor and Florence (nee Dixon) Baker (both predeceased) he was a force for good in this world. Sadly missed by his loving wife Diane (nee Steele). Loving brother of Bill, Marilyn (Bill McLeod, predeceased), Jane (Dick Bretzlaff), Ann Duncan and Doreen (Doug Blair). Loving father to Garnet Bayard (Michelle), Aaron Bayard (Ginette), Melodie Bayard (Jason). Nurturing grandfather to Brendan, Dylon, Madison, Hailey, Carson, Kenadie, and Mason. Proud Great Grandfather to Bennett. Also survived by his special dog Tessa.
Fun loving and inspirational uncle to many nieces, nephews, and their spouses. The heartfelt and hilarious stories of Uncle Ron are endless. He had a very special bond with all of them.
Ron was raised in Copper Cliff, ON. He started working at INCO at the age of 18 in the Geological department, finishing at Creighton mine at 50 years old. Retiring at a younger age gave him the freedom to head to camp on Agnew Lake, where he was happiest. Always one to help, Ron was a volunteer firefighter for the Nairn-Hyman Township. He followed in his father’s footsteps as an excellent woodworker, creating many pieces that will be forever cherished. From a young boy, he loved a good Western, whether a book or a movie. He was a great cook, loved to hunt and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed many gatherings of family and friends with a few libations. Ron had an infectious smile and laugh and relished in his crazy antics, teasing the many kids that always gravitated towards him while they ran around the camp all summer long. His sense of humour stayed with him through his life, always keeping the PSW’s and nurses on their toes.
A special thank you to all of his caregivers (too many to mention) from HSN, the Walford Retirement Residence and the Maison McCulloch Hospice for the dignified and compassionate care everyone gave to him. To his special family members and friends that always showed up, giving back only a fraction of what he gave us. He brightened our days with his devious smile, pranks, his funny stories, quiet strength and unconditional love. In keeping with Ron’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made directly to Maison McCulloch Hospice.