Baker, Ronald Lewis

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.


9 Condolences

  1. Our family will miss Ron forever. Such a great, kind hearted man and friend that would do anything for anybody. We’ll miss his smile, pranks and belly laugh when he knew he caught you in one of his tricks, all for a good laugh.

    Gigantic loss for all of us. Rest in peace Ron.

    Love always…The Goodwin family

    By: Gord & Claire Goodwin and family
    November 1, 2023
  2. Our deepest sympathies to Aaron, Ginette, Madison and Hailey! 💕💕💕

    By: Maurice Bendayan and Carole Lalonde
    October 31, 2023
  3. Ron was such a nice person,, will miss him on Bakers Hill for sure.

    By: Fern Belanger
    October 31, 2023
  4. Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family in your loss, Ron will be missed on the Lake.

    By: Tom and Deborah Ripley
    October 31, 2023
  5. Our deepest condolences. He will be missed. Sending our thoughts and love through this difficult time. ❤️

    By: Herb and Janet Johnson
    October 31, 2023
  6. Doreen, Doug & Family: Our sincere condolences in the passing of your brother Ron.

    By: Joan Carmichael and Kim Kanerva
    October 30, 2023
  7. Doug so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother in law and the loss of Doreen’s brother! It isn’t easy when someone so close and special to you is taken away from you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the rest of the Baker families🙏❤️

    By: Anne Marie and Dan MacLennan
    October 30, 2023
  8. Our deepest condolences to the Baker family! Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time! 🌹🌹🌹

    By: Gerry and Pauline Levesque
    October 30, 2023
  9. Our deepest condolences 💐 too the family.
    Ron was a wonderful friend that will never be forgotten. Safe journey my friend.

    By: Keith and Christina Cheff
    October 30, 2023

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