Roy W. Baker

  • Born: July 2, 1923
  • Died: June 12, 2019
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

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Melrose, MA 02176

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Message From The Family

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Roy W. Baker of Ocean Park Maine (formerly of Melrose Massachusetts) died peacefully on Wednesday, June 12th at the Residences at Melrose Station, Melrose Massachusetts. He was 95 years old, born July 2, 1923 in East Boston Massachusetts. He was the only son of Fred and Alice Baker. Roy was raised in the Melrose Highlands and graduated from Melrose High School in 1941. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he became a radar mechanic for the 9th Bombardment Squadron located on Tinian Island in the battle of the South Pacific during World War II. Mr. Baker became a Melrose Firefighter soon afterwards where he served as an EMT on the Rescue Squad at Melrose Fire Department Headquarters. His career as a firefighter lasted 25 years until his retirement. Roy was also a civil engineer for Hayes Engineering for over 15 years. Roy was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Melrose and coached hockey and Little League baseball.

While Melrose was his hometown, he loved living in Ocean Park Maine. For over 40 years it was during his retirement that he had the time to do what he loved best – being involved with his entire family, attending events from ice hockey to dance recitals to soccer games. During the summers in Maine he volunteered at Royal Family Kids Camp a summer program for disadvantage youths sponsored by the Saco First Baptist Church in Saco Maine where he served on the Board of Directors. An avid bird watcher and dog lover he enjoyed watching professional sports on television as well as gardening, travelling and especially doing major home renovations. His pride and joy was the front porch of his Ocean Park home where would sit and "watch the world go by". If you asked him about eating, he would say it was breakfast, "favorite meal of the day".

He is survived by his loving wife of 78 years Ruth Walden Baker. He was the loving father of Linda (Baker) O'Leary and her late husband Don of Malden, Massachusetts and Jeffrey Baker and his wife Peggie Lee Baker of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Proud grandfather of Keith O'Leary of Old Orchard Beach Maine, Nichol Radcliffe of Saco Maine, Megan (O'Leary) and Todd Weaver, Chris and Christine O'Leary and Emilie (Baker) and Perry Loud all of Melrose, Massachusetts. Great grandfather of Connor, Cavan, Baker, Harlow, Joseph, William and Vivienne. Youngest brother to the late Isabelle Franzein and Dorothy MacCormack.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roy's name maybe made to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn Massachusetts 01901.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your cherished memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,
Liz

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

Roy was an inspirational man...did a lot for the youth of Melrose. My condolences to the Baker Families.

Posted by Paul Chasse - Friend   June 26, 2019

To the entire family of Roy. My late husband Capt "Chick", worked w/him on the fire dept, from 1977 till Roy retired. I remember when he helped us with a minor job we needed at our first house, without hesitation. we were so grateful it was so appreciated. but, he would not accept any compensation for his work. May he rest in peace w/all that have gone before him. Mrs."Chick"

Posted by A friend   June 21, 2019

Dear Ruth and family, so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. We hate for them to leave us, but his suffering has ended.How wonderful you had all these years together.Bud always spoke highly of Roy and found him a pleasure to work with.You are in my prayers at this time.

Posted by Marie Wood - Nokomis, FL   June 18, 2019

Ruth, Linda & family - I am so sorry to hear of Roy - one of the nicest, kindest, Gentleman I have met - truly a great guy. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Elena & Sean Donovan

Posted by Elena Donovan - Melrose, MA   June 18, 2019

It has been an honor knowing you.
You were an angel for me here on Earth.
Now you are an angel in Heaven.
I so enjoyed our morning and evening talks.
I am truly going to miss you my friend.
Although I am relieved that you are no longer suffering and that you are safely in Heaven where all angels go back.
Rest in Eternal Peace.

Posted by Lynda Mackenzie - Everett, MA - Family Friend   June 17, 2019

Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.

Posted by A friend   June 16, 2019

Posted by Christopher O'Leary    June 16, 2019

Posted by Christopher O'Leary    June 15, 2019

So sorry for the loss. Our deepest condolences to Megan, Linda and the entire family!

Posted by Georgia Krasco - Melrose, MA - Friend   June 15, 2019

Played golf with Roy in the Sun Village Bogie Boys.
He was a gentleman and so much fun on the course.
He and Ruthie loved their winters in Arizona and had many friends there and have been missed since their departure.
Now he can get on the links again if he so wishes.
Ruthie and family you are in our prayers.

Posted by Jim Quigley - Surprise, AZ - Friend   June 15, 2019

Roy Baker was an extraordinary human being, a mentor, a colleague, and a wonderful friend. Roy was a true gentleman; he was an important influence on me at a critical time in my life.

I loved his daughter Linda, my friend, schoolmate and heartthrob from elementary school and throughout my youth. His wife, Ruth, was equally important to me: stunningly beautiful, kind beyond description, gentle and adoring.

Roy was a founding member of The Greatest Generation. I am thrilled to have known him, to have been his friend, and I am very glad that he had such a long, full and happy life with his wonderful family.

Rest in peace my friend,

Buck

Posted by Walter (Buck) Davis - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   June 15, 2019

TO THE BAKER FAMILY, WE SEND OUR CONDOLANCES TO THE BAKER FAMILY AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME, MY DAD ROBERT GUEVIN WORKED WITH ROY FOR MANY YEARS ON THE MELROSE FIRE DEPARTMENT. PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY RIP ROY!!!!!

Posted by LAURA GUEVIN PLOOF - SAUGUS, MA - Friend   June 14, 2019

To Ruthie, Linda, and the entire Baker Family - please know that my heart grieves for you. Roy was such a kind, caring and genuine friend with a heart as big as the sky. Everyone thought the world of him, and especially his hearty laugh. He was a dedicated "family" man and gave us all some very wonderful memories. We will miss him and his sense of humor, and will hopefully meet him again someday. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
Jim Duncan - Sun City West, AZ

Posted by Jim Duncan - Sun City West, AZ - Friend   June 14, 2019

TO LINDA O'LEARY AND FAMILY,
BOB AND I WISH TO EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE SPENT MANY PLEASANT HOURS WITH ROY AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER RUTH. WE HAD NO FRIEND WHOSE WISDOM AND KINDNESS MEANT MORE TO US. WE SHALL MISS HIM . WITH OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY,
SHIRLEY AND BOB MALCOLMSON

Posted by SHIRLEY AND BOB Malcolmson - surprise, AZ - Friend   June 13, 2019


The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   June 13, 2019


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