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Roy W. Baker
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  • All Care Hospice
    210 Market St.
    Lynn, MA 01901

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“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...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Roy was an inspirational man...did a lot for the youth of Melrose. My condolences to the Baker Families. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Chasse - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Marie Wood - Nokomis, FL

“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...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Elena Donovan - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Lynda Mackenzie - Everett, MA

“Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.Thank you for your service. ”
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9 of 16 | Posted by: Christopher O'Leary

“So sorry for the loss. Our deepest condolences to Megan, Linda and the entire family! ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Georgia Krasco - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Quigley - Surprise, AZ

“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...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Walter (Buck) Davis - Vero Beach, FL

“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...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: LAURA GUEVIN PLOOF - SAUGUS, MA

“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...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Duncan - Sun City West, AZ

“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...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: SHIRLEY AND BOB Malcolmson - AZ

“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....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: John W Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


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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