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BAKER, Dr. William Joseph (Bill)

September 21, 1928 – August 26, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. William (Bill) J. Baker. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 21 years, Margaret Baker. He is also survived by his children Mary (Randy) Kozak, Patricia (Dale) Johnson, Danny Baker, and David (Virginia) Baker and his sister Virginia (Ginger) Johnson of New York; grandchildren, Joseph (Amanda) Kowal, Colleen McReavey, Kathleen Johnson, Sean (Jessica) Baker, Danielle (Daniel) Mantai, Leigh Johnson, Peter Kozak, Sam Johnson, Connor Baker, Michael Kozak, Liam Baker, Chance Baker, Declan Baker; great grand children, Christopher, Jackson, Delaney, Collin Kowal, Nicholas McReavey, Isabella Johnson; and step children, Michael (Stephanie, Oliver) Anderson, Matthew (Sheila, Kate, Holly) Anderson.

In 1945, at 17 he enlisted in the USAF and served in Alaska and reenlisted for the Korean conflict. After military service he worked with his father as a longshoreman on the docks of N.Y. He attended St. John’s University, later attending Fordham where he attained a PhD in Psychology. Bill graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude and received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation award. After graduation, Bill worked for the Space Sciences Division of Grumman Aircraft where he worked as a Human Factors Engineer on the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module). He was integral in the design of the landing mechanism, helping the United States to put the very first man on the moon. From there he moved his family to Silver Springs Md., where he worked for the American Institute for Research. In 1970 he accepted a position at the University of Alberta, where he had a 20 year career as a professor, researcher and author. He taught at Concordia College from 1990 until his retirement. Bill and Margaret moved to Calgary in 1997, where Bill became active at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church.
Bill’s passions in life included: his faith, playing the flute, skiing, photography, travel, and playing basketball and football. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (address above).

In living memory of Bill Baker a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Dianne Tomm-Lunty :

    Mary, Colleen & family,
    It was with great saddness that I learned of Bills passing. He was a wonderful man and I have many fond memories of him. Although I hadn’t seen him for a number of years, I hadn’t forgotten him and the many wonderful times we had together, the laughs we shared and the good times he and Mat shared.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Colleen, Maggie, and the rest of your family.
    Dianne Tomm-Lunty

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  2. Celeste & George Best :

    Dear Baker Family,
    It was with sadness that we read of Bill’s passing. We have many fond memories of great music we shared, brunches after Mass and of course many family social gatherings. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

    Love Celeste & George

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  3. Dick & Betty French :

    Dear Cork,
    Just want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Unfortunately, we are out of the city at this time. May God comfort and hold you close.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Love Betty & Dick

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  4. Karen (Johns) Hiebert :

    I will always remember Bill as I knew him…on the 37th Street SW path with his beloved Carrie. He always had a smile for me and time for a chat. He never once complained about his lot in life and was always so positive and upbeat.
    Only in reading his obituary I am finding out what an amazing life he had prior to me meeting him.
    He will be missed by everyone who was forunate enough to know him.

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  5. Fr. Stefano Penna :

    Dear Margaret,Mary,Patricia and Family,

    My deepest condolences on the death of your father. Yet, for we Catholics this is the “dies natilis”, the birth day into glory. We folks at NTC offered Holy Mass for Bill yesterday and were with you in prayer today.

    In Christ’s Love, Fr. Stephen

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  6. Fr. Don MacDonald, OFM :

    Dear Mary and Pat,

    My sincere sympathies on the death of your beloved father (of whom you spoke to me with such great affection. We Franciscans will be remembering him in our daily prayers and Masses.

    Don, OFM

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  7. I met Bill and Margaret in our off leash area and our connection was our love of dogs. I remember Bill as a gentle and caring person. When we saw him in the off leash park, we would always stop for a chat and a visit.

    To Margaret and the family, I would like to extend my sincere sympathy.

    Karen Jacob (and Gracie and Bruno)

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  8. shirley bienvenu :

    Maggie and family,
    So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. We miss him at the dog park. He was a very interesting, accomplished, and strong person. My thoughts are with you and hope to see you at some time.

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  9. Ruth & Gene Giroux :

    Dear Marg and family –

    We are so sorry to read about Bill’s passing, our sincere condolences to you and yours.

    My friend Anita Nixon sends her kindest regards to you also, Marg – (we used to meet her for lunch when we worked in the west end (GMAC).

    Our love is with you Marg –

    Ruth & Gene

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