Frederick Arthur Baker (104) passed away peacefully March 27th at Manchester Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife Betsey of Manchester, his daughter Barbara Dowd of Delaware, nieces Mary Ann Blackmore of RI, Dorothy LaVerdiere of Virginia Beach; nephews Edward T. Baker of Florida and RI, and Norman Baker of Georgia ; Grand nephews, Edward T. Baker of Virginia, Gary Baker, Mark Baker and Brian Baker of Massachusetts, Bruce Baker of RI, and Stephen Baker of Florida as well as many grand nieces and nephews.
Born to Clarence and Pearl Baker of Gloucester, RI, Fred grew up with his siblings Hazel Cole, Edward T. Baker, and Charles R. Baker during the difficult depression years. Like many, he walked many miles to school and worked part time on a farm. He later took flying lessons at Hillsgrove airport in RI and after being rejected by the draft for physical reasons, became a union carpenter. He came to Manchester to live while working on the Connecticut General Building in Bloomfield, as well as other projects in the Hartford vicinity. Fred joined Hamilton Lodge in North Scituate, RI where he served as Grand Master and later joined Manchester Masonic Lodge #12 in Coventry, RI. Fred was an excellent husband and father and loved to fish, garden, and build furniture. He also helped his wife renovate an old historic home in RI. He was very fond of family gatherings and enjoyed his pet dogs, especially Carol.
In later years Fred and Betsey enjoyed attending Our Savior Church in Woonsocket, RI where they enjoyed the services and activities of the church community. Fred's family would like to thank the ECHN visiting nurses and hospice team, his doctors and nurses at Manchester Memorial as well as Manchester paramedics emergency response teams. A private burial will be held followed by a memorial service later in the year.
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