Ronald 'Duke' Baker
Oct 9, 1940 - Feb 10, 2017
- Ronald 'Duke' Baker, 76, of Bar Harbor, husband of Therese Baker, died suddenly on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born October 9th, 1940, in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the son of Emile and Eva I. (Fontaine) Baker.
Ron loved his family, "church family" and many friends who have remained a constant source of love, kindness, and support. Ron was a jack of all trades sort, so to speak, and wore many hats from starting as a young man helping mix mortar for his dads plastering business to transitioning to helping his brother Tony installing pools. Ron also was quite handy as a carpenter and built his first home at the age of nineteen.
Earning the nickname "Duke" as a young boy growing up on the farm was something that stuck with him throughout his life as an open road truck driver. Leaving the trucking industry behind Ron moved to Bar Harbor in the spring of 1978 and purchased an old nursing home on Mt Desert St. He spent the next few years turning the home into an inn which it still remains to this day. Two years later a job operating equipment and working at the highway department opened up in Bar Harbor and its there he spent the next twenty-two years, meeting many people with his outgoing personality. Working for "Highway" as he liked to call it made him extremely happy and he enjoyed the time spent there very much. He retired in 2003 from the highway department and then went to work for Holy Redeemer church as their custodian and groundskeeper part time.
After calling it quits five years later he finally took the time to enjoy the things that made him really happy, enjoying both his family and church family. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him.
Ron was the father of Elaine Perry, husband Allen Perry of Plainville, MA, Suzanne Fiske, husband David Fiske of Norton, MA, Ronnie Baker of New Hampshire. Matt Baker, girlfriend Dana De Brito of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, brother Florent "Tony" Baker and many nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents, his brother Paul Baker, and grandson Ritchie.
Friends are invited to call from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt Desert, where funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 18, 2017. Following the service a luncheon reception will be held at the Atlantic Oceanside, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor.
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