Robert Edward Baker

September 6, 1930 - February 14, 2011
Robert Edward Baker


Robert Edward Baker died February 14, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born September 6, 1930 in Franklin, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Francis Roy and Elizabeth Kendrix Baker.

Robert was a USMC veteran. He served as a tank commander at Camp Lejeune, NC; as a drill instructor at Parris Island, SC and as a platoon sergeant and brig warden at Camp Pendleton, California.

He was associated with American Oil Company (Amoco) for thirty-six years. He was president of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic workers, local 3-653, for twenty-seven of those years.

Robert was proud to be a member of St. Johns Lodge #1 in Wilmington; he was a 32nd degree Mason.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Karl Baker and a sister, Dorothy Baker Adams.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Joyce Christmas Baker, his beloved sons, Robert Bradford Baker and Jeffery Roy Baker (Iris); a step grand daughter Zoe Whittington and a step great-grandson Byron Dean Whittington, all of Wilmington. He is also survived by a sister, Marjorie B. Sanders of Baltimore, MD and a special cousin, Shirley M. Daley of Pleasantville, PA; other survivors include brothers-in-law Ralph Christmas (Betty), Wilmington and Neil Adams of Albuquerque, NM, sisters-in-law Donna C. Serrapede (Ralph), Las Vegas, NV and Sally F. Christmas, Wilmington, NC and several nieces and nephews.

We extend our appreciation to Drs. Martin J. Conley, Brian Gilmore and Michael McGarrity for being such fine physicians for Robert for many years.

Thank you also to the superb staff at NHRMC – second floor – they were unusually caring and compassionate.

There will be a private service for family only.

If you wish to donate in remembrance, please consider one of the following:

The Masonic Childrens Home, Oxford, NC 27565, Yahweh Childrens Village, Wilmington, NC 28404-0399 or
Hospitality House, 1615 Medical Center Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401

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  • February 20, 2011
    Paula Rivenbark says:
    Dear Mrs.Baker & Brad,I am so sorry to read about Mr.Baker my father passed away on wednesday and was looking at the book and saw Mr.Baker I am so sorry I will have you guys in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days Love you guys.Paula(Dr.Alford)

  • February 16, 2011
    Robert Chevalier says:
    We extend our heartfelt grief to Bob Baker's family.I knew him through the Masonic Family. I always felt he was a quiet man with lots of love for his fellow man. May he rest in peace.

  • February 16, 2011
    Ireland and Roselyn Upchurch says:
    Through the last 20+ years, we sat with Robert at Krispy Kreme many times and visited. He was such a nice person and would always tell us about his trips to PA to see his relatives. As the years went by and his diabetes took over his health, we did not see as much of him. We knew the Weber's next door and would keep up with his medical condition by talking with Mr. Weber. Our deepest expression of sympathy goes to Robert's family.

  • February 15, 2011
    Marvn Riley says:
    Bob was a real good frined and will be missed very much, another find man gone to his reward.