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
Please share memories and condolences by clicking on the “Sign Guest Book” tab above.
Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099