September 10, 2009
RONALD KINGSTON BAKER 1945 - 2009 Ronald Kingston Baker, "Ron", died peacefully on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home at the age 64, after a brave and stoic battle with esophageal cancer.
Ron was born on May 10, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Arthur and Gladys Baker. He grew up in Winnipeg alongside his half-sister Lesley. While in Kamloops, Ron was an active member of the Kamloops Tennis Association. Ron always loved cars and used to race in ice rallies in Manitoba, thus, it was no surprise when he took up motorcycle riding later in life. In 2004, Ron moved to Grand Forks, B.C., where he pursued his favorites hobbies - "puttering around the yard and shop", house renovations, a beer at the Legion with his buddies, and motorcycle riding. Ron was happy in Grand Forks, which was a friendly town with great, friendly and loyal neighbors and it had the small town feel he loved. Ron's greatest joy was riding his BMW motorcycle, and his friends from the Valley BMW Riders Club were some of his most treasured friends. Other than his bike, Ron took immense pride and pleasure in being "Dad" to Jessica and Meghan and watching his girls grow up. Ron is survived by his daughters Jessica Anne Baker, of Kamloops, B.C., currently living in Seoul, Korea, and Meghan Christine Baker, of Kamloops, and his half-sister, Lesley Baker of Calgary, Alberta. He was pre-deceased by his mother Gladys Baker and his father Arthur Baker. A private family viewing will be held at Schoening's Funeral Home on Thursday, September 10, 2009, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's name to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home would be gratefully accepted (250)-372-1336. We wish to express heartfelt thanks for the care and comfort given to Ron by the staff of the Kamloops Hospice, especially Carol and Debbie, the Grand Forks Hospital Palliative Care Unit, and his friends and neighbors from the BMW clubs and in Grand Forks, most especially Martin Hobbs, Steve McGibbon, Keith, Kristie and Tao, and Ron and Judy Wiebe. To Those Who Mourn For that is the real truth; man is a soul and has a body The body is not the man; it is only the clothing of the man. What you call death is the laying aside of a worn-out garment, and it is no more the end of the man than it is the end of you when you remove your coat. Therefore you have not lost your friends; You have only lost sight of the cloak in which you were accustomed to see him. The cloak is gone, but the man who wore it is not; Surely it is the man that you love and not the garment. by C.W. Leadbeater Words that sum up his life: Dad told us "Except for this cancer, my life truly is great!"