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James R Baker
  • January 12, 1947
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  • March 27, 2013

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James Robert Baker, 66, of Edgewater, a decorated Navy Vietnam Veteran was called to a higher command on March 27,2013. After a lengthy illness, James departed peacefully at the Edgewater Hospice Facility. Originally from St. Albans, Vermont, Jim moved to the Orlando area in 1957 when he was 10. After serving in the United States Navy he worked for the School District of Osceola County as director of Risk Management and as an Environmental Specialist, retiring after a period of 30 years. He migrated to Edgewater in 2000, where he met and married his wife Linda. For the past decade Jim helped mold the American Legion Post 285 in Edgewater as he held numerous offices including American Legion District 17 Commander for two terms overseeing 17 American Legion Posts and past Honor Guard Commander of Post 285 Edgewater. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved the outdoors. Although he was a man of few words, much can be said about him as his dedication to any undertaking he addressed. Jim is survived by his wife, Linda Baker, brother, Frank Baker of Arizona, sister, Mary Baker of Orlando, son, Bobby Baker, cousin David Baker and his wife Cora of New Smyrna Beach, cousin Darla Beauvais and her husband Bill of Sebastian, step sons, Richard, Bradford and Kyle Evans of Edgewater. Memorial service shall be held on Friday April 5th at 2pm at Veterans Park in Edgewater, 1811 S. Riverside Dr. by the American Legion Post 285 Honor Guard and Color Guard with members of the United States Navy Honor Guard in attendance. A celebration of life gathering shall follow the service at the American Legion Post 285, 4497 US Hwy # 1, Edgewater FL. In lieu of flowers donations requested in Jim’s memory for the American Legion Child Welfare Program and the American Legion Boys State Program 1912A Lee Road Orlando FL 32810.  

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  1. Sally says:
    04 Apr 2013
    I'm so sorry to hear about Jim ~ I can honestly say he was one of my favorites. He always made work fun & he was always such a gentleman!! He will truly be missed. RIP Jim & our thoughts & prayers go out to his family.

  2. Alvin Campbell Sr. says:
    04 Apr 2013
    I have been on many fishing trip with Jim, My first incounter with him was when he arranged a trip for my wife,daughter and my self on a ship. My daughter, Bobby his son and a friend of my daughter, went all over that boat. Jim is a good friend and we will miss him very much.
    God be with you Jim.

  3. Chip Bishop says:
    04 Apr 2013
    Mr Baker was my boss at the maintence department when I started there in 1982. I would like to thank him for some of the work ethics that he passed on to me. Its sad that it took him passing on before I could tell him thank you. With respect Chip.

  4. Sam Dower says:
    04 Apr 2013
    Been through an awful lot of adventures over the last 30+ years, lots of fish, lots of fun.

  5. Lisa Pattee says:
    03 Apr 2013
    Linda, I was so sorry to hear about Jim. He will for ever be in your heart and soul.. Such a good person and always caring toward others. Cookie and Jim are together again!!!God Bless you and your family. We are always here if you need us. Love, Lisa

  6. Brad Evans says:
    03 Apr 2013
    Jim, you have been a part of our family for a long time and you will be loved and missed. You were a great kindhearted man and generous to the bone. I'm so glad I had one last chance to spend the last autumn at home doing very fun things with you. It was good to see my Mom happy because of you. Have a peaceful journey.

  7. Rita Patton Perdue says:
    02 Apr 2013
    Linda,
    It was an honor to know Jim as he always had an ear to listen. I will never forget his words of wisdom for myself and my son, Richard. I have cherished his help and that infectious smile that I knew would be seen whenever a friend came into view.

  8. Susanne Northrup says:
    02 Apr 2013
    I wil always remember Jim with a big smile on his face. He would always give me a hug and tell me to have a good day whenever he had to visit us at the "old" Central Elementary School". He was always pleasant and considerate. I often wondered how he was doing and am glad he found happiness and peace. Linda you are a special woman, you take care.

  9. Bill Myers says:
    02 Apr 2013
    I knew Jim my first few years in the district and he was a friend of my father's as well. Jim was always glad to see me and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. God bless him and keep him!

  10. Trudi and Eric Guillette says:
    01 Apr 2013
    Cousin Jimmy! You always had a way of having fun and forwarding your generous Southern hospitality! All memories of you involved laughing and story telling! I'm still not sure if some of those stories were true! I do however believe that a shot of whiskey can cure most ailments! We will miss catching up with you and sharing those fun times! You will be missed! Though not present, may he be forever in your heart! XO

  11. Bob Lavender says:
    01 Apr 2013
    Linda Sorry about your loss. I remember when I first met jim, He gave me some advice on trying to quit smoking, just trying to help somebody that he just met. told me something about his character and his heart. God Bless You Jim, and Linda take care I know our paths will cross again. Bob

  12. Bill & Darla Beauvais says:
    31 Mar 2013
    Linda and Family
    We offer our condolences to you and yours. Today is Easter Sunday and Jimmy is sharing the day with his Heavenly Father and his parents and siblings that have gone
    before him. We will miss him and think of him always----- Another Angel to watch over
    us! Love & miss you already cuz!!!!

  13. CHRIS LUPIEN AND BOB VERSPRILLE says:
    31 Mar 2013
    WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN JIM THROUGH THE AMERICAN LEGION. HE ALWAYS MADE YOU FEEL WELCOMED AT POST 285. A BIG HEART AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. THANK YOU JIM FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE. LOVE, CHRIS AND BOB

  14. Sharon East says:
    31 Mar 2013
    Jim, you were a great volunteer and a wonderful supporter of other people when they had problems. You are missed.

  15. David Hariton says:
    31 Mar 2013
    We are so sorry to hear this. What a great guy. His heart was with the American Legion in every aspect of what the Legion stands for; and Jim was a wonderful supporter of Special Olympics/Law & Order programs. Jim will be remembered and truly missed.

  16. Linda Baker says:
    31 Mar 2013
    Honey, you will be loved, cherished and respected forever. We will miss you so much. I love you, until we meet again...

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