Charles David Baker was born on March 9th, 1935 in Vancouver, B.C., an only son to Henry and Jessie Baker. He passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord he loved and served on Friday night, June 16th, 2017 after a long and brave battle with cancer. His wife Verna June, of nearly 62 years is left to mourn his passing. He will be lovingly remembered by his children; John (Kathy) Baker, David (Diana) Baker, Kathleen (Robert) Burton and Carolyn Box, his grandchildren; Rachel (Tyler) Haywood, Rebecca (Ian) Darroch, Cailie (Burton), Philip Baker, Lindsay Burton (fiancé Martin), Christina Baker (fiancé Andrew) Stefan (Kelly) Giorio, Stephen (Christina) Baker, Brittany (Landon) Zabolotniuk, Matthew Baker, Courtney (Nori) Anderson, Abigail Baker, Marshall Box and Molly Box, his great- grandchildren; Kaeden (Prebushewski), Emma (Haywood), Hudson (Darroch), Noel (Anderson), Eleanor (Zabolotniuk), Leo (Baker) and Norah (Haywood).
Chuck attended Britannia Secondary in Vancouver, B.C. and then the University of B.C. to receive his Bachelor of Education. He married the love of his life Verna June Heggs on August 27th, 1955. Charles and Verna lived in Kelowna, B.C. for a year after they were married, moving to the mainland in 1966, where their four children were born. Later that year they moved to McKenzie, B.C. where Chuck was principal for two years. In 1968 they made their final move to Vernon, B.C. where he taught History and English at Fulton Secondary until his retirement in 1990.
Chuck had many hobbies, including downhill skiing, tennis, fishing, gardening and wood working. When the family were growing up they spent many hours at their lake cabin in the summers, water skiing and in the winter downhill skiing, but the majority of his time was spent serving as an Elder at his local church, speaking and leading kid’s work, directing camps and serving on the Board of Morning Star Bible Camp. Chuck loved his family, and was never happier than when they could all get together to celebrate special events. Many a time he was called on by one of his family to help out with painting, repairs, building something or rescuing them out of some dilemma, and it was always done willingly and joyfully, no matter the inconvenience it might cause him. He had a servant’s heart and he will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
The family would like to thank all the staff on the 6th floor at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their kind and exceptional care of Chuck over the five weeks he was in the hospital. They went above and beyond in their care and we are truly grateful! Special thanks to all his nurses and his doctor this past week, Dr. Alexandria Farrugia, who as we know made special arrangements for Dad’s care, so his final days were as comfortable as possible.
A Graveside Service for family and close friends will be held at the Coldstream Cemetery (Howe Drive) on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at Vernon Gospel Chapel, 4106 Pleasant Valley Rd. Vernon, B.C. at 12:00 p.m. with a Reception to follow.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Chuck to the Morning Star Bible Camp 3031 McIver Road West, West Kelowna, B.C. V4T 1C4.