Jul 3, 1926 – Feb 17, 2018
Tom passed away peacefully, February 17, 2018 at the age of 91 with family at his side. Tom was born in Wapella, Saskatchewan into a large, loving family.
Tom met Sylvia in Kamloops and they were married on August 21, 1953. They moved to Vernon in 1955. Tom worked as a stationary engineer in Vernon then as a manager for BCBC out of the Kelowna office until his retirement in 1982.
Tom and Sylvia and family lived on a small acreage on Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon. Tom had a beautiful garden and enjoyed raising birds and animals on his small farm. Every winter he built a large outdoor skating rink that family and many neighbors and friends enjoyed. Tom loved the outdoors and camping and fishing and telling stories about the “big one” that got away. Most of all Tom enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Tom and Sylvia moved back to Kamloops in 2007. While they lived in Kamloops the weekly coffee get-together with family and friends was a much anticipated event (thanks to nieces and nephews who provided transport and company). All those who knew Tom enjoyed his generosity and friendliness.
Tom is survived by his wife Sylvia (Webley), his children, Stephen (Lynda) Baker, Pat (Don) May, Sue (Mark) Schnyder, Charles (Gail) Baker; his grandchildren, Heather (Adam) Goudreau, Geoff (Stephanie) Baker, Laura (Jesse) Patterson, Shannon May (Joe Bogstie), Teressa (Dennis) Myers, Kristine (Tyson) Cline, Greg (Melissa) Schnyder, Drew Baker and Nicole Baker; great grandchildren Abigail, Waverley, Sophie, Eiley, Lance, Colton and Lucas.
Tom is survived by his siblings Howard Baker, Bunny James, Pat Price, and Bob Baker, many nieces and nephews and Leslie Baker.
Sylvia and family would like to thank everyone who helped Tom and Sylvia while they lived at their home and at Ponderosa Lodge. They would like to thank the staff at Ridgeview Lodge for their kindness, laughter and care with dignity. Also, thank-you for the comfort that you provided Tom during his last few weeks and for the support you gave to Sylvia and her family.
At Tom’s request he was cremated and his family will gather at the end of July, 2018 to celebrate his life.
Tom, we love you and will remember you.