BAR HARBOR – Ronald “Duke” Baker, 76, of Bar Harbor, husband of Therese Baker, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Central Falls, R.I., the son of Emile and Eva I. (Fontaine) Baker.
Ron loved his family, “church family” and many friends who have remained a constant source of love, kindness and support. Ron was a Jack of all trades, so to speak, and wore many hats from starting as a young man helping mix mortar for his dad’s plastering business to transitioning to helping his brother Tony installing pools. Ron also was quite handy as a carpenter and built his first home at the age of 19. Earning the nickname “Duke” as a young boy growing up on the farm was something that stuck with him throughout his life as an open road truck driver. Leaving the trucking industry behind, Ron moved to Bar Harbor in the spring of 1978 and purchased an old nursing home on Mount Desert Street. He spent the next few years turning the home into an inn, which it still remains to this day. Two years later, a job operating equipment and working at the highway department opened up in Bar Harbor and it is there he spent the next 22 years, meeting many people with his outgoing personality. Working for “highway,” as he liked to call it, made him extremely happy and he enjoyed the time spent there very much. He retired in 2003 from the highway department and then went to work for Holy Redeemer Church as their custodian and groundskeeper part time. After calling it quits five years later, he finally took the time to enjoy the things that made him really happy, enjoying both his family and church family. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him.
Ron was the father of Elaine Perry, husband, Allen Perry, of Plainville, Mass., Suzanne Fiske, husband, David Fiske, of Norton, Mass., Ronnie Baker of New Hampshire, Matt Baker, girlfriend, Dana De Brito, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, brother Florent “Tony” Baker and many nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents, his brother Paul Baker and grandson Ritchie.
Friends are invited to call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert, where funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Following the service, a luncheon reception will be held at the Atlantic Oceanside, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.