Surrounded by family and friends, David Ivan Baker passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital on Saturday, September 23rd at the age of 71.
David was born May 4, 1952 in Oshawa, ON to parents Ivan and Millie Baker. The Baker household was always full of activity with David and his seven siblings: Albert, Linda, Karen, Jackie, Patsy, Larry, and Harold.
If you were looking for a heart of gold, it was David. However, He never let the harsh truth go untold. No matter what the situation was or who was in the room.
Over the last 52 years of marriage David and Gail lived in Fernie raising their two children, Deanna and Monte They have been blessed with three grandchildren who have created several memories in their beautiful yard.
David worked at Byron Creek / Coal Mountain for 42 years. He was known for being the most efficient driller at work; had a mouth harder than a drill bit and was passionate about whatever he put his mind to. He never missed a day of work, rain, or shine.
David put his beloved family first throughout his entire life. They spent time in the Kootenays camping with their kids at Fairmont Hot Springs, and visiting with endless aunts, uncles, and cousins. Years later, when Deanna married Justin Pickering, David was blessed with another son because he loved Justin as one of his own.
David has always had a profound passion for cars. He invested a lot of his time restoring a 1970 Chevelle which meant the world to him.
David is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gail Baker, and their children Deanna (Justin) Pickering Baker and Monte Baker, grandchildren Olivia, Chance, and Drayton Baker, and siblings Karen (Kenny) Holm, Linda (Stu) Hall, Patsy Baker, Jackie Holmgren, Harold (Johanne) Baker, and Larry (Judy) Baker, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Albert Baker, and his brother-in-law, Poly Holmgren.
He never looks for praises,
He's never one to boast.
He just goes on quietly working,
For those he loved the most.
His dreams are seldom spoken,
His wants are very few.
And most of the time his worries,
Will go unspoken too.
He's there.... A firm foundation,
through all our storms of life.
A sturdy hand to hold on,
In times of stress and strife.
A true friend we can turn to,
When times are good or bad.
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we called Dad.
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