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John (Ekmakgian) Baker

BAKER, John (Ekmakgian) - January 31st, 1922 - February 27th, 2019 Passed away peacefully at Parkwood Veterans Hospital, London, ON. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen Baker (2008), father Hagop (James) Ekmakgian (1968), mother Annie Park Baker (Johnston) (1963), brother RCAF pilot Officer Nicholas (Niky) (1944), sister Marjorie Smith (Baker), sister Esther Rouleau Baker (Ekmakgian) (2011), uncle Grekor (George) Ekamakjian (1978), daughter Susan Eason (James) (nee Baker) (2015), Son-in-law Kevin O’Connor (2019). Beloved by his daughter Robin Baker, son James (Joanne), daughter Laurel O’Connor (Baker) Step daughter – Muriel Bertling (Douglas) nee Baker. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren Stephen (Lisa) Eason, Kaven Baker-Voakes, Tallis Baker-Voakes, Rory O’Connor, Brennan Baker, Kim (Scott) Bertling, Michael Bertling, David (Leigh) Bertling and 11 great-grandchildren. He served in the Merchant Marines in WW2 from Sept. 6th, 1939 - Dec. 29th, 1944. After his first marriage ended he moved to London where he met and married his beloved wife Kathleen. He worked for London Building products until his retirement at 70 years obtaining many plaques over the years for his top sales record. They moved to Walnut St. in Union in 1974. He and Kathleen shared a common interest in keeping active through their years together, hiking, dancing, travelling, and especially cycling. He was known for a love of art, meeting new people, conversation, and storytelling. On June 4th 1998 he cycled from St. Thomas to Toronto before boarding a transcontinental train to Vancouver to cycle back home after a toe dipped into the Pacific. The trip was to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation due to family and friends impacted by heart problems. He succeeded in raising close to $10,000 dollars. His zest and spirit of life will be greatly missed. Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday, March 5th between 12pm-1pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St. St. Thomas. The service will be held at 1pm, followed by a reception. Interment of ashes to follow in Union Cemetery, 6008 Stone Church Rd., Union. Special thanks to all of the medical professionals at Parkwood Veterans Hospital –Unit 2 Perth who proved exceptional in their compassionate care and in particular Isabella and Dr. Morrie. The family also extends special thanks to the kind and loving neighbors along Walnut Street in Union who became his 2nd family before he went into care: Sid and Toby Visser and Gary and Marge Higgs. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME , 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.13328949
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