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Roy S. Baker

February 15, 1929 January 3, 2010
Roy S. Baker
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St. Albans – Roy S. Baker died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 3, 2010 in St. Albans. He was born February 15, 1929, in Campton, New Hampshire to the late Edward and Bertha (Smith) Baker. He grew up in Pleasant Valley and Bakersfield. Roy was the Valedictorian of his class at Brigham Academy in Bakersfield. He was a veteran of the US. Army serving during the Korean War earning the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post # 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Roy was very proud of his service to his country. Following his honorable discharge, he married Dorothy Lamson on May 23, 1953, who survives him. They raised two sons, David and Mark. Roy was a great Dad and was involved in the formation of Troop 42 in Georgia. He spent many weekends with the scouts. Roy was an avid snowmobiler. He was instrumental in the creation of the Missisquoi Valley Trail and served on the board. He and Dorothy traveled the length of the trail on snowmobile as well as bicycles. He was a founder of the Georgia Mountain Snowmobile Club and was a member of other clubs in Franklin County. He didn’t own a boat, but loved to spend time at Kilkare State Park near the water. He was a key member of the 81 Baker Racing Team. He followed stock car racing especially Bob McCreadie and Jeff Gordon. He really enjoyed the trips to New Hampshire International Speedway roaming the garage area. He was a member of the “251” Club and a true Yankee fan. During sugaring season, he loved to spend time at Mark’s sugarhouse. Roy was employed for over thirty years with New England Telephone. He was proud of his many years as a lineman. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Roy retired in 1983, but enjoyed working part-time for Franklin Ford Tractor and Brault Artic Cat. When he was at home there was always a project to be done and his lawn always looked good. Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Dorothy; sons, David Baker and his wife, Sharon and Mark Baker and his wife, Jean; grandsons, Matthew Baker and his wife, Jennifer, Patrick and Seth Baker, Nicholas Baker and his close friend, Lauren Colburn and Kevin Baker and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his grandson, Samuel Baker and his siblings, Roger, Harold and Shirley. Roy’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 6th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of his family. Spring interment will take place in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Northwest Vermont Rail Trail Council, 155 Lake Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478 or the Arthritis Foundation of New England, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord New Hampshire 03301. Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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