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Stanley Frank Baker

March 9, 1922 - October 14, 2016


Beloved Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather and long time resident of Baker Road, South Slocan,
B.C., Stanley Baker died peacefully at Mountain Lakes Retirement Home in Nelson B.C. after a short
hospitalization. Predeceased by his Father (Walter Baker), Mother (Margaret Ellen), and his wife Nancy
(Xanthe) all previously of South Slocan and his brothers Alfred, Robert and Charlie, and his sister Dorothy
Smith of Chelan, Washington.
Stan is survived by his daughter Penny(Piete) Stuyt of Cherryville, B.C., and sons David(Brenda) Baker of
Millarville, Alberta and Peter Baker of North Vancouver, B.C., his grand daughters Marcie-Lyne(Shawn)
Gilarowski of Ottawa, Ontario and Margaret(Carey) Benson of Enderby, B.C., his grand sons Jordan
Baker of Okotoks Alberta, and Brandon Baker of Vancouver, B.C., his great-grand daughters Allashua
Gilarowski and Jerrika Baker and great-grandson Aiden Benson. Stan was also a big brother and is
survived by his two little brothers Dustin and Darren Neufeld of Kelowna. He loved mentoring kids in the
outdoors, and in practical skills of all type. We are all so much richer for it.
Stan arrived in Nelson B.C. accompanied by his wife Nancy in early 1948 shortly after being married in
Vancouver. Stan soon found work with West Kootenay Power at South Slocan. Stan and Nancy soon
moved to South Slocan, building the house on the hill among the vintage apple trees above the Catholic
Church. There he raised a family of three, Penny, David and Peter. Stan’s parents, Walter and Margaret,
retired from Vancouver to the Kootenays joining him on the property. This home became a central
gathering place for the extended Baker family for many years, and was a wonderful and loving place to
grow up and play, and was well known to his brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Stan was always active with the community, he volunteered for the South Slocan Recreation Commission
to create and look after a small park and the beach at Crescent Valley. For many years he was on the
South Slocan water board, managing and repairing the South Slocan community water system. When his
own children left home he volunteered with Big Brothers and the Boy Scouts. He was active in many
green initiatives, including the clean up of the Kootenay River, opposition to clear cut logging,
preservation of park land, and the designation of new parks. He was a member of the Kootenay
Mountaineering Club, the Ben Shaw and Apex cross-country Ski Clubs, and the Silver King and the Red
Mountain Ski Clubs.
At work, Stan was well known as a lineman throughout the West Kootenays. He helped connect the many
families and communities of the West Kootenays as the Kootenay, Slocan, and Arrow lakes communities
electrified. On call Stan responded whenever there were power outages at a home or where there were
system issues to resolve. At the end of his career, Stan re-trained as an electrician and worked in the
power plants on the Kootenay River.
Stan was a WWII Navy veteran serving with the Royal Canadian Navy from the beginning to the end of
World War II. He sent most of his time in the North Atlantic on the destroyers HMCS Skeena, Haida, and
Sioux on convoy duty first from St. John’s to the United Kingdom during the Battle of the Atlantic, and then
during the resupply of Russia on convoy duty from Scapa Flow around the North Cape of Norway to
Murmansk. On D-Day the Sioux moved down the English Channel to assist with channel clearing and
moved in close to provide artillery support for the Winnipeg Rifles landing on Juno Beach. Stan rarely
talked about those war years and his later memoirs essentially end as he joined the Navy.
Stan never tired of the peace and beauty he found in the Kootenays and it is fitting he found his final rest
there. A Celebration of Life for his family and friends will be held in the Spring 2017


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda Iwanik
Relation: Friend.

Stan was my friend & KM Club hiking friend decades ago. I visited him at his SS home afew times. An outstanding gentleman. Condolences to Stan’s famijy & friends.

From: John Stonoski
Relation: Am former resident of South Slocan

As a former resident of South Slocan I well remember Stan…a fine man. Good memories working with him at West Kootenay Power.

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: I knew him as a friend

I am very sorry to hear of Stan’s passing I met Stan shortly after he moved to South Slocan and worked with him at West Kootenay in the 1960;s he was a great person and will be missed by every one that knew him.

From: Josephine Bourgeois
Relation: Friend and Neighbour

Penny, David and Peter:

Your father lived a long and active life. His obituary reminded us of all the community work both your parents were involved in.

In the late 1960’s your dad got Joe interested in skiing, so he purchased 2 pr of your wooden skis at $10/pr for Ron and Chris. After your dad took Ron to Red Mtn a couple times with your family, we decided to take lessons rather than sit in the lodge for the day when we drove the kids.

Stan will be missed. May he Rest in Peace.

Josephine, Ron and Chris

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
June 8, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L1T2

613 Ward Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L1T2

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