Brian Baker a resident of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. a former long time resident of Chetwynd, B.C. passed away on March 8th, 2004 in Tumbler Ridge at the age of 70 years.
A memorial service was held on Saturday March 13th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Legion Hall in Chetwynd.
Pastor Bill Evans officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.
Brian was born in Vancouver in 1933 at St. Paul?s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. He was the first child of Catherine and Ed Baker. His sister, Heather, was born 7 years later. Heather was always trying to get Brian in trouble with his parents. One day she found some of his drawings of nudes he had done from Playboy magazines and took them to his parents. His dad thought Brian would make a pretty good artist. As Brian grew up his interests included hunting, fishing and camping. This made him a natural for helping his Dad run a sporting goods store.
In 1953 he married Jill Emerton-Court and had six children: Jan, Sue, Rob, Maggie, Mark, and Barb. He divorced and moved north to Chetwynd in 1972. In 1978, on Friday the 13th, he met Sherry Berringer at the Elks. Two weeks later they were engaged and six months later they were married in Victoria, B.C. They moved to Bella Bella where Brian taught Industrial Arts at the Band School. Brian and Sherry traveled to Nova Scotia in 1980 to visit Sherry?s parents for a year. They then moved back to Chetwynd where Brian worked in construction for Don Swanton.
Brian wrote a nature column for the Chetwynd paper called, ?Fur, Fin, and Feathers? under the pen name of ?Silvertip?. He wrote several short articles for the tourist magazine ?Tales of the Hart? as well as his own poetry. In 1983 Brian got his grade 12 and said, ?Well, it only took me 50 years.? Shelly got Shelly Proctor to silkscreen a t-shirt with Grad 83 for his accomplishment.
In 1983 he became a teacher?s aide for School District #59 and worked in that capacity for 10 years until his retirement. In 1987, he and Sherry bought a place at Moberly Lake and resided there for 13 years. During that time, there was much hunting and fishing on West Moberly River with many a Dolly Varden caught for supper and many a moose roast enjoyed with company.
Brian was always interested in nature, history and archeology, and especially in dinosaurs and birds. When he was younger he had banded with the Canadian Wildlife. When he moved to Tumbler Ridge in 2000, he became co-chair of TROG, the Tumbler Ridge Ornithology Group. He brought in speakers for the club and went on several outings for bird watching, including what he called an ?Owl Prowl.? He built bird feeders and nest boxes for the club and donated a suggestion box for the newly opened Moose Flats Observatory just outside of Tumbler.
He was a carpenter, electrician, plumber, writer, artist, actor and conservationist. Brian had a love of learning and he was always willing to take the time to teach others what he knew. He had a great sense of humour and loved to tell stories. No matter how many times he told the same story, it was always funny. He was a good friend and knew how to listen and support anyone with a problem. He was generous not only with his time but with anything he owned.
He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Memorial arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.