American Patriotic 10

Harold J. Baker Jr.

October 30, 1947 ~ April 13, 2022 (age 74)


It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts we mourn the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Harold passed away at home surrounded by the love of family and friends after a long difficult battle with cancer fought with courage, strength, and hope. Born in Bermuda, raised in New Jersey, he was the son of the late E. Jane Harvey Baker Campbell.

Harold is survived by his wife, best friend, care taker, and love of his life, Gayle (Muchowski) Baker; sons, Tim Baker and his wife Kari and step-son Will, Darren Baker and his wife Renee; daughters, Rowan and Drew; brother, Robert Baker and his wife Candy; sister, Laura Ponkos; cousins, Bob and Jim Harvey; nieces, Amy Baker Carney and her husband Billy, daughters, Lia and Willa, Jill Baker Beliveau and her husband Andy, sons, Owen and Connor, and Sarah Ponkos, nephew, Robert Ponkos, special and best friend of 62 years, Ken Fulmore and his wife Lauren, sons Bryan and Jason, Karen and Dennis Marcello, Gary and Nancy Lee, Denise and Kevin Doyle, Joanne and Fred Schottler; and all his dinner group friends.

Harold was predeceased by his mother and grandmother; Laura Harvey who raised him; Uncle Bob and Aunt Chris Harvey; brother-in-law, Bob Ponkos; and step-father, John Campbell.

Harold was a graduate of Salem State College and worked in sales for many years for RJ Nabisco, Planters Division.  He was a proud veteran of the Air Force, and if any one asked him how long he served his answer would be, “3 years, 8 months, 29 days and 9 ½ hours.”

He was a dedicated proud volunteer for Pease Greeters, both in time and donations, often going out in the middle of the night in all kinds of weather to greet our troops, welcome them home with a hearty handshake, hug if needed and his beautiful smile.

Harold loved his family, friends, home and country above all else. Priceless time with his granddaughters Rowan and Drew, watching endless hours of “Barbie” sharing popcorn and Skittles and always asking them, “Did I tell you today how much I love you?”

Although we are heart broken, we are grateful for the love he gave us, the joy he brought us, and the memories we will forever cherish in our hearts.  We will live each day surrounded by his love and never forget the magic he brought to this world. 

If Harold has touched your life as he has touched ours, and you have fond memories of the love and joy he shared, please perform a small act of kindness towards others.

Honoring Harold’s wishes, there will not be any funeral service and a celebration of life will be held in the future.


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