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Robert "Bob" Baker
Robert “Bob” L. Baker, 69, passed away on August 11, 2020. Bob was a graduate of Norton High School, Class of 1969 and attended Kent State University. He worked for Forest City Enterprises and retired from the Akron Public Schools.
Bob defined family broadly and his family was most important to him. He was a loving husband, thoughtful son, “the best” big brother, a never-miss-a-pitch father, generous father-in-law, and an extremely proud Papa. Tyler was his fishing buddy, Blake had him laughing, Connor kept him on his toes, and Jackson’s snuggles made him smile. Bob was always on the move and planning his next adventure. His outgoing personality and genuine smile allowed him to make many life-long friends. Bob will be missed by his Friday Night group, his fellow Norton Panthers, his golf partners, his baseball buddies, and his many relatives and friends.
Bob loved the game of baseball. Third base was his home for over forty years and he followed the Cleveland Indians until the day he died. Golf became his passion in his retirement and there was definitely a love/hate relationship between Bob and his golf game.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Baker. Bob is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Katie (Lucas) Bowen, and Kevin (Hali) Baker; grandchildren, Tyler, Blake, Connor and Jackson Bowen; mother, Helen Baker; sisters, Marilyn (Ken) Herold and Judy (John) Jusi; brother, Les (Darlene) Baker; and sisters-in-law, Linda McCormick and Kimberly Eckberg.
Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, on Monday, August 17 from 11 to 1 and 4 to 7. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Norton High School PPABC Scholarship Fund to establish a scholarship in Bob's memory.
Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For the safety of all of our guests, we kindly ask that Social Distancing be practiced and that Masks be worn when in the Funeral Home to help not only protect the family and our staff, but also any visitors coming to pay their respects. We would also like to encourage you to continue the sharing of memories and any further conversations outside of the building to keep the receiving line flowing and to further allow more guests to enter our chapel. We gratefully appreciate your understanding.
I can't express Terri's and my sympathy enough to the entire Baker family. Bob was so important to me for the last 50 years and saying goodbye is not an option. Let's just say see you later Bake. Teammates and golf partners are linked together forever. Best leadoff man I ever played with. Those eight to ten pitch at bats to lead off the game were so common place. So here's to you Bake, forever my little brother from another Mother. hoov
John & Terri Hoover Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
Bake, going to miss you my good friend. So many memories. All those years playing against each other in the AA League. To become such close friends being opponents is a testimony to the type of person you were; someone liked by everyone. So fortunate to have played that one season together.
Cheryl my prayers are with you and your family!
George Lamb Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
I worked with Bob for several years at APS. He was always very helpful and I appreciated our conversations and sharing some laughs along the way. Our sincere sympathies to the Baker family.
Jim and Patty Dyer
Jim and Patty Dyer Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
Thinking of the entire Baker family during this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bill Meredith Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
My name is Jeff Gibson and Bob was my JV baseball coach when I coached baseball at Revere. He was an excellent baseball man and person. Our views on baseball development were pretty much the same. I felt fortunate to have him as my JV coach. I would have liked to keep him on but I believe he left because of his job obligation. My oldest son played JV ball when Bob was coaching. I told my son of Bob's passing and he said to pass on his condolences. He enjoyed having Bob as his coach. My son reminded me of an evening that the 3 of us went to an Indians game after a practice one evening. I also knew Bob from playing Roy Hobbs baseball. And yes...he really loved baseball!
Jeffrey Gibson Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
I was blessed to have worked with Bob at APS and never did he enter our school without a smile on his face and a pleasant comment. No matter what disaster he was coming to help us with, the moment he walked into the office you just knew it was going to be okay. He was a gift and I am so very sorry for your loss. If we all were able to share just a little of his kindness with others, this world would truly be a wonderful place.
Nancy Fuller Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
To the Baker Family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was a great Athlete, team-mate, and a great person. May he rest in peace. God Bless. Lou Yovanovich and family
Lou Yovanovich Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
our deepest condolences for the baker family. it was a pleasure to know and work with bob.he will surely be missed.
dave & sally smith Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM
What an awesome guy...Mike & I loved you all...Loved the jokes & emails we've sent for year..it's gonna be OK Bakers..Gramps & Fields are showing Bob the ropes..Heaven will never be the same with our 3 guys Godspeed on your journey Bob..you deserve it..love always Chubs & family
Lorraine Fields Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Robert Baker, you have forced us to confront our own mortality. It is unsettling. But your character, your honor, and your strength lessens my fearfulness. The ancient Greeks believed that you cannot and should not judge a person's life until it is whole. You did good, Bobby. Really good.
Jim Hall Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM