Al Baker “AlB”

Al Baker, April 15, 1949 – July 15, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the sudden passing of my best friend and husband Al Baker (AlB) on July 15, 2020, at the age of 71.
AlB was born April 15, 1949 to Edward and Edith Baker (predeceased) in Woodstock, Ontario.
AlB is survived by myself, his wife of 22 wonderful years, Liz Baker (Pearson), his son, Christopher (Topher) Baker (Kirsten), his step-sons, Jeff Perrin (Jen), and Todd (Kidlet) Perrin (best friend Tina);  Grandchildren, Grayson, Beckett and Kinsley, and step-grandchildren, Michael, Ryan and Rachael.  AlB is predeceased by his brother David.
AlB is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Bachelor of Arts, 1976.  While a student, AlB was the Student Manager of the University’s football team and also assisted with their basketball and hockey teams.  AlB obtained his Canadian Securities Course in 1982.
Although AlB worked in a variety of fields, his main career was with Richardson Greenshields/Dominion Securities for over 20 years before being able to retire at the age of 50.
AlB achieved the position of Vice President of Richardson Greenshields of Canada, as well as the Vice President Trading Officer of Investment Dealers Association of Canada Stock Exchange.
AlB enjoyed many achievements, including the University of Toronto School of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music, Honours Certificates for Theory and Piano Examination at the age of 14.
Between 1977 to 1983 AlB was a member of the Dukes of Harmony Barbershop Chorus.  In 1977 at Philadelphia Pennsylvania they were the first Canadian Chorus to ever win first place at the International Chorus Championship.  They won first place again in 1980 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
During the years 1999 to 2017, AlB monitored the field phones to the pressbox for the University of Michigan Football, at “The Big House”.
AlB was a proud member of the Maple City Golf and Country Club and the Kent Club for over 30 years. The friends AlB gained at our Florida winter home at Seven Springs
Golf & Country Club filled his last 11 years with so many great times and memories.
AlB will always be remembered for telling great stories, jokes and for being a true master at making his family and friends laugh. As per AlB’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private internment at the Anglican Cemetery in Woodstock will follow at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider a charity of your choice.
I leave you with this, “Don’t take life for granted, for those who died yesterday had plans for today.”  In a flash, my life changed forever! So, forgive often and always love with a full heart.
Till we meet again, AlB.

67 Comments on “Al Baker “AlB””

  1. Beautifully said Liz. My sincere condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Liz & Family : Our thoughts and prayers are with you . We always enjoyed ALB’s presence . He loved the story of the 49er’s.
    Sincere Condolences
    Valerie & Don

  3. Liz and family. My heart sunk when reider told me about Alby We had so many great times over the years Even when he couldn’t play anymore , he would always come out to ride with me at the Kent club tourney , he was the maple city ambassador that day We all loved him at mccc He made everyone always feel so good. I could go on and on. Chris and I are going to miss him so much ,,,love you guys. Johnny d

  4. We are heartbroken for you, Liz. Cherishing special memories of time spent with the two of you.
    Rob and Karen Whyte

  5. Remember many Sunday mornings after golf. We would always have a couple of drinks with Weasel,Reid and Dino. lots of good memories. Gone way to soon.

  6. So very sad to hear this, Liz. I have fond memories of Al B. Sending you much love and prayers for comfort. Love, Bethie (Ricica) and Joey Kloostra

  7. Al was an outstanding person, he was always smiling and had a great attitude about life. We stayed in touch, after Al graduated from the University of Guelph. Our sincere condolences to you and your family Liz.

  8. So sorry for your loss Liz. AlB will be missed by many many people. Such a great and fun loving guy. Condolences to you and your family.

  9. So sorry to hear this news, Liz. Al B was always so kind to me at MCCC, and now when I’m back home visiting. Hard to imagine him not walking through the pro shop door with another great story. Hope you are able to spend time with family sharing what must be many, many great stories. Sending thoughts and prayers from New York. Love, Hilary Dengel & Family.

  10. Very sorry to here this. I met Al’B at the Kent club when we moved to Chatham in 1989. Over the years I always enjoyed talking to Al’B. Great guy he will be certainly missed.
    Our condolences Scott & Terry Pritchard

  11. Hello Liz,
    Our sincerest condolences to you, Topher, Jeff, Todd and families.
    May God surround you with all his love, care, and strength.
    We know AlB was so special to you.
    May all the beautiful memories be a blessing to you all.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Deb and Perry Furlan and family

  12. So sorry for your loss Liz. AlB was a great friend and a really fun guy to be around. Will always cherish our member guest days at Maple City and as Maple City Ambassadors the year neither of us were able to play. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    1. Liz I am so sad for your huge sudden loss. Life is so fragile. I did not know Al well but I am heart broken for you and yours
      Please know I care
      Sherrill Kivell and Dash

  13. I am so very sorry to hear this Liz. He was such a great fun loving guy. I have so many fond memories of working with him at the Chatham office and we shared so many laughs. He made going to work fun. I know he will be missed by many.

  14. Liz
    So sorry to hear of AlB’s passing. In our hearts he will always be remembered with a smile, for all his funny stories and sayings!!!
    He will be missed by all.
    Love Don and Jen

  15. We are at a loss. Heaven has gained another angel but left heavy hearts on earth. We will definitely miss Albs smiling face. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Liz and the family.
    CarolAnne and Tony

  16. Liz,
    I am so sorry for your loss, Alb will be missed at Seven Springs and Wedge Way.He was always there to make me smile
    with his warm remarks. I will always keep the copy of Amos Moses he gave me. We had fun singing it one St. Pat’s Day.
    I hope to see you this winter and give you a big hug.
    Love Flo

  17. So sorry for your loss, Liz. It is a big hole left to us at SSGCC, too. He will be missed. The picture you posted will always be my memory of AlB. Sue VanderPloeg

  18. I met Al at the University of Guelph in the early 70’s. I have such fond memories of him and his white bucket hat and his humour. Rest In Peace Al … sounds like you had an amazing life, Wendy

  19. Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will help you at this time. I hope you remember all of the joyous times with family and let the memories be the consolation you need in the dark times.

    Thinking of you and yours. Sending our love. xoxo Ryan and Jodi

  20. Liz…we will all miss AlB but it’s a journey we all will take one day. If the only prayer we say for him is God thank you for the laughter and friendship he gave…..it says it ALL. Thank you AlB for being our friend.
    Ron and “YOYO”

  21. That picture is a perfect pic! That was Alb!!! I always loved walking up with Mittzie and he would come out to greet her and she would just run up to him! Such a cherished memory ! Liz .. he will be greatly missed!!!!!!

    1. Liz,
      I am so sorry for your loss.
      Alb will be missed
      my prayers are with you and your family .

  22. Oh, Liz. We are so sorry to hear this news. I first met Al when he, and several other RBC folks, chaired and sponsored United Way’s golf tournament at Maple City Golf & Country Club. We had tons of laughs and raised a lot of money for our community. He was so easy to chat with and always lifted my spirits. He once gave me a small, flat heart-shaped stone that he found on his way in to a golf meeting. It was a lovely gesture, and I still have that stone to this day. Such a lovely reminder of a truly caring, warm, funny human being. He will be missed by so many. Sincere condolences to all the family.

  23. Liz,so sorry for the loss of the funny man of Wedgeway . Way too soon. He always had a laughable story for me.All the boys will miss him on the course at Seven Springs. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  24. Brian and Lorna Riddell
    We were very sorry to hear this news. We have many fond memories of Al from our university of Guelph days…
    Our thoughts are with all of you at this time.

  25. Very sorry for your loss Liz, it’s been awhile but we had so many great times together, from Michigan games, to golf games and the 2 fingered drinks at the Club, ALB always had time to stop and spend time to catch up, we played together in a scramble 2 years ago and the group laughed for the complete round, so many great memories, one last time ALB this ones for you “Go State”

  26. Sheri & I both felt a terrible loss at the news of AlB’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family, and hope you can fill the hole AlB left with all the great memories (and stories) he gave us all. Seven Springs and Wedge Way just won’t be the same! It’s clear reading his obituary that there was a lot more to the man than he let on (who knew he was a piano virtuoso and a Barbershopper??). I will always remember him coming out to greet us on Hole 2 on days he didn’t play, and his comments and wise-cracks during the days he did! Mostly though, I remember him for the way he welcomed us into Wedge Way. It was as if he’d known us all his life and was welcoming us back as old friends. We will miss him dearly, and think of him every time we see a Gnome!

  27. Jim and I are so sorry for the sudden passing of Alb. Wedge Way surely will not be the same without him. What a beautiful tribute to your best friend and hubby. He will be missed. We didn’t know him long, since we were the newest Wedgies, but he was a joy…

  28. Hey Liz,
    We are simply blown away by AlB’s passing. Your tribute was so moving and reminded us all of how quickly life changes. We will forever miss his kind eyes, his quick wit and happy heart.
    Dear Al B it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye. You left way too soon and we will miss you all the rest of our days. Till we meet again.
    Lorne and Nancy Collins

    1. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. Alb will be missed .
      My prayers are with you and your family
      Laura Gyori

  29. We are saddened to hear of AlB’s passing. We will miss him. Thinking of you and your family Liz. Sending our love and prayers.

    Katie, Ryan, Maddie, and Emma xo

  30. Liz,
    We are having difficulty thinking Alb is gone. For 6+ years, we would see him in FL. He was a funny, kind, person whom we respected and loved (yes we did!) I know that he’s in a wonderful place having nightly martinis with Gary. He will be missed but he is in our memories and our hearts.

  31. Alb you always new how to light up a room, with your smile and humour. Rest easy!! You will be missed by many and will be remembered by many. Liz you are in are thoughts and prays. Love always Darryl, Nancy and the kids.

  32. Liz I am so sad to hear about Al. My heart goes out to you & your family. He will be missed by many. My thoughts & prayers are with you
    Hugs Angie Shreve

  33. Dear Liz : Doug and I are so sorry for the loss of Al . Our condolences to your family at this time.
    Linda and Doug Goldsmith

  34. Liz, We are sad to here of AlB’s passing, he was a wonderful person. Remember Liz, AlB is gone from your sight, but he will always be in your heart!

  35. Liz, Mary Jane and I are so saddened by AlB’s passing. We have so many great memories from the club and of course the football games. I truly treasure my conversation with him last week. I am sure he will have a few words with the Dean upon his arrival upstairs.
    Gerry and Mary Jane Bellinger

  36. Liz, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of AlB.
    He was truly a people person. Always upbeat with endless funny stories and jokes. He had a personality you couldn’t help but gravitate to. You two were the perfect couple. Always welcoming with an open door. I enjoyed every visit and every great meal AlB prepared. He truly was a great cook. The Minnesota Baked Beans recipe was a big hit at our community gathering this year and kudos went to you both when people asked about the recipe. I’m sure it would make AlB proud.
    God bless you, the boys and their families. Please know we are thinking of you and hold in our hearts during this difficult time.
    Karen and Paul

  37. Dear Liz,
    Al and I are heartbroken at the loss of our dear Alb!
    He always had a smile, a joke or a story to make us laugh!
    You and Alb were the best quarantine buddies we could ever have!
    We will have many tears, laughter and memories to share together.
    We miss you so much Alb! We will always be there for you my dear Liz!

  38. Hi Liz!
    This is Ted, writing for the three of us Gustavsson’s.
    I was told of Al’s passing today and I realized within moments how I will miss the cheerfully sarcastic and lovable AlB.
    Seven springs won’t be the same without him.

    Sending our love and thoughts, Lennart, Carina & Ted.

  39. Liz: ALB was a treat. Back in the day when he first came to Chatham he discovered me and Gary Brown as we all worked out of the same building. ALB used to fire upstairs for some of his breaks which allowed the three of us to cover a lot of ground in 15 minutes (all of it hilarious). He was the best. George Teasdale

  40. Liz so very sorry for your loss. You and Al made the perfect couple and had a wonderful life together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care. Rob and Stephanie.

  41. Liz
    We were shocked & saddened to learn of Alb’s passing. He was such a great guy, also friendly and ready with a smile. Seven Springs will not be the same. Please know you are in our thoughts.
    Lynn & Jim Coffey

    PS Great picture.

  42. Liz, sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful tribute you wrote regarding his life. Although I never really knew him, I feel him through your words. Seven Springs will miss him, but look forward to seeing you in the fall. Big hug

  43. Dear Liz, Jeff and Todd
    Our sincere condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts.
    Glenn and Kaye Mills

  44. Liz, and family. Bonnie and I were shocked and saddened upon hearing about Alb. We always looked forward to his
    annual May 1st phone calls and fondly remember tailgating in Michigan.
    You are in our prayers.
    Bob and Bonnie Clark

  45. Liz,
    I’m very sorry to hear about AlB’s passing. It was always great to have you and AlB around at U of M tailgates. I always loved the lively conversations we’d have. He and I would get talking and before I knew it I’d be saying things in a Canadian accent. He could bring out the inner Canadian in anyone! I always enjoyed spending time with him and he will be remembered and missed.
    My thoughts are with you and your family,
    Mike Madej

  46. Sincere condolences Liz, to you and your family, and thank you so much for letting Woodstock folks know that Al has passed away.
    We are contemporaries of Al’s parents and first met Allen (the child) at Ed and Edith’s house. That’s where our barbershop quartet
    practised … Ed sang bass. Al got his first experience singing barbershop at Woodstock Collegiate in an all boys chorus called The Chordsmen.
    Subsequently to such great heights in that world!
    We remember Al as a great kid, seeing him only once in a while in his adult years, still a classy guy. Last connection was probably when Edith died in 2007.
    Your message to us all … right on, and appreciated.

  47. So sorry to hear of Alan passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We were very good friends with Ed and Edith and now we have a great granddaughter whose name is Edith Diana Downs, March l8, 2020. Howard and I were barbershoppers as well and Ed was the bass in the quartet that Howard sang with. I still have a whole lots of precious memories of times we spent together.

  48. LIZ……Such a shock to hear about Al. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rae & Bernie Morrell

  49. Liz, so very shocked and sorry to hear of AlB’s passing. I loved talking with him and watching him laugh until he teared up! I hope that you (and your family) are holding up and hope to touch base with you in the near future to reminisce and have a few laughs. AlB would like that. Take care.
    Kim & John (Beug) Beuglet

  50. Liz, I was shocked to hear of Al passing. I meet Al for the first time at Richardson’s where he ended up being my broker and my advisor. I enjoyed meeting him at Maple City, always good for cheery greetings and a great laugh. He will be missed by all that knew him. Enjoy all the good memories I am sure there are many. My thoughts are with you all.
    Jim

  51. Liz & Family: Sorry to hear of ALB’s passing. May memories of the best of times be of comfort to you.

  52. Everything you said was so perfect Liz. Our hearts go out to you and your family . You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  53. Liz: May I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  54. Liz, and family…so sorry to hear of your husbands passing…please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time
    Dianne n Rob Jackson

  55. Liz, I am so very sad and sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Your tribute was beautiful. You were both so very kind sharing your love of Michigan Football. I would often share my experience of seeing the Wolverine shrine room in your house or your kind gifts use to decorate our son’s Michigan room. May God help you in this sad time and lift you up with the great memories you shared together.

  56. Liz so sorry to hear of ALB’s passing. As I read all these touching and heartfelt tributes its a true testament to the wonderful person he was…He will be missed but know that he is laughing and making jokes in heaven…Hugs to you as you gather to celebrate your life and memories with him

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