Bruce Vincent Baker
Bruce Vincent Baker - 76 of Oakland, Lunenburg County, passed away from a brief illness with cancer on February 7, 2020 at Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital.
Born April 14, 1943 in Halifax, he was the son of the late Spencer Garfield Baker and Verna Leotis (Haughn) Baker.
Bruce is survived by his son, Bruce Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Martin’s Point; daughter, Denise and her fiancé, Timmy Tanner, Back Centre; grandchildren, Rachel and Nathan Baker; and Kelsi-Rose and Ivy-Marie Tanner.
Bruce was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend, Gladys, his brother Raymond Baker, his parents, and his wife’s parents, Karl and Jean Oxner, to whom he was like a son.
Bruce started his career at Central Autobody in Dartmouth. His love and knowledge of cars brought him to a life time career as an Insurance Adjuster with Canavans Insurance Appraisals until his retirement.
He was not quite ready to stop working so he became a warehouse delivery driver for Stelia North America for a few years.
As an active member of the Mahone Bay Legion he participated in community events where he fostered many close friendships. Bruce was also a past member of the Mahone Bay Fire Department.
He was an avid musician who met countless friends along his musical journey playing with local artists and in various bands such as The DeHavillands, The Eastern Four, Music City, Private Collection, and most recently The Centurians and the St. John’s Lutheran Church Band in Mahone Bay.
Bruce was also a long time member of the South Shore Blue Grass Association.
He had a kind, charming, friendly and fun nature, with a helping hand for everyone. He often would be just one of the boys hanging out at camp with his son, grandson and friends, four wheeling and snowmobiling with his son in law, or chatting in a garage.
His daughter was his little girl even in her adulthood. He loved his family, adored his grand children and enjoyed time spent with his many friends.
Always young at heart he often joked that his body would not allow him to keep up with all the crazy things his mind wanted to do.
He was full of creativity and could fix or tackle any challenge, big or small. He enjoyed working on cars (especially corvettes), tinkering in the garage, the outdoors, camping, his bass guitar, music, and happy hour.
He was a big man with a warm heart.
The family would like to thank his care support team for their compassion and support during this difficult time: Dr. Weeks at QEII, Dr. Robertson and staff at SSRH, Dr. Gowan and the Palliative Care Team, and Dr. McAuley and the wonderful FMH 2nd floor medical nurses.
Thank you also to friends who have reached out with love and kindness to support us. It is heartwarming to know that our Dad was loved and liked by so many.
There will be no visitation or funeral service at this time. A graveside service and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.
Donations can be made to the Mahone Bay Legion or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay (902-624-8241). Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mahonefuneral.ca
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