Sadly, on February 5th 2016 my father Richard Alexander Baker born March 7th 1947, passed away in his home, in Rutherglen Ontario. Patti & I had the great fortune to be able to book a flight out of Tampa Fl. on Feb. 4th to be with him in his final hours. He knew we were there and did his best to communicate with us. The final proof was in his tears. After his long battle with cancer, it was now time for him to let go. I sat next to him and held his hand as he took his last breaths. He drifted away peacefully, in his own bed. This was an incredibly bittersweet moment between a father and son and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. He started out as my father, and earned the title of “My Dad & Trusted Best Friend”. I feel forever in his debt for the wonderful life he provided for me.

After 50 years of marriage, it is now time for my mother (Anna Baker) to begin a new chapter in her life.

I make my living performing music. My Dad was and still is a huge influence on me finding my way in life. He and My Mom helped give me the strength and courage to follow my dream. I now get to live my dream every day of my life. I find it fitting that my relationship with My Dad be told briefly in a song.

The Conway Twitty song in the video below, best describes the safety, security, love & support My Dad gave me.

I love you and miss you so much Dad.

Watch the video in 1080p here.

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We will be having a “Celebration Of Life” event for my Dad on Saturday June 4th 2016 at the Royal Canadian Legion Br.599 at 30 Legion Dr, North Bay, ON P1B 8Z4 (705) 476-0566. This is the West Ferris Legion near Hwy 11 & Lakeshore Dr. in North Bay. Get directions here. Best hotel rates here.

1pm – 4pm

I will perform some of my Dad’s favorite music for an hour (2pm-3pm) and meet with our guests before and after. There will be a lite lunch and a cash bar. Casual dress. All are welcome. Just the way he would have wanted it.

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  1. It’s your Seventy first birthday today. Had a chat with Mom the other day. We miss you like crazy. You sure did leave us with some fantastic memories. Love you forever Dad.

    Thank you to everyone for your condolences and wonderful comments about my Dad.
    He was incredible to talk with. By far, the best and most inspiring conversations I have ever had in my adult life, were with my Dad.
    I think for right now, that is what I miss the most.
    One of the last things he said to me was “Don’t hate.”
    His positive outlook on society and his integrity to do the right thing has really helped shape the man I’ve become.
    I feel so very fortunate to have had him as a father.

      1. Thanks Paul. My dad was not big on funerals or the fuss over them. But we are looking into a possible 1 or 2 hour celebration of life function, where I would perform and we could all get together. In North Bay of course. We are thinking, early this summer. If you have any suggestions were we might do this, please feel free to contact me through our CONTACT US page. I will post any updates to this here on this page.

  3. Was an absolute pleasure working with Richard. He always made me laugh. Hearing of his passing I would like to wish on behalf of my family to his, our most sincere condolences. Thanks for a lot of wonderful memories Richard.
    Greg Neethling

  4. Brett… I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Patti and your family. Big hugs for you guys … Love you both!!!

  5. Please accept our sincere sympathies on the loss of Richard. He was truly a wonderful man. I enjoyed our many conversations at Metso and I will miss his great spirit. Wes.

  6. I would to like give my sincere condolences to the family of Richard Baker, he was an amazing guy, friend and a great co worker at Metso. I learned a lot from my partner. I remember when he was working he always rang the bell on the sweeper as he went by, and put a smile on every ones face even when they were feeling down . So I will continue to ring the bell in his honour as I do his job, and remember what a terrific guy he was. He may be gone but will never be forgotten . RIP Richard

  7. Hello Brett
    So Very sorry to hear about your Dad. Donna and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences. We never did get to meet him but I know we had many talks about him at the different shows. He sounded like such a great person and we know where you get your personality. Take care and we look forward to seeing you in the near future. We know you will be in good hands with Patti there. take care and god bless

  8. Brett
    So Very sorry to hear about your dad he was an amazing man we had many laughs in the plant at Metso just a real stand up fun guy to be around we were all shocked to hear the news and if there is anything the gang at Metso can do to help out your mom or family just ask my friend be strong through these tough days our thoughts are with you and family

    RIP big fella

    1. Thank you. Your kind words about my Dad really mean a lot. I’m glad to hear that you got to enjoy some time around him. He truly was fun to be around. He had a great sense of humor and he really knew how to hold his own in a conversation.

  9. To Anna , Brett & Patti

    My condolences to all of you.

    I will miss him a lot. We became friends the first day he started here. He was an amazing man, HIS LOVE TO YOU ALL WAS PHENOMINAL.

    1. Thanks, so much Paul. He always talked highly of his time at Metso. I think the job and the great people were a good fit for him at his age. He had accomplished so much in the workforce throughout his life, and developed some incredible people skills. He simply loved having a good job to go to and earn an honest living. It was nice to see him wind down to a much less stressful job situation with some good people. Thanks for being a part of that. And thanks again for your kind words.

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