George Knowlton Baker Sr., 91, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019. He was the husband of Barbara (Helms, Raines) Baker and the late Marjorie M. (Cundy) Baker. He was born in Rumford, R.I., the son of the late Herbert L. and Marie (Parrisault) Baker.
George was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and had a courageous spirit and deep love for his country, family and friends.
He founded Rumford Aquarium, which eventually became Rumford Pet Centers, from the basement of his home. The business evolved into what is now known as Pet Food Experts and is owned and operated by George’s grandson, Michael Baker. George was a past president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association. He was active in his community and served on the board of directors of the former Old Stone Bank in R.I. He also was past president of St. Mary’s Home for Children, serving for 20 years. He was a founder of the Newman YMCA, Seekonk, Mass., and chaired the building fund. He was an honorary board member of the Greater Providence YMCA.
George was a senior warden and vestry member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cgurch in Rumford, R.I., and was later a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center, Fla.
George loved golf and was a member of the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. for many years and later a member of the Renaissance Country Club in Sun City Center, Fla. With a big laugh and even bigger heart, George’s legacy is one of love and service to others.
Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters: Bonnie L. Oliver (Johnny) of East Providence, R.I.; Nancy Hanoian (Harry) of Narragansett, R.I.; and Joyce M. Rebello (Arthur) of Riverside, R.I.; one son, George K. Baker Jr. (Betsy) of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two step-sons, Mark Raines of Brunswick, Ga. and David Raines of Atlanta, Ga. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and 18 great-grandchildren. George was the brother of the late Herbert Baker, Robert Baker, Lillian Baker, Florence Hussey and Charlotte Hanley.
Following a private graveside service Saturday, May 25, a celebration of George’s life was held for the family and close friends at the Wannamoisett Country Club.
Donations in George’s name can be made to the Newman YMCA, Charitable George K. Baker Golf Tournament, 472 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771 or to St. Mary’s Home for Children, 420 Fruit Hill Ave., N Providence, RI 02911.
Charles William Stroh, 97, better known as “Bill,” passed away on May 19, 2019. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from Colgate University. He was a pilot in the 9th Air Force in the ETO and then was with the Erie Railroad, which became Convail, for 35 years. Bill was a talented golfer and tennis player in his 35 years at Kings Point.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of 71 years, his son John, granddaughter Kristin Binder and three great-grandchildren.
Debra Adair Vance born May 31, 1965, passed away on Mothers Day, May 12, 2019. She was a mother, grandmother and caregiver. Services will be held June 1 at 11 a.m. at Maranatha Church Of God, 101 6th Ave. SE, Ruskin, FL 33570.