BAKER, James Minott – of Boxford, April 25, 2012 age 79, beloved husband of Deborah (McMillen) Baker, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by his loving family. Born & raised in Gardner, he was the son of the late James W.H. & Olive L. (Minott) Baker. He graduated from Gardner High School & attended the University of Vermont. He then pursued his passion at East Coast Aero Tech to prepare for a career in aviation. An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during the Korean Conflict as a member of the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Baker had been employed originally as a pilot for Northeast Airlines and for Delta Airlines most of his career as a pilot, assistant Chief pilot and then Chief pilot, until his retirement in 1993. He also worked as pilot & Director of Flight Operations for King Air Charters, Lawrence Airport, Director of Flight Operations for the new Pan Am, based out of Pease Air Force Base & an aviation analyst for Fox 25 News & NECN. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather & friend who will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his wife with whom he shared 32 years of marriage, he is survived by 3 sons, Scott A. Baker & his wife, Mary R. of Sandown, NH, Steven J. Baker & his wife, Jana M. of Hebron, KY & James M. Baker of Boxfor
d, a daughter, Paula A. Deffer & her husband, Scott J. of Beverly; 13 grandchildren Sara, Erin, David-James, Carl, Daniel, Anna, Brody, Andrew, Eric, Alison, Mitchell, Madison and Mason. He was also the brother of the late John A. Baker. A funeral service will be held at the Congregational Church of Topsfield, 9 East Common St., Topsfield, Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. Relatives & friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location) Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Burial in Central Cemetery, Halifax, MA, Tuesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in James’ memory to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or the Congregational Church of Topsfield, 9 East Common St., Topsfield , MA 01983. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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