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Irene Baker

May 3, 1922 - January 19, 2010
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Irene Baker was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.       Irene was born on May 3, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. She was the daughter of Russell and Rosina Ridge. Irene grew up in East York, Toronto,...
Irene Baker was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Irene was born on May 3, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. She was the daughter of Russell and Rosina Ridge. Irene grew up in East York, Toronto, Ontario.

      Irene was raised with one sibling. She had a younger sister, Lois. Irene was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her sibling. She and her sister experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Irene had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. In her spare time she liked to dance, ballet and modern were her favourites. Irene's memorable achievements included teaching dance. However, to Irene, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Irene had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from East York High School in 1940. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Always considered a "good" friend to those she knew, Irene enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, her best friend was Cora Barwell. Later in life, she became friends with Lillian Hudson.

      On July 24, 1948 Irene exchanged wedding vows with Austin Baker at North Broadview United Church of Toronto, Ontario. Empathic and loyal, Irene was committed to making her new family happy.

      Irene worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Irene was blessed with two sons, Ric and Jim. Another blessing for Irene was the gift of two grandchildren, Maryline and Max and four great grandchildren, Cody, Christian, Matthew and Morgan.

      Irene enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favourite pursuits were Bunka, needle point, sewing and knitting. She was content to enjoy her favourite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Irene found pleasure in sports. Recreational sports included bowling and curling. Irene was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favourite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list were curling and figure skating.

      Irene enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favourite vacations included camping and traveling with family.

      Irene was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Her family was rounded out by Tucker, a Lab, Oreo, a Shitzu and Karma the cat.

      Irene passed away peacefully while she slept, on January 19, 2010 at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home Chapel. Irene was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.

      Simply stated, Irene was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Irene leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Irene Baker.

 
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