Sydney Baker Obituary
 
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Sydney Joseph Baker

April 23, 1918 - June 14, 2014
Obituary

SYDNEY JOSEPH BAKER Sydney J. Baker, formerly of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma, after a long and successful life. Born on April 23, 1918 to Pauline Gruber and Harry Baker, he grew up on what later became Baker Avenue in Middle River with his brother Sam and his sisters Anne, Maxine, Shirley and Evelyn. Syd heeded the call of duty during the Second World War, and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. Later, as an Army infantryman, Syd participated as part of the invasion force on D-Day in Normandy, serving under General Patton. A graduate of Maryland State...
SYDNEY JOSEPH BAKER


Sydney J. Baker, formerly of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma, after a long and successful life. Born on April 23, 1918 to Pauline Gruber and Harry Baker, he grew up on what later became Baker Avenue in Middle River with his brother Sam and his sisters Anne, Maxine, Shirley and Evelyn.

Syd heeded the call of duty during the Second World War, and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. Later, as an Army infantryman, Syd participated as part of the invasion force on D-Day in Normandy, serving under General Patton. A graduate of Maryland State Teachers College at Towson (now Towson University), he spent a lifetime as an elementary school teacher for the Montgomery County School District. He also obtained a Master's in Education from the University of Maryland.

Syd began playing the violin at age 6 and carried a love of music and the violin with him throughout his life. As an aspiring musician, he attended the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Living in the DC area, he enjoyed following national politics, augmented by his knowledge and love of history. He cherished his wife Anne, and spent many a happy moment with her both at home and in their travels.

Family include his children, Marguerite Sibiski (Joe) of Norman, OK; Joe Baker (Judy) of Houston, TX, John D. Baker (Elvira Chavaria) of Austin, TX, stepson Stephen Paul (Candace Bell) of Mount Vernon, NJ; his grandchildren Kelly Cockrell, Michael Baker, Hannah Sibiski, Sally Kennedy, John Edwin Baker, Caleb and Nathan Paul; and his great grandchildren Catherine Cook, Dalton Machart, Cullen and Brandon Baker, and Raine Cockrell.

He is also survived by his sisters, Maxine Klein, Shirley Strauss, and Evelyn Jensen; his nieces Ellen Mullman, Harriett Klein and Janet Klein; and nephews Henry Baker, Gary Jensen and Jeffrey Jensen.

His beloved wife Anne, his stepdaughter Elaine Paul, his sister Anne Baker, his brother Sam Baker and his nephew Bernie Strauss preceded him in death.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11:30AM, at the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLCenter.org) or the Linus Pauling Institute (OSU Foundation 541-737-5137).

The family would like to thank Yvette Williams who took care of him during the last decade he spent in Rockville, MD, and to the staff of the Rivermont Gardens and Rivermont Retirement Center in Norman, OK.

Arrangements entrusted to
Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels

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