George L. Baker Jr.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home
George Leon Baker Jr., 90 , of Greencastle, PA, passed away, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Restore Health, Shippensburg, PA.
Born Thursday, August 13, 1931 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late George Leon Baker Sr. and the late Helen Viola (Mullenix) Freshour.
He attended Hagerstown High School and received an Associates degree from Hagerstown Community College in 1973. George worked on the Railroad for 12 years and then was employed with the Maryland Correctional Institution of Hagerstown in 1967, retiring in 1994 as a Major. George then went to work for the Washington County Highway Department, taking out road crew of inmates to clean up the highways. He worked there for 20 years, finally retiring at the age of 84. He was a veteran in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. George was a member of the American Legion Post 211 Funkstown for 56 years and the Hagerstown YMCA for 50 years. Being an avid long distance runner, he completed a 5 day run covering 180 miles of the C&O Canal and participated in the JFK 50 mile run twice. George enjoyed reading, especially mysteries, he loved to travel, and dearly loved the beach.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Patricia A. Faust; daughter, Kathy E. Casper of Hagerstown, MD; two step daughters, Vicki Faust of Austin, TX and Linda Moye Short of Clear Spring, MD; grandchildren, Teddy, George, Kenna, Stacy; and great-granddaughter, Ayriana.
He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1978, Evelyn Elizabeth Baker.
Services will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 3:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, with Pastor Tim Fisher officiating. Masks are optional for both the service and visitation.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, prior to the service.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Rd. Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
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Rest In Peace Bake. You were a great leader, a great husband, a great father and a great man. I will truly miss you my friend. I will always cherish the great times we had together and those memories will be with me forever. You were like a father figure to me, and for that, I will always be truly grateful. I miss you so very much, and love you brother.
Hagerstown , Maryland
To Kathy and family: I am so sorry to see this about George. He was such a great guy. He brought lots of laughs and happiness to a lot of friends, acquaintances, and family over the years. he always seemed to be in a great mood, enjoying life. And, as a longtime runner, you forgot to mention what lots of runners like, good beer. With the most sincere condolences, Kirk Grooms
W Kirk Grooms
Loving memories from Cassie David Abba and Nicolas
George always had the we most positive outlook on any situation. He made anyone who knew him a better person. It didn't matter whether it was at work or hanging out, you knew if Bake was there things would be good. George is the model of what a good person is. Pat and Kathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Bake and thanks for making me a better person.
My heart and prayers are with each of you at this time of such a great loss. Only knowing George for the last 6 years, I can say he was such a kind and pleasant man. He accomplished much in his 90 years of life. It was very interesting to learn of all that George has done and given to the community and country. Peace be with each of you.
We would like to send our deepest condolence to Pat, Kathy and the entire family. It was so heart breaking to hear the passing of my friend, Major Geoger Baker. Major Baker and I had a wonderful working relationship during the begining of my career at MCI-H and especially after being promoted and working under his direct supervision. Major Baker was not only an outstanding Major/Shift Commander, he was a leader for everyone to follow his standards and values, I remember his leadership during the riot of 1991 where many of us had thank him personally afterwards for wisdom and guidance. I do believe that God puts people in our lives for one reason or another, I thank God for placing Major Geoger Baker in my life. With our deepest sympathy, Paul & Bonnie Ridenour S C.
Fort Mill, SC
I am so sorry to hear of George's death. My condolences to Kathy and the Baker family. Unfortunately, I am unable to express my thoughts and prayers in person. He was a coworker, who I respected and considered a friend.
Pat- I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know George well, he seemed like such a kind and gentle man. I am thinking of you and sending my love. Susan
Mister B was a great, humble and loving man who lived a fine and honorable life. I've been blessed to have him as a part of my journey. We shared many experiences and trials together at the big House throughout our careers, and many fine and eloquent times outside the big House. In 1991, he was responsible for saving many lives at the prison on perhaps its worse day. He should be remembered always for his good deeds. I'm sure going to miss him. To Pat, Kathy and all the family and friends, I send up a prayer for your comfort and peace. Mister B would want the very same for you...May God's Peace be with you.....
Pete and Sheila Waters
Antietam Furnace, Maryland
I have all good memories of George. He was always a fair and caring person to all he knew. He enjoyed life to the fullest!! He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. RIP George! Sympathies and prayers to the family. Jeff (Trumpy) Trumpower
Jeff A. Trumpower
Conway, South Carolina
Beach and Baseball: I will forever miss you. You were the only spouse allowed to be part of the J&R’s. We loved our Yankees, we wore purple proudly and we both adored our Queen Bee. You brought a smile to Pat’s face and I was blessed to see the love you had for each other. If I had to pick a person with unbelievable kindness, respect, grace and had the biggest smile…it would be you. George, I will forever miss you. I wish your J&R girls could fill the void in Pat’s heart. We cannot ever replace George, but we will love her with all our hearts and I hope we can bring that smile back that you gave to her. Pat, it is time for the J&R’s to take a beach trip. To sit at our favorite bar and watch the Yankees and the Ravens and a little Penn State. We will cry, we will laugh, we will dance, we will be sad, but above all we will have our memories and we will make new ones in honor of our George. Thank you for showing us how to love a man. You both are my heroes.
Greencastle , PA
To the family and friends my deepest sympathy and prayers.I meet George at the old Y in the 70's.He was a mentor and could run like a deer we did some races together and trained together.He could make his pre race Chilli that would definitely make who ever was running behind you eyes water.But over a cold beer at the Broad axe or just talk at the Y what a pleasure to have known him.He had a mild personality that was very special.RIP my friend you deserve and earned it.
I worked closely with George for many years at M.C.I. He was highly respected by both staff and inmates for his genuine decency and fairness. I remember that no person could ever say an unkind word about this truly good man! Kathy, you have my sincere thoughts, prayers, and condolences at this time.
Russ McIntyre "Mac"
Mrs. Baker I would like to express my deepest condolences to you and George's family in his demise. George and my husband were friends and I was a Vietnam Veteran, he used to joke with me and we would tell war stories. He was a good friend to my husband and myself. We knew he made moves to get himself happy and sometimes leaving the past is a good thing we didn't disturb him once he made his move but missed his friendship greatly. God speed to you and your family during this difficult time.
I remember the first day George came to Washington County Roads, he was polite, courteous and very easy going. I worked with George for many years and enjoyed talking to him about his daughter and especially the Polar Plunge he would do each year to help the animals. I was saddened to hear of his passing; your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. He’ll be deeply missed. Diane Mongan
Dear Pat and family - What an interesting, kind human being George was. Hoping that amid the tears you all can find some smiles and laughter remembering what made him so special in your lives. Frank and I both send our hopes that George's memory continues to be a blessing to all.
Mont Alto, PA
RIP my friend. Though I only worked with you for a couple of years at the prison before you retired, I really got to know you at the Roost meetings and I will always cherish the advice and talks we had at the Ravens Roost.
Michael & Tara Hessong
Hagerstown , Maryland
We met George when he met Pat. George was such an easygoing, fun person. He was so positive about everything and never looked at the negative. He will be greatly missed. RIP sweet George.
Kathy and Larry Fittro
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of George. He was a wonderful guy and it was an honor to work with him.
Dave and Debbie Hamilton
This is a great loss. George was a great guy and always fun to be around. He was also very professional in his work and a real gentleman. He will be missed.