It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Jeffery Baker of Guernsey, SK, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the age of 35 years. Jeffery is predeceased by his grandparents Helen and Merrill Baker and Henry VanDrunen; cousin Katy VanDrunen; and his beloved cat Cynthia.
Jeff is survived by his parents Allan and Teresa; brothers Trevor and Henry; sister Nicole (Anthony) Kerney; grandmother Lillian VanDrunen; aunt Irene (Lavern) Novlan; uncle’s Tim and Fred VanDrunen; aunts Elizabeth and Margaret VanDrunen; cousins: Amy, Tim, Jeremy, Amber and Chris; numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins; also by the family’s dear neighbours and friends.
A honourable mention goes out to his many friends from the Local Millwright Hall 1021 Saskatoon, who worked and lived life with him for numerous years.
Jeffery grew up and spent his life in and around Guernsey. He attended grade school in Guernsey, and High school in Lanigan. Jeff had an uncanny knack for anything mechanical, mathematics and art. While attending Guernsey elementary he won an award for art, an award he was proud of, and kept with him.
He used those talents to enter the trades in 2005, and with hard work and dedication he obtained his red seal as millwright, just as his father Allan. In 2010 he competed in the UBC apprenticeship competition, in the category for millwrights, and won an award for his efforts.
Jeff was known to work hard and play harder. He had a sunny aura and would light up any room he was in, often putting on “the old Irish charm”. Jeff’s friends and family would agree. Jeff was the life of any gathering, generous to fault to his friends and family. He always had time to help friends and family in need.
With light comes darkness, Jeff struggled bravely and deeply for years with mental health and addictions. No matter how dark life got, or how his addiction took Jeff away from his friends and family, he always fought to find his way back to light and family. In the end, in his writings he would profess how much he loved his parents. He would always talk about how much he loved their farm, referring to it exclusively as “My farm”. What gift he got to spend his last days there, at his beloved farm.
A Private Family Celebration of Life has been held. In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to any mental health or addiction services of your choice.
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Mental Health & Addictions Services c/o Royal University Hospital Foundation
103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8