Joseph P. Baker

Lineboro resident, 70, Baltimore firefighter for four decades and amateur cook

November 24, 2006

Joseph Patrick Baker Sr., who spent four decades as a Baltimore firefighter, died Nov. 17 of complications from a heart attack. The Lineboro resident was 70.

Born in the Remington section of Baltimore, Mr. Baker grew up in the city and joined the Air Force at age 18. He served three years as a radio operator and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1962.

He joined the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1959 and worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant. He was stationed at Truck 11 on North Avenue for most of his career, said a daughter, Theresa Kaufman of Arbutus.

Mr. Baker, who also was assigned to the hazardous-materials unit in Curtis Bay, won several awards, she said.

Mr. Baker and his wife, the former Audrey M. Crouse, raised their six children in Hampden. They eventually inherited his parents' Carroll County farm.

The couple raised horses, pigs, chickens and cows on the 7-acre property in Lineboro, his daughter said.

Mr. Baker was also an amateur cook, preparing many meals at the firehouse, she said. "He loved animals, he loved to cook. He truly loved anything and everything," she said. "He was a jack-of-all-trades."

Services will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include two sons, Joseph Baker Jr. of Lineboro and George Baker of Parkville; two other daughters, Pamela Ward of Lineboro and Jean Beachtel of Seven Valleys, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Mark A. Baker, died in August.

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