Brad (Bradley) Baker, 45, of Charlestown, NH, died unexpectedly Friday, September 4, 2020, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Charlestown.
He was born in Springfield, VT, on May 19, 1975, to Raymond and Gail (Smith) Baker. Brad was a lifelong resident of Charlestown. He graduated from Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH, where he played Varsity Soccer, and Track. He also played Hockey for Pleasant Valley Hockey Association. After high school he attended Plymouth State College. Brad started off his lifelong career in machining at his Father’s shop, Raymond Baker Precision Inc., in Springfield, VT, working side by side in the family business with his father and brother. He spent the bulk of his career at Latva Machine Inc., in Newport, VT, where he again would work alongside his father and brother. Brad also worked for a brief time at Green Mountain Metals in Claremont, NH. More recently, Brad took a job at Concepts Nrec in White River Junction, VT. He was brilliant with numbers and calculations. He put his pride into every job, every part he produced. He was always willing to share his knowledge with his peers. Brad also tended bar at the Sumner House in Charlestown, NH, on Sundays, where patrons were greeted with a friendly “How we doin’?”. He truly loved his Sumner family, on either side of the bar.
Brad loved sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Lions. Briefly he owned a sports card shop in Claremont, NH. He will be remembered by so many from playing softball behind Mal Tool in Claremont, NH, coaching hockey at PVA in Saxtons River, VT, being the athletic trainer at Fall Mountain Regional High School. There are so many ways in which Brad touched people’s lives. He had such a passion for life and in everything he did. He was an avid fisherman by land, boat or kayak. He took great pride in the landscaping around his home. He was a devoted father, son, big brother and Papa. A mentor, a protector, an “Enforcer”. He always found the time to help a neighbor with mowing or snow removal or just to shoot some hoops with the kids next door. Hopping on his Harley to do “the loop” with his best friend, Kenny. Brad lived such a rich life in such a short time. He was the rock for his family, and his presence of life is deeply missed by all who love him.
Brad is survived by his wife and soulmate Jamie (Hayes) Baker of 13 years. His son Zackery Baker and his daughter Chelsea Baker along with their mother Tammy Vartuli, all of Lebanon, NH, his son Aidan Hayes and his fiancée Sarah Briggs, his daughters Taryn Rivard, Tyra Olmstead all of Charlestown. His grandchildren he loved so dearly: Charlotte, Kendall, Maddox, Elliott, Benjamin, Samuel and Aspyn. His father Raymond Baker and his wife Michele of Charlestown. His mother Gail (Smith) Baker of Claremont. His brother Nathan Baker of Charlestown and sister Allyson and her husband Troy Dominiak of Claremont. His Mother in Law Barbara Hayes and Father in Law William Page and his wife Vickie all of Charlestown.
He was predeceased by his Paternal Grandparents Charles and Irma (Braun) Baker. His Maternal Grandparents Phil and Phyllis Smith. His Uncle Charles “Dan” Baker, Michael Smith and his Aunt Bonnie (Smith) Raabe as well as his son Timothy Olmstead.
Graveside services will be held Friday, September 11th at 1 PM at Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown followed by a Celebration of Life at his home.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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