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Monday January 21, 2013

BAKER, Langton George

(January 24, 1919 -
January 11, 2013)
B. Arch., M.R.A.I. C., WWII Veteran, Royal Canadian Engineers. Lang passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook hospital just before his 94th birthday. Son of the late George Alfred Baker and the late Elsie Cockshutt Baker. Dear husband of the late Marguerite Bancroft Chase Baker for 59 years. Beloved father of Jackie Baker Loach (Ken). Dear brother to the late Mary H. Seagram (late David R. Seagram) (late Winifred Mary (Kaley) Seagram), late Harvey C. Baker, Nancy I. Lynn (late James F. Lynn) and Donald R. Baker (Evelyn). Cherished Granddad to David and Megan Loach. Dear Uncle of Alan B. Wainwright (Pauline), Daphne Seagram, Deborah Seagram (Carl Wehnianen), Fraser Lynn (Amy), Langton Lynn (Carol), Kathryn Lynn, Charles Lynn (Sandra), the late Donald Chase, Margaret Chase (Chris Bataille), Thomas Chase, Amy De Traversay (Manu), and Ben Holt (Jitka). Dear great uncle of Jennifer, Kim, Susan, Alana, Brittne, Justin, Rachel, Alex, Erika, Baker, Jackson, James, Elise, Sarah, Joseph, Oscar, Chloe, Thomas and Katherine. Lang was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto School of Engineering and Architecture. He began his practice and became a partner at Page & Steele before starting his own firm of Pentland & Baker, where he continued to practice for 45 years. Lang received a Centennial Medal for his contribution to the restoration of the historic St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. He designed numerous schools and libraries, as well as ecclesiastical and commercial buildings throughout Ontario. He also generously contributed his design skills to homes and cottages for friends and family. Langton Baker was an accomplished painter, horseman, and sailor who fondly cherished his memories of 'Wedgewood,' the Baker family homestead on Lake Simcoe. He continuously put others before himself, and we will remember his integrity, kindness and generosity always. In personal company, one could not help but be charmed by Lang's stories, his sense of fun and humourous take on life's experiences. He remains a role model to the entire family. Friends and family are invited to join us at a memorial service to celebrate his life on Friday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the MORLEY BEDFORD FUNERAL HOME at 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON., (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street). In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations to the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.ca), the Toronto Public Library Foundation (www.tplfoundation.ca), the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toronto (www.boysandgirlsclubsoftoronto.com) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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