Alan was born on August 12, 1939, the middle child of three, to Jack and Esther Baker of Aklavik, N.W.T. When he was a baby, the family moved to Watson Lake, Y.T., where his father became manager of the airstrip in 1941. Because of the War, and possible invasion from Japan, mother and children moved to BC, settling into Crescent Beach. When Alan was six, it became evident that he was afflicted with severe autism and couldn’t attend school, so he was cared for by his mother until her death in 1955. The next 29 years he lived in institutional facilities at New Westminster and Kamloops. In 1984, he was placed in a home in Kamloops. He enjoyed travelling, hockey games, and bowling. Shortly before Easter, Alan fell ill and passed into glory peacefully in his sleep on April 10th, 2023. He is survived by his brother Owen Baker of Salmon Arm and was predeceased by his sister Eileen Dickson.

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3 Tributes

  1. Annette Doan
    Posted April 18, 2023 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Rest in peace Uncle Alan. I have many happy memories of you especially in how you amazed us with your incredible mathematical skills. Love, Annette (Baker).

  2. Jennifer Schneider
    Posted April 18, 2023 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    It has been a privilege to know my Uncle Alan. He was a gentle soul and I have always been fascinated by his genius mathematical skills and sense of humour. My fondest memories are of when he took my hand to lead me on walks. Thank you to his care givers who took such excellent care of him in his later years.
    Jen Schneider (Baker)

  3. Lil Cholewa
    Posted April 19, 2023 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure and honour to know and support Alan in his home for almost twenty years. Alan was a great guy, I loved him dearly. Alan loved his coffee ,his French fries, and going for drives. Gonna miss y’a Al! Rest in peace, I know you’re finally having tea with your Mom in heaven.

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