Sunday, September 26, 2010

BPAC member & longtime Lehigh activist, Willard Baker, dies

News-Press: Longtime Lehigh activist Baker dies at age 73

BY CRISTELA GUERRA • • September 23, 2010

Willard Baker was the man underneath the red suit every Christmas.

The longtime Lehigh Acres resident and community activist died this afternoon in Clearwater. He was 73.

Baker’s life in Lehigh Acres with his wife, Doris, was defined by his involvement and passions, say those who knew him. Baker wore his joys on his sleeve, next to his heart. She was always by his side.

Throughout the years, Baker was a Kiwanian, a Shriner, a president and member of Lehigh Acres Community Council and advised on pedestrian pathways in Lehigh Acres.

“I doubt there’s a sidewalk in this town that doesn’t have his hand print,” said Rick Anglickis, a close friend of Baker’s.

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Lee County is a better place for pedestrians because of Willard's work, and he will be missed by the bike/ped community.

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