John Patrick Baker

13 Jan 1946 - 05 Mar 2020

John Patrick Baker

13 Jan 1946 - 05 Mar 2020

BAKER, John Patrick:

Peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home in Taranaki (formerly of Dunedin) on Thursday, 5 March 2020 aged 74. Loved husband of Marie. Loved father, father-in-law and grandfather of Melanie, and Charli; Rachel & Lindsay, Rebecca, and Nicole; Jac & Matt, Joseph, and Emily; Vanessa, Elizabeth, and Joseph; Adam & Catherine.

In preference to flowers donations to the Hospice Taranaki would be appreciated and may be left at the service.

Messages to the Baker Family may be left on John’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Monday 9 March 2020 at 2.00pm, followed by a private cremation.


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i am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please accept my sympathy for you and your family. I have many memories from the Kaikorai Squash Club. John was always smiling, positive and willing to lend a hand or ear when needed.

Mary Lovelock

Mary Lovelock ( 20 Mar 2020 )

Deepest sympathy to you Marie and Family. We're very sorry to have just heard of John's recent passing and are thinking of you all. We remember John fondly from all the good times at Kaikorai Squash Club and often saw him running through Ross Creek. You will all miss him dearly.
Pat & John Cosgriff

Pat Cosgriff ( 16 Mar 2020 )

Sincere comdolences Marie and family for the sad passing of John. i remember the squash days well and his competitive but fair approach to the game. He always had a cheery smile and a kind word to say. i trust that the good memories you hold of him will be of comfort to you all in the times ahead.

Denise Cooney ( 13 Mar 2020 )

Saddened to hear of John's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You moved out from around the road many years ago, but we still refer to your previous home as the Bakers place. We hope your memories of John, easy your sadness in the coming weeks

Noeleen and Janette Anderson ( 10 Mar 2020 )

Marie and Family
So sorry to read of John's passing and my condolences to everyone.
I would agree with's Bruce's comments - we had some great times in a wildly different era.Take care

Evan Moore ( 10 Mar 2020 )

Dear Marie, Melanie, Rachel, Jacquline, Vanessa and Adam and all of your families.
John was one of a kind, a proud husband, father and grandfather. Just this time last year I visited you and John, he was so happy and contented in your knew house and proudly showed me round the garden and all the improvements he had made. I have many good memories of your time in Brockville, Little Sisters and the parish. As my Claire said to me yesterday when i was talking to her 'he was such a lovely man'
Sorry I can't be with you, will be thinking of you all, much love and prayers Marianne, Kylie and Claire

Marianne Glenn ( 08 Mar 2020 )

So sorry to read of John's death, Marie. Thinking of you at this sad time. Condolences to you and family.
Memories flood back of fun times at Kaikorai Squash Club. I remember John as helpful, easy to talk to, consitent but most of all a devoted husband and father.

Maree Johnstone

Maree johnstone ( 08 Mar 2020 )

My sincere condolences to the Baker family. John was a school friend & surf club mate and was well known for his tenacity & reliability in his pursuits. Rest in peace John

Wayne Schmelz ( 08 Mar 2020 )

Marie and family.So very sorry to hear about John and thinking of you all at such a sad time.Reany and Ken Rust.

Reany and Ken Rust ( 07 Mar 2020 )

Marie and Family
I am sorry to read of John's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. John was one of the good hardworking guys. you will have lots of great memories to help sustain you through this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dianne Casey & Family ( 07 Mar 2020 )

John--not the best player in the Kaikorai squash club but definately the most competitive--stroppy and pugnacious-in the game to the end--and after it,only to pleased to shake hands and share a drink and a laugh.
Wicked sense of humour,generous and everyones mate.
A valued member of an era of squash that brought many of us of all grades and personalities together as a social group that i know we all still cherish regardless of the time passed-- Condolences Marie and family.
It was our pleasure John- Thanks for the memories

Bruce McGavin ( 07 Mar 2020 )

Marie and family, I may not be with you physically but am with you in spirit as you honour John and his life. My prayers continue to lift you up knowing John is safely in heaven with Jesus. Mike

Michael BuntDear ( 07 Mar 2020 )

Sending our sincere condolences to Marie,Chris,Kerry and all the Baker family.We were shocked to hear of Johns passing,John was our boss/ owner at st Clair Cafe.We can't imagine the sadness Marie and family will be feeling at this time.Sending our love your way x.

Lisa and jessi ( 06 Mar 2020 )

Our deepest sympathy to Marie and family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this sad time.

Joan & Magnus Fleming

Joan Fleming ( 06 Mar 2020 )

My sympathy to Marie & Family. Many memories of the Kaikorai Squash Club and John & Marie Baker. John was an active & reliable member & part of that group of sociable players. John was so proud of his family and I know you will all miss him.
Pam Kennedy.

Pamela Kennedy ( 06 Mar 2020 )

So sorry to hear of Johns passing. Will miss our long chats over the fence always proud of his garden and all his adition to the house and we would offen have a beer or wine at home or the club.We were surprised at how fast he went down hill one minute he was weeding the garden and next hes layed up.He got me over to show me his coffin he was so proud of it with all his comforts he had added.He will be greatly missed from Us Next Door

Barry and Val Woodward ( 06 Mar 2020 )

thinking of you all at this sad time. Please except our deepest sympathy.
Leonie and Roger Scott

Leonie and Roger Scott ( 06 Mar 2020 )

My Sincere Condolences to all the Baker family. Fond memories of John as a member and stalwart of the Kaikorai Squash Club. I can recall his advice and encouragement when I played a tournament in Oamaru and his was the only friendly face I knew.

Dianne Davey ( 06 Mar 2020 )

I am very sorry to read of John's passing. I knew John through school and growing up in Dunedin . He was a good person and very proud of his family. My thoughts are with Marie and family. Brendan Knowles

Brendan Knowles ( 06 Mar 2020 )