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Born: Sep 22, 1958

Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2018

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RANDLE (RANDY) FERRIS BAKER MSc, RPBio Randy Baker died unexpectedly on November 21, 2018, at the age of 60, while participating in a scientific research expedition with the World Wildlife Fund in the Himalaya, specifically the remote Dolpa region of Nepal. The objective of the trip was to survey the habitat of blue sheep and snow leopards. It was a dream trip for Randy. Randy is survived by his parents, George and Kathleen Baker; his partner Joanne Westwood (and their cat Pebbles); his sister Denise Baker and her husband Jiri Matejak, his brother Brad Baker and his wife Cathy Baker; and his three nephews, Ryan, Kyle and Alex Baker. Randy was born in Lachine, Quebec on September 22, 1958, to George and Kathleen Baker, although he has always considered Winnipeg, Manitoba as his hometown. It was there that he spent many formative years and completed much of his formal education. A self-confessed "shy nerd" who loved chess-club and tennis, he graduated from Silver Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg in 1976. Randy secured his Master of Science in Zoology in 1983 at the University of Manitoba. He was an aquatic ecologist, focusing on the impacts of chemicals, especially mercury, on the environment. His focus on mercury began in 1979 on a reservoir in Manitoba, while employed with Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Randy went on to participate in more than 300 investigations in such diverse environments as the Arctic, central and western Canada, South America, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. He worked tirelessly to harmonize international efforts to assess the impacts of mercury related to both small-scale gold mining operations and reservoir development. In 2000, Randy became a founding partner at Azimuth Consulting Group, where he worked alongside his colleagues to solve complex issues. Randy was a competent, committed and knowledgeable professional, but his passion and excitement about the natural world, travel and the 'important things in life' were his trademarks. Randy was a devoted son, brother and partner. He effortlessly juggled his career activities, travel, friends and family, never dropping a ball. He valued and nurtured relationships with others; distance was never an issue. His love of music and passion for enjoying (sensibly) and collecting fine wine (not so sensibly) was legend. He would travel widely to see his favourite bands and wasn't shy in sharing his appreciation for these bands with others. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and the many who knew and loved him. We will all miss his company, wit, smile and the ever-present twinkle in his eyes. A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on January 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 560 W 14th, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to an environmental cause of your choice would be greatly appreciated and consistent with the passion that Randy viewed his own role and the meaning that he brought to all his endeavours. One moment can change a day. One day can change a life. One life can change the world. -- Buddha

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • To George and Kae, Denise and Brad Baker - we send our deepest, sincere condolences on the loss of your son and brother, Randy. Today, our thought are with you. - Posted by: Paul Ficek and Lillian Ficek (High school friend and neighbour) on: Jan 17, 2019

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Randy's passing. He died pursuing his passion...not a bad way to go if we "gotta go". I lost touch with Randy after we both graduated and I just heard of his passing. The thoughts of our time together made me smile. We attended several parties together and had lots of coffees sitting on the register in the science building with our mutual friend Dave. We had so many of laughs... everyone liked him and we were amazed at his ability to laugh at himself. He leaves behind a lot of smiles and that is a great legacy! - Posted by: Rick Cohen (undergraduate classmate from University of Manitoba) on: Jan 15, 2019

  • Very sorry to hear of Randy's passing, but it is some comfort to know that he was doing something he loved when his time came. Although we dropped out of touch I have a lot of fond (and funny) memories of hanging out with Randy when we studied zoology together at the U of M. - Posted by: David Kirshner (friend ) on: Jan 15, 2019

  • So deeply sad to hear about Randy. A tragic loss of an exceptional person who knew how to live life and love people and tackle all sorts of adventures with heart and enthusiasm. My thoughts are with his family and all who knew him. We may not have stayed in contact these last few years, Randy, but I will always remember you as my friend. - Posted by: Jenny Gates (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2019

  • To George, Kae and family, Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Condolences to all of you on your loss. - Posted by: Rick, Linda, Lorrie and Tara King (Cousin) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • Great Uncle George, Great Aunt Kae and family, Sending our love to you all in this difficult time. Greba Family - Posted by: Nick, Tammy, Morgan and Mackenzie Greba (Family - Daughter of Al Bunn) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • So incredibly sorry to hear of Randy's sudden passing. His love for life and his passion for our environment sounds truly amazing. Sending many hugs to the Baker family. My Mom (Mae Sewart) also sends her thoughts, condolences, and love too. - Posted by: Liz Beingessner (Sewart) (friend) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • We were shocked to hear of Randy's passing, he was a smart, adventurist, and caring Man. Our sincere condolences to George, Kaye and Family. - Posted by: Al and Sandra Bunn (Cousin) on: Jan 05, 2019

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