James Richard Baker

January 5, 1968 - January 13, 2023
James Richard Baker

James Richard Baker, 55, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 13, 2023, at his home in New Port Richey, FL. He was born in New London, CT, on January 5, 1968, the only son of the late Richard Lee and Lois Jean (née Hicks) Baker. James is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Jana Nance. He is survived by his sisters, LeAnn Baker and husband Howard Crist of Wilmington, NC, and Deborah Frederick and husband Shawn of Nyack, NY; brother-in-law, Roger Nance, and nephews Birch Nance and Ricky Nance of Atlanta, GA; and nieces Kelli Morse of Mount Laurel, NJ, and Tara Jarzombek of Orange City, FL. His younger years were spent in Virginia Beach, VA, and later in Atlanta, GA. He worked for Volvo Penta in the northeast Atlanta area for over 30 years, starting in his late teens and continuing through his retirement in 2018. He also lived in Memphis, TN, and finally on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. James was a loving son and brother, an attentive uncle, and a loyal friend. He had a good cheerfulness about him except on the golf course. He deeply enjoyed fishing, especially on Georgia’s lakes, and valued the time he spent outdoors with family and friends. He had a warm, perceptive sense of humor and used his time on this earth to travel widely and learn about people. His home in Florida was his happy place, where he delighted in socializing with his many friends and photographing the local wildlife (or vice versa). A memorial service will be conducted later at Haygood United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA, where he will be interred next to his parents. Further details have not been finalized.


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  • January 25, 2023
    Bob Chambers says:
    This is for his family. I want you to know how much I thought of James. He was a true friend. He watched over my place when I wasn't there. I offered to pay but he refused. I'd take him out to dinner when I came in town to thank him. He loved to share stories with me and my friend Ann while we were swimming at the pool. He was really good friends with my brother Bruce and his friend Faith. When Bruce died late 2022, James was very saddened. He went on cruises with Bruce and Faith and often hung out with them. I asked James if he wanted to go golfing. He said he wasn't very good so I said, "That makes two of us". He was genuine, warm and very friendly. I invited him to Indianapolis and he got to experience the Indy cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I'm going to miss his laugh and his stories. I was very shocked to hear of his passing while I was there in early January. He had many many good friends at the condo. May God grant him peace and welcome him to His Kingdom. I can be reached at 317-728-6832 if the need arises.

  • January 25, 2023
    Bob Chambers says:
    Hoping James' family reads this. He was a friend of mine, we both lived in the same condo place in Florida. He kept an eye on my condo when I wasn't there. Everything I came back to Florida, I'd see James at the pool. We'd go out for dinner to thank him for watching my place. He was a very pleasant guy, genuine and loved to tell stories. We laughed, we played golf once, as he was trying to get back to playing. He was really good friends with my brother Bruce and his friend Faith. James was really saddened when Bruce died in August. James loved to go on cruises, he went on several with Bruce and Faith. I can still hear his laugh and I'm going to really miss him. May God bless him and give him rest and peace. If you need to reach me, my phone number is 317-728-6832. Bob Chambers