Arthur Richard Baker III, piano salesman
Arthur Richard Baker III, a piano salesman and ice hockey enthusiast, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease Nov. 29 at a Savannah, Ga., rehabilitation center.
The former Columbia resident was 74.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Camden and Cherry Hill, N.J., he was the son of Arthur R. Baker Jr. and Margaret Baker.
He was a 1960 graduate of Pennsbury High School. In the summers he worked as a lifeguard in Ocean City, N.J.
After living for a while in Trenton, N.J., Mr. Baker moved to Columbia.
He was a piano salesman for Jordan Kitt’s Music in The Mall in Columbia and worked for the company for more than 20 years. He also worked for the Piano Man and Jason’s Music in Pasadena.
He also owned and operated a usedpiano business on Red Branch Road in Columbia.
Family members said he played pop tunes on the organ.
Mr. Baker was an ice hockey player and coached the Howard County Youth Hockey Club in his younger years. He was a former president of the Howard County Men’s Hockey League and a charter member of the Gerihatricks Senior Ice Hockey Club.
He was also an animal lover, and owned and operated a Columbiabased dog-walking service.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Monica Mae Kupiec, who owned Monica Baker Travel in Columbia; a son, Rick Baker of Marriottsville; three daughters, Jennifer Weaver of Savage, Jacque Whitehead of Arbutus and Joy Baker of Tybee Island, Ga.; two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Reis of Medford Lakes, N.J., and Lynn “Cookie” Griffith of Winter Springs, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.