Arthur Richard Baker III, pi­ano sales­man

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

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.

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