Philip “Phil” Baker of Duck, Sept. 9

By on September 21, 2018

Philip “Phil” Baker, 80, of Duck, NC, died Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Richmond, Va.

Phil was born in McKeesport, PA and chose to enlist in the Navy and serve his country. He served on the USS Iowa BB-61 and had the opportunity to travel the world and develop a strong love for the sea. He was honorably discharged in 1963 and soon thereafter joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 68 in West Caldwell, NJ.

After living in Jersey City, NJ, he raised his family in Piscataway, NJ and took every opportunity to share his love of the water with his family through boating, water skiing or fishing. He volunteered as a baseball coach; he enjoyed working on cars and always had a few home improvement projects happening.

After a 30-plus year career, Phil’s love of the sea brought him to the Outer Banks for his retirement. Phil found the Outer Banks to be a paradise and referred to his home as, “My Sanctuary.” He enjoyed getting to know his neighbors, who soon developed into friends.

He is survived by two sons Greg (Mandy) and Jason (Dee), grandchildren Skylar, Austen, David, Hannah and Lainey and his sister Diana D’Ippolito.

The family would like to share a special “Thank You” to all of his neighbors, family and friends who helped to support him during his illness and for all of the calls and comments of love and concern.

Recent posts in this category

Recent posts in this category
  • Nancy T. Besterci of Kitty Hawk, May 18

    Nancy was raised in Alexandria, VA, where she worked and met her husband Mark. The two recently realized their dream of retiring to the Outer Banks in February of 2019. Nancy loved the beach and watching the rain fall.

  • Robert “Bob” Powers Hockenberry of KDH, May 15

    Bob completed his high school studies and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served honorably for several years. Bob then graduated from college in Denver, CO and quickly gained employment in electronics as a skilled technician.

  • Barry Lynn Statler of Manteo, May 13

    Barry Lynn Statler, 64, died suddenly at his Manteo home May 13, 2019. He was born in Chambersburg, PA and lost his wife several years ago. Barry was a skilled contractor for many years despite a leg disability he had since childhood.

Bob Armentrout

Phil was a great friend! My wife, Judy and entire family (Christine, Shelly, Jeff, Dale, Macey & Cole) will miss seeing his smiling face on all future OBX visits! Our condolences to his entire family!!