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.

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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!!