Stanley Conyers Baker, 79: U.S. Army language specialist, avid sailor

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BRUNSWICK — Stanley Conyers Baker, 79, died at his home on Orr’s Island March 8.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 5, 1934, he was the son of Lt. Cmdr. William John Conyers and Emilie Parsons Baker. Following graduation from Kent School in Kent, Conn., he attended Harvard University and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in English. He served as a language specialist in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961, spending much of that time stationed in Japan.

Afterward, he held various banking positions in Boston and Syracuse, N.Y., before returning to Maine and becoming an insurance agent at Thompson, Desmond & Payne in Bath. He later retired from the Cox Insurance Agency in Topsham in 2003.

He married Suzanne Esty Tweddell, of Boston, in July 1969, and together they lived in the Baker home at the head of Lowell’s Cove on Orr’s Island, which the family has owned for nearly 100 years.

An avid sailor, he was a member of the Orr’s-Bailey Yacht Club, where he spent many summers racing, sailing to neighboring islands, fishing with his daughter and socializing with friends. When he wasn’t on the water, he enjoyed gardening and outdoor projects, and was known for doing yard work late into the night. He was a longtime communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick and served for more than 25 years as chairman of the Chapel Committee at All Saints Episcopal Chapel, a summer chapel on Orr’s Island, co-founded by his ancestors. Music and singing brought great joy to his life, and he was a proud member of the Bowdoin College Chorus for several years.

He was predeceased by his sister, Cecily Baker Coughlan, in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, of Orr’s island; daughter, Kimberly Baker Leadley and husband, Edward, of Cumberland; beloved granddaughter, Emerson Cowles Leadley; cousin, Kirby Watson; two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Chapel, Orr’s Island, later this summer. Interment will be in the All Saints Chapel Memorial Garden.

Contributions in his memory may be given to All Saints Chapel, P.O. Box 114, Orr’s Island, ME 04066 or to the Orr’s & Bailey Islands Fire Department, P.O. Box 177, Orr’s Island, ME 04066.

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