SOUTHINGTON – Patrick A. Baker, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on July 4, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Born May 4, 1925, in Dublin, he was the son of the late Michael and Delia Baker.
He spent his youth and early adulthood in Dublin, where he was educated by the Jesuits of Belvedere College.
He married Margaret Patricia (Pat) Duignan in 1952 in Dublin, and they moved to the United States in 1954. They settled in Southington, where they raised seven children.
Mr. Baker first worked at selling candles to churches across New England, forming strong relationships with many clergy. He began an independent business selling candles and church supplies in 1965, opening his first company, Lenehan and Baker in Hartford. In 1983, he opened Patrick Baker and Sons on West Street.
Mr. Baker was on the board of directors of Southington Savings Bank, and was recognized for his work with the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA and Bread for Life. He and his wife received the Archdiocese of Hartford’s St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation. He also received St. Paul Catholic High School’s Circle of Honor Award.
Preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings, Mr. Baker is survived by his wife and their seven children, Posey Fradette of Bedford, N.H.; Michael Baker, Maureen Kelly, Brian Baker and Mary Pat Threlkeld, all of Southington; Patrick J. Baker of Avon; and Sean Baker of Fairfield. He also is survived by 23 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Church in Southington, Bread for Life in Southington or St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.