Baker, Thomas Ross SFC, U.S. Army (Ret.)
A Great Man, Son, Father and Brother
Sgt. 1st Class (Ret. US Army) Thomas Ross Baker completed his life’s journey on July 21, 2014 in Temple Hills, Maryland.
Affectionately known as “Ross”, he was born on January 3, 1945 in Charles County to the late Clarence Carl and Rosie Baker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 3 sisters, Susan Farmer, Annie McElhaney and Cinderella Jones.
Ross gave his life to the Lord at an early age and was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was also a 1st Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Ross attended Charles County Public Schools, graduating from Pomonkey High School in 1963. He received an AA degree from Georgia Military College and a Sex & Drug Counselling certification from Stratford Career Institute.
He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was very helpful to his neighbors, friends, family and all who knew him. An avid fisherman, Ross loved taking his boat out on the water. Ross proudly served his country in the US Army and retired in 1985. He served three (3) tours to Vietnam and received a host of honors, medals, and accolades for his valor throughout his military career. He was proud to be a veteran and was a member of the American Legion Post 0297, Baltimore. Additionally he is retired as a Forensic Psychiatric Tech from Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC after 20 years of service.
Left to cherish many memories are his devoted children: daughter, Erica Baker and step-daughter, Chandra Patterson. His loving brothers and sisters: Aubrey, Hillary (Cynthia), Zachary (Joyce), Shirley Greene (James), Martha Grant (Leroy), and Raina Lorraine Taylor. His friend for life and ex-wife, M. Helen Baker, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Your courage, faith, strength and endless love will be with us always. You touched our lives in such a way that time will never erase the wisdom you shared so freely. This loss will never be forgotten; because you truly made our world a better place to live. Thank you for being a wonderful father. Visitation with the Family will be held from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial, 11 am, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4590 St. Joseph’s Way, Pomfret, Maryland.
Inurnment, 10 am, Monday, August 4, 2014, Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland.