Paul Baker, 94, broadcaster, writer
Paul V. Baker of Southbury, formerly of New Fairfield and Ridgefield, died at age 94 on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Mr. Baker was married for 52 years to Mary Jane (Nash) Baker. He was father to daughter Paula Jean Baker-Nitzan of Glastonbury, and son Joseph Baker of Austin, Texas. He had three grandchildren, Sadie Baker-Nitzan, and Anna and Katherine Baker.
Mr. Baker was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Anna (Genga) Baldaserini, brother Primo and sister, Gina. He is survived by a brother, Gino Baldaserini of Ridgefield, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Baker was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force.
Born Paul Baldaserini in Ridgefield in 1920, he changed his name to Baker when he started a 30-year career as a radio broadcaster at WLAD-AM in Danbury. With Abe Najamy, he co-owned Channel 10 Television, and, later, his own advertising agency. He loved sports and the local community, which spawned a writing career. He wrote four books and contributed articles to local publications. He wrote a book of his own life for his grandchildren’s enjoyment.
Mr. Baker served as toastmaster for many area functions and was a member of many clubs and organizations, including a 24-year association with the Southern New York Racing Association, where he served as the Voice of the SNYRA. As a golfer, he carded four holes-in-one, his most recent at the age of 90.
The family would like to thank the wonderfully caring and supportive staff of the Visiting Nurses Association and Waterbury Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday Sept. 18, at St. Teresa’s Church, Woodbury, at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.