ForeverMissed
On Sunday, May 3, 2020, Gerald A. Baker; man of God, faithful servant, loving devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of 64 after his battle with COVID-19.

Gerry was born in Camden, NJ on September 12, 1955 to Ulysses D. Baker Jr. and Julia O. Baker.Gerry spent his life in Camden where he attended Camden City Schools, CCVTS and received a B. A. in Criminal Justice from Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University. Gerry worked for the Camden County Board of Social Services for over thirty years where he diligently showed compassion for people in need.He never looked at the exterior of the person but only their heart and how he could help them.Gerry gave his life to Christ and was baptized at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Berlin, NJ where he took Baleeia as his wife on June 30, 1990.Together, they raised five children to adulthood.He was the ultimate Eagles fan and he enjoyed working part time for Lincoln Financial Field.He was filled with over the top with the excitement to see the Eagles win the Superbowl in 2018 and received his own Superbowl Ring.

Gerry was full of wisdom of things you would never guess; he loved jazz music and enjoyed spending time sitting in the back yard with a beer and the occasional cigar.He also played the saxophone for years until health conditions would no longer allow.Gerry accepted all young people as his own providing wisdom, direction and guidance.They could talk to him about anything without judgement.He was hero to many and never asked for anything, only giving.

Gerry was a member of Parkside United Methodist Church in Camden where he ran the Food Ministry every week and an active member of the Media Ministry.He was an extremely active union member where he served CWA Local 1084 for many years holding titles as Newsletter Editor, Financial Secretary, Shop Stewart, Vice President and interim President.It is impossible to write everything Gerry is and did in his lifetime for others.This is just a sample.

He loved being with his children providing anything they needed. He also loved traveling. He and Baleeia traveled together up and down the east coast and he grew very fond of cruising.

He leaves more than a lifetime of love to cherish his memories in his parents Ulysses and Julia, his wife of 29 years Baleeia, his children Aisha Carter, Gerald Carter (Amanda), Kevin Baker, Deborah Baker, Tinisha Baker (Christian); seven grandchildren, Shai, Shaheem, Cheyenne, Amir, Mikayla, Giavanna and Brandon; three great-grandchildren Shiloh, Skylar and Skylan; three brothers Ulysses III (Sylvia), Terrance, Darryl(Robyn); special friends Phil, Kevin, George, and Keith and a host of nieces and nephew to carry on his love.

Gerry was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Steelmantown Natural Burial Preserve, Steelmantown, NJ.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date to honor his life.

Fertig Funeral Home


Posted by Baleeia Baker on May 25, 2020
Gerry I loved you from the beginning, I love you now and will love you forever. I always told you, you are the only man who will be in my life. All I ever wanted was you, I still do and thank God for our 30 yrs. Fairy tales do come true. They did when I met and married you. See you later.
Posted by Robin Vadel on May 14, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Gerry 5 years ago when I started working at the Linc. His locker was below mine. We would chat before each event as he waited patiently for me to get out of the way. He was a great guy who will be truly missed. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Vernon Jones on May 9, 2020
We grew up crosstown and we all knew we were the bomb! Some cool, mischevious well dressed brothers who knew the deal. Jr. Herd Elks drill team, parades, travel all over jersey, St.Barts Church yard hang out, whittier School, Hatch Jr. High, and then Gerry led me to save my educational career. He told me of his experience at Camden County Vocational and Technical School. I was a year behind him and desperately needed a school to regain interest in education. It was a reawakening for me. Then he told me about financial aid and Glassboro State College he was attending. I signed up and never looked back. Got degrees and been working in higher ed ever since. Gerry was my brother, my friend, my mentor and my sparring partner when I was 19 and preparing to win a fight I was unaware that I would have. Good looking out bro..lol. We had so many great experiences over our times together that I could write for days. Gerry was a cool very smart and gentle brother with a loving heart and a super positive attitude. His brothers Terry and Rafik were my brothers too and little Darryl who also left Camden and made a good life elsewhere as did I. Last year I was in town and stopped by the house. His mom and dad came by looking good while I was there.
I was so happy to see him prosper over the years with his immediate family and his wife and all the blessing of children they raised. Baleeia and all the family God Bless and stay strong. I will keep you in my prayers and always in my heart. Much love to you all. Vern....Gerry's other little brother.
Posted by Tish Smith on May 9, 2020
Devoted son and husband, loving father, supportive friend, caregiver of his community, faithful servant of God.
I met Gerry 21 years ago when hired at the Welfare Board 3 months after discharging from the Air Force. Gerry stood out of all people with his charisma, intelligence, positive attitude and big heart. He took me under his wing with job training, involving me in the Union, and showing me the ropes like to take 2pm lunch, catch the bus in front of the job on Broadway to Philly, hangout at the Gallery mall and Reading Terminal then return at 4:15pm to go home at 4:30pm!!! We would become peas in a pod and I affectionately called him Buttah Bean. I was always driving him somewhere. Gerry was not only my good buddy but was like my dad, uncle, brother, and crazy cousin. He was also a mentor and role model to my children. Gerry gave everything and asked for nothing. As hard as the reality of his death is for me, I am so thankful to God for his life and the blessing he was. Condolences to his wife and family. I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories forever in your heart. Love has no boundries. He took all our love with him and the love he gave us will forever reflect in our lives. Farewell my friend.
Posted by Tony Dodds on May 9, 2020
Gerry was a good man I met him while working at the welfare building always a good laugh. I ran into him many times working at the linc at would always be a my rounds to stop and bring him a cheeseburger and fries and talk with him for a bit. He will be missed and his section won't be the same . Prayers well wishes go to his wife and family . R.i.p Gerry hope the eagles do it for you buddy.
Posted by VIRGIL WILLIAMS on May 8, 2020
Dear Baleeia and Family. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. the last time I saw Jerry was at the Annual Food Bank Gathering in Blackwood NJ two years ago. He was smiling and jovial as usual. That is the way I will remember him.

Grace and Peace, Virgie Williams
Posted by Bashawn Moore on May 8, 2020
Mr. Baker was a someone that I won't soon forget! He was too cool and always seemed observant of everything happening when he came on campus during our college days.

I especially appreciated both he and Mama Baker for their support literally near the midnight hour. I suffered a crazy injury after a late rehearsal days before a show and ended up in the emergency room. They drove to the hospital and stayed there with me so that Tinisha and Deb, too, could make sure I was alright. Tinisha and I tend to laugh about that night almost every year thanks to fb memories, but that was something that meant so much to me. When people show you love and they don't have to, that's sacrifice and it leaves a mark. I could never repay y'all for that. It might seem insignificant, but I was blessed that night. Mr. Baker, thank you for the man that you were and the legacy you leave behind with your family. May God be forever pleased. Take rest.
Posted by Arlene Fisher on May 7, 2020
Gerry Baker was a man of God Who loved Hos wife family and Gods people at this time my prayers of comfort to his wife Baleeia and his children family till were again in heaven brother rest in Him
Posted by Darlene Spence on May 7, 2020
Sending my prayers of strength and comfort to the family....
Gerry was a uplifting man, whenever I saw him he always had a smile & gave the best hugs... love my fishing rod he gave me ( which I will use to catch my 1st fish this year).... I’m going to miss you my friend... but you will always be in my heart ...

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Posted by Baleeia Baker on May 25, 2020
Gerry I loved you from the beginning, I love you now and will love you forever. I always told you, you are the only man who will be in my life. All I ever wanted was you, I still do and thank God for our 30 yrs. Fairy tales do come true. They did when I met and married you. See you later.
Posted by Robin Vadel on May 14, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Gerry 5 years ago when I started working at the Linc. His locker was below mine. We would chat before each event as he waited patiently for me to get out of the way. He was a great guy who will be truly missed. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Vernon Jones on May 9, 2020
We grew up crosstown and we all knew we were the bomb! Some cool, mischevious well dressed brothers who knew the deal. Jr. Herd Elks drill team, parades, travel all over jersey, St.Barts Church yard hang out, whittier School, Hatch Jr. High, and then Gerry led me to save my educational career. He told me of his experience at Camden County Vocational and Technical School. I was a year behind him and desperately needed a school to regain interest in education. It was a reawakening for me. Then he told me about financial aid and Glassboro State College he was attending. I signed up and never looked back. Got degrees and been working in higher ed ever since. Gerry was my brother, my friend, my mentor and my sparring partner when I was 19 and preparing to win a fight I was unaware that I would have. Good looking out bro..lol. We had so many great experiences over our times together that I could write for days. Gerry was a cool very smart and gentle brother with a loving heart and a super positive attitude. His brothers Terry and Rafik were my brothers too and little Darryl who also left Camden and made a good life elsewhere as did I. Last year I was in town and stopped by the house. His mom and dad came by looking good while I was there.
I was so happy to see him prosper over the years with his immediate family and his wife and all the blessing of children they raised. Baleeia and all the family God Bless and stay strong. I will keep you in my prayers and always in my heart. Much love to you all. Vern....Gerry's other little brother.
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Shared by Baleeia Baker on May 7, 2020
I met Gerry by happen chance because I was having a bad day at work and called my friend and neighbor on her job to vent.  Back then, the "Welfare Board" as they called it made four people share one phone extension.  When I called, he answered.  My friend was never at the desk.  I had no plans to give a strange man my phone number, I just said I'd call back.  This went on a few times. Finally, he assured me, he would give her the message if I left number.  Dumb me, she should have known it.  Anyway I gave it to him.  Later that day my friend told me this man thought I had a beautiful voice and asked about me.  I told her "I can do bad by myself".  But God knew different and what I asked him for and he answered.  I called my friend again.  This time after she spoke with me, she gave Gerry the phone.  He said something funny making me laugh and asked if he could please meet me and from that day on, my world has never been the same.  He has taken care of and protected me like I have never been in all my life and never will again.  We had children together, raised children together, built a family, traveled, served the Lord and shared a love only God could bring.  As a single mom, the Lord knew how much I loved Him, but also how I wanted to be a wife with a family.  So He poured Himself into Gerry making my life complete.  He is strong, smart, wise and gentle.  And now Gerry is home in heaven.  As much as I want him here I could never take that from him when he gave me everything.  Rest my beloved until I join you after a while.  We had one heck of a ride together.  It's still hard to believer you're not here.  Thank you for showing me what a man is and how a real man treats a lady.  I Love you beyond the stars, moon, heaven and back to eternity.  Your Leeia, Nikki, Baleeia, MRS. GERRY BAKER