Jeff and Kathy Campeau: Missing Gene Baker
April 12, 2009
A vital part of Summit County left us this past Thursday. I can still hear his laugh, distinctive and genuine, spreading easily to all those near. He had a wonderful, easy style about him. Always relaxed and with a smile for everyone, Gene touched many. It has been said that a man is a measure of those he touched; that makes Gene a giant.
While in Summit County, his accomplishments piled up. He and his partners crafted one of the pre-eminent architectural firms in Summit County. Their names are on countless buildings throughout Summit County. No small feat for a community full of talented architects.
Gene, and his bride of 34 years, set about the job of raising a family in Summit County. Now grown, that work has manifested itself in their three adult children: Emily, John and Kimmie. Spend time around this family, and you find they are a fun, tight-knit group full of character. Neither Gene nor Missy would take the credit, each showering the other with praise or blame depending upon the situation! Good people raising more good people.
Gene had a passion for his home, Summit County. When the flakes started to fly, Gene and the boys would hustle over to the hill and get their turns in. Gene often said that he would ski all of his life and he surely did. It made him smile inside in a big, big way.
Often, Gene and Missy would high-tail it to the warmer climate of Mexico when the winter got too long. It seemed that they made a hobby of cataloguing the great beaches of Mexico. Kathy and I accompanied them to just a few. I wish I could have another margarita with my friend …
Vaya con Dios mi amigo!