Mathew B. Baker, 55
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WELLS -- Mathew B. Baker, 55, of Wells, passed away with his family at his side on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
The current Chief Deputy for the York County Sheriff's Office and former Chief of Police in Kennebunk, Mathew will be remembered as an esteemed officer of the law and honorable father, husband, friend, and community leader. A thoughtful and articulate man, Mathew's words carried great weight with those he touched throughout his life.
Mathew, the son of the late Albert W. and Thelma B. Baker, was born on Oct. 1, 1957, in Rochester, N.H. He graduated from Sanford High School in 1976. Mathew, a dedicated life-long learner, earned his bachelor's degree in 1993.
In July of 1978 he embarked on a career in law enforcement as a Reserve Officer for the Kennebunk Police Department. Mathew joined the Kennebunk PD as a full-time Officer on June 4, 1979. For years, he rose through the ranks of the department. His impeccable character and sense of professionalism made Mathew a highly-regarded man. These traits, along with numerous others, guided his ascent to the top of Kennebunk's Police Department.
On Dec. 29, 2000, Mathew earned the distinct honor of being named Chief of Police in Kennebunk. He remained in that position until Jan. 1, 2007, at which time he resigned from his office in the Kennebunk Police Department in order to accept the position of Chief Deputy with the York County Sheriff's Office. He remained in this position until his passing.
Beyond his devotion to law enforcement and the people of southern Maine, Mathew partook in a number of hobbies and was an involved community member. In his teens, Mathew was a member of the Sanford Police Explorers and a ham radio operator. By adulthood, he had developed a passion for flying and earned a Private Pilots License. His interests, as numerous as the lives he bettered, Mathew was also an avid photographer, lover of music, and had a fascination for Corvettes. He was also a 25 year member of the York Lodge No. 22, A.F & A.M. and used his experience and skill to serve on the Wells Budget Review Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Tigg Frieh of Wells; his son, Jason Baker of Saco; his former wife, Kathy Farber of Wells; two step-sons, Henry Allen and Craig Allen; his brother, Peter M. Baker and sister-in-law, Christine Baker; three nieces, Megan Baker, Ashley Baker, and Annie Farber, and a nephew, Ryan Silk.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale on Friday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service in celebration of Mathew's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis Lake Christian Church, 38 Westview Dr., Sanford. A reception will immediately follow the funeral at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences may be expressed at blackfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, Mathew's
family has asked that donations
be made to:
1 Bowdoin Mill Island Suite 300 Topsham, Maine 04086
383 U.S. Route 1 Suite 26
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Mathew B. Baker
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 22, 2012