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Obituary Craig Duncan Baker 1949-2010

Obituary Craig Duncan Baker 1949-2010
On June 6th 1949 Craig Duncan Baker the youngest of three boys was born to a proud hardworking family in the Sincil Bank area of Lincoln. Though he could not fail to be mesmerised by the fantastic man made structure atop the hill it would be the citadel nestled in amongst the tight terraced houses with tightly packed terraces of its very own, that would really inspire. Craig`s spiritual home would be the football club at the heart of the community, for Lincoln born, Lincoln bred Craig would be an Imp until he be dead.

A popular member of St Peter At St Gowts infants and junior School football teams the boy Baker a stocky no nonsense midfielder then went to Sincil Bank Secondary modern continuing to live amongst and rub shoulders with the heroes he worshiped every other Saturday at a packed Sincil Bank. Who could not fail to fall for the Imps then in our heyday with Garvie, Graver, Jimmy Munroe and later Roy Chapman strutting their stuff. With jumpers for goalposts the young lads of Lincoln would emulate their heroes in the streets. Indeed he was a promising player and trialled at the Imps before being briefly signed for our great Lincolnshire rivals Grimsby Town as a schoolboy.

A giving person Craig found his true vocation in psychiatric nursing training at Harmston and St Johns hospitals whilst bringing up a family of three children. He finished up as a staff nurse working at Scunthorpe Hospital after St Johns closed in 1988 then took retirement and became a publican. The Lark pub on Newport was transformed into a City shrine and painted out in city colours. It offered good food and a well known carvery as well as a home from home for Imps.

Craig however was bestowed with a grit that would always ensure he battled back from adversity. Having defeated cancer twice, having a history of angina diabetes and bad circulation he never stopped helping people in the whole time I knew him. He had seen his elder brothers suffer and even when he moved to Bridlington to be closer to his daughter Rachael he still had more to give helping to look after his grandson recently in their time of need.

Craig is survived by his three children and his brother Bruce. His elder brother Ian died seven years ago but his surviving brother Bruce, himself crippled due to a brain haemorrhage and two strokes in January 1999, bravely bit back the tears to help me write this. Incredibly he joined our forum today just to thank all the posters who have paid their respects. He knew how much we mattered to him and how Vital this site was to him and his fellow Imps. Indeed it was Craig who talked me into staying on recently and I`ll stay and keep that promise mate - no worries.

From a babe up until our great win against Torquay five days ago he would live for Saturday. Craig, arguably saw us safe just as he did when he dragged his older brothers up to the Bank to experience the great escape of 57/58 when the Imps won our last 5 to rewrite the obituaries. Oh that I could do that for you in return for all you have done for so many of your peers, great Imp and mate.

RIP Craig Baker
Craig The Exile CTE.
As he always said - Your Site, Your Voice and Your Choice.

Writer:Neil Gentleman Hobbs
Date:Wednesday March 24 2010
Time: 11:08PM

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See you mate
24/03/2010 23:20:00
Thanks Craig love and peace
24/03/2010 23:26:00
A great fella, he will be sadly missed. [from RUFC]
24/03/2010 23:27:00
RIP Craig . you will be missed
24/03/2010 23:29:00
As someone said on the forum "The best friend I never met". God speed your journey to the land full of your heros.
Ty Corcoran
25/03/2010 12:12:00
Never met the guy but alway read his posts on here. RIP Craig
25/03/2010 12:31:00
RIP Craig
25/03/2010 14:08:00
He was a regular guest on the vital Rotherham site like myself. Always good to have a chat with about football and also to have a good laugh with. Daz (Vital Leeds)
25/03/2010 17:08:00
Ni Night, Craig, I will miss you
31/03/2010 22:07:00
Sad news. I grew up just a few doors away from Craig; he was three years older than me. He once saved me from the street bully who was rubbing a dead rat in my face. It got him a thump but I never forgot his bravery and sense of fair play. His mum, Sadie was a force of nature and she would have been proud of Craig.
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