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 Norman L. Baker

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Norman L. Baker

Birth
Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
6 Jan 2010 (aged 58)
Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot
Section 4B
Memorial ID
46442011 View Source

Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
Friday, January 08, 2010

Norman L. Baker, 58, of Philadelphia, formerly of Coatesville, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Keystone Hospice House, Wyndmoor.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Norman Baker and Alberta Abdala Baker of Coatesville.

He was a member of Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia.

Norman was a graduate of Coatesville High School, class of 1969.

Norman was an advocate for people with developmental disabilities. For the last 30 years, Norman had devoted his time and skills to what is right and just for people with disabilities by recognizing and working tirelessly for the closure of Pennhurst, Embreeville Center, the Southampton Mental Retardation Unit and the development and implementation of a good life for people in the community.

Those who loved him would often refer to him as "Stormin' Norman" because of his fearlessness, his passion and his moral compass.

In addition to his efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, Norman was active in the Human Rights Campaign, on behalf of people with AIDS. He was active in the Democratic Party in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania. He worked in many successful campaigns including that of state Sen. Andrew Dinniman and in the district attorney, mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Ed Rendell.

Norman was a member of Gov. Rendell's inauguration committee. He served as a consultant to both the governor and then-Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

Norman was active in the Philadelphia MR Public Awareness Committee, The ARC of Pennsylvania Governmental Affairs Committee and the Human Rights Campaign of Philadelphia and also on the national level. He will be missed by his dear and loving family, by his friends and by the people with developmental disabilities who have lost a fearless advocate. In addition to his mother, Norman is survived by his two sisters, Paulette Nicolas and her husband Afif of Coatesville and Beth Ewing of Phoenixville; many nieces and nephews; and his longtime friend Marianne Roche of Philadelphia. Norman's memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 9, at St. Cecilia Church, 6th Avenue and Chestnut Streets, Coatesville where family and friends may call beginning at 9 a.m. Interment in All Souls Cemetery, West Brandywine.

Memorials in Norman's honor may be made to Association for Retarded Citizens of Philadelphia, 2350 W. Westmoreland St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or to Keystone Hospice House, 8765 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038; or to St. Cecilia Church, 99 N. 6th Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320.

Arrangements are being handled by Wentz Funeral Home, Coatesville, 610-384-0318. To send online condolences, please visit www.wentzfuneralhome.com.
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Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
Friday, January 08, 2010

Norman L. Baker, 58, of Philadelphia, formerly of Coatesville, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Keystone Hospice House, Wyndmoor.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Norman Baker and Alberta Abdala Baker of Coatesville.

He was a member of Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia.

Norman was a graduate of Coatesville High School, class of 1969.

Norman was an advocate for people with developmental disabilities. For the last 30 years, Norman had devoted his time and skills to what is right and just for people with disabilities by recognizing and working tirelessly for the closure of Pennhurst, Embreeville Center, the Southampton Mental Retardation Unit and the development and implementation of a good life for people in the community.

Those who loved him would often refer to him as "Stormin' Norman" because of his fearlessness, his passion and his moral compass.

In addition to his efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, Norman was active in the Human Rights Campaign, on behalf of people with AIDS. He was active in the Democratic Party in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania. He worked in many successful campaigns including that of state Sen. Andrew Dinniman and in the district attorney, mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Ed Rendell.

Norman was a member of Gov. Rendell's inauguration committee. He served as a consultant to both the governor and then-Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

Norman was active in the Philadelphia MR Public Awareness Committee, The ARC of Pennsylvania Governmental Affairs Committee and the Human Rights Campaign of Philadelphia and also on the national level. He will be missed by his dear and loving family, by his friends and by the people with developmental disabilities who have lost a fearless advocate. In addition to his mother, Norman is survived by his two sisters, Paulette Nicolas and her husband Afif of Coatesville and Beth Ewing of Phoenixville; many nieces and nephews; and his longtime friend Marianne Roche of Philadelphia. Norman's memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 9, at St. Cecilia Church, 6th Avenue and Chestnut Streets, Coatesville where family and friends may call beginning at 9 a.m. Interment in All Souls Cemetery, West Brandywine.

Memorials in Norman's honor may be made to Association for Retarded Citizens of Philadelphia, 2350 W. Westmoreland St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or to Keystone Hospice House, 8765 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038; or to St. Cecilia Church, 99 N. 6th Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320.

Arrangements are being handled by Wentz Funeral Home, Coatesville, 610-384-0318. To send online condolences, please visit www.wentzfuneralhome.com.
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https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/46831240 provided parental links.


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  • Created by: Dan Oh
  • Added: 7 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 46442011
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46442011/norman-l-baker: accessed ), memorial page for Norman L. Baker (3 Jan 1952–6 Jan 2010), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46442011, citing All Souls Cemetery, Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Dan Oh (contributor 46803017).