Tributes paid at former city Lord Mayor’s funeral

thisisoxfordshire: The coffin of Bill Baker, former city councillor and Lord Mayor of Oxford, is carried into church by his sons and grandsons, with the Rev Sarah Northall leading the procession The coffin of Bill Baker, former city councillor and Lord Mayor of Oxford, is carried into church by his sons and grandsons, with the Rev Sarah Northall leading the procession

MORE than 150 people gathered yesterday for the funeral of former Lord Mayor of Oxford Bill Baker.

The long-serving city councillor, right, died aged 78 on January 20, following a long illness, and his funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Iffley.

His coffin was carried into the church by his three sons Paul, Mark and Adam, and his grandsons.

A Labour city councillor from 1986 to 2006, Mr Baker, who lived in Meadow Lane, off Donnington Bridge Road, with wife Vicky, became Lord Mayor of Oxford in 1997 and awarded the Freedom of the City to Nelson Mandela.

City council leader Bob Price, who gave a eulogy, said: “He looked after the people of the Donnington estate with great determination.”

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4:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

No, wrong Cllr Price - not 'determination' but what someone said to me outside the Church "Bill was a man with a passion for the people in Donnington and elsewhere, and which even those who'd not been trade unionists and Labour greatly respected in Bill Baker - something a lot of folk can't say about many local politicians these days." All I know is that Bill Baker seemed to put the 'class' back into working for and on behalf of the people, including his work with the voluntary sector and community associations over the years.
No, wrong Cllr Price - not 'determination' but what someone said to me outside the Church "Bill was a man with a passion for the people in Donnington and elsewhere, and which even those who'd not been trade unionists and Labour greatly respected in Bill Baker - something a lot of folk can't say about many local politicians these days." All I know is that Bill Baker seemed to put the 'class' back into working for and on behalf of the people, including his work with the voluntary sector and community associations over the years. Myron Blatz
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