William Victor Baker, 68, of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
William (Bill) was born on November 11, 1954 in Ottawa. After graduating from Sir Robert Borden High School, he completed a Bachelor's Degree in both Psychology and Political Science, and then went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Bill’s career in the public service began with the Saskatchewan government in 1979, and then he held positions of increasing responsibility through the CRA’s evolution, including the director general of the policy and intergovernmental affairs directorate, policy and legislation branch; assistant deputy minister, appeals branch of Revenue Canada; and assistant commissioner of the compliance programs branch with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Bill also spent time in the Department of Public Safety before returning to the Canada Revenue Agency in 2006 as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue.
In 2008, Carleton University awarded him the Bissett Alumni Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector by the school of public policy and administration.
Bill is survived by his three sons, Gregory (Julia), Michael (Amanda) and Stephen (Alexandra), his six grandchildren, Rylan, Aurora, Jack Ella, Eléonore and Catherine, as well as his sister, Bonnie, and his stepchildren Laure (Sarah), Weldon and Anthony (Caitlin).
Bill lost his beloved wife Nicole Jauvin, on September 28, 2022 after a long and arduous battle with brain cancer. The loss of his wife Nicole devastated Bill, with the grief of the loss taking a tremendous toll on his emotional and mental health, which eventually led to his passing.
It is our hope that he has found his peace. We love you Dad.
A Memorial Service will be held at Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, on Monday, March 20 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Ottawa Mission in Bill’s memory.
Carol Ann and Severin Godo
To the family, we are deeply sadden by your loss. We will miss his positive outlook and great smile. We enjoyed very much him and Nicole being part of the Fox Hunt street community. Rest in peace, Bill.
My deepest sympathies to Bill’s sons and stepchildren, as well as to all members of his family and his large circle of friends. It is not very often that you meet a true champion of Public Service and have the real pleasure of working for someone as genuine, competent and dedicated as Bill. He will remain a true hero of a rare kind in my memory and I am sure an inspiration to all who knew his generous soul and how very much he cared for Nicole.
Bernard Charron, Lucie Lacroix
It is with deepest regrets that we say goodbye to Bill. May he join Nicole and be reunited forever.
All our sympathy to the family.
I was so saddened to hear about Bill's passing. I can say that Bill was one of the most genuine and inspiring leaders I haver met. My heart and thoughts go out to his family. Please know that your father and grandfather made a real difference to all Canadians.
Such a tragedy…..
Martha and Don Hall
With much love to our dear friend Bill. We will miss you and always remember your good humour and great love. Rest in peace dear Bill.
I worked for Bill for many years. We became very good friends. I will miss him very much. Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time.
Celine gaulin and david wilson
To bill s sons and family
Our condolences to bill s sons and extended family for the loss of a wonderful, kind and loving person.
Bill, May you rest in peace with your soulmate Nicole
Celine gaulin and david wilson
(Manorhill friends and neighbours)
I am so fortunate to have been a part of Bill’s life. His dry humour, kindness and passion for family was always a huge part of who he was. My heart is broken knowing how he struggled and of his passing.
Mike, Steve, Greg: You Dad was so proud of his boys and literally glowed when he spoke of you and your many achievements. …and he spoke of you often
Weldon, Anthony, Laure: He embraced the entire Jauvin family and basked in your kindness.
Rest In Peace Amigo.. I will always hold you close to my heart. Sending hugs as always,?♥️