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.
My deepest sympathies to the family . What a sad day indeed but his legacy will be hard to match. He always had time for us the workers no matter pressing matter was needing his attention. Thank you.
My condolences to Bill and his family on this huge loss!
May your soul rest in peace, Bill!
My deepest sympathies to Bill's beautiful family. I was a colleague of Nicole's for several years and had the pleasure of watching their love blossom. Her loss was devastating to those of us lucky enough to know her but truly crippling for Bill and their family. They will be together to watch over you with love.
Condolences to friends and family.
My dearest condolescences to the family. It's never easy to lose a loved one so soon when another parent has passed. Take care of yourselves.
My sincere condolences to all Bill’s family and Friends. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to the entire family.
May your soul rest in peace
France Bastien (CRA)
So sorry for your lost - My thoughts goes out to the family and friends during this difficult time.
Saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was truly a great leader and a very inspiring and caring individual. Sincere condolences to the family and friends on the passing of a loved one. It is never easy losing a loved one. May the memories of the good times spent with Bill give you all strength in the days and weeks ahead. We pray that his soul Rest in Peace.
My condolences to the family. Bill was such a good man and inspired all those that had the opportunity to work with him in the Canada Revenue Agency. People came first with Bill and he will be remembered by many.