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.
Our deepest sympathy to Bill's family and friends, I worked with Bill a long time at CRA and consider him the ultimate leader and motivator. I will cherish the wonderful memories of Bill as a person who lead by example and inspired all of us to be better people. Bill was one amazing man and he was respected and loved by all. We will all miss him but we are all better for having known him. Rest in peace my friend and mentor.
One of CRA's best ... gone too soon. My condolences to Bill's family and friends.
To God that we belong and to whom shall we return. What a beautiful life he lived . My heart goes out to the family . May God give beautiful patience to the surviving family and rest his soul in peace (Amen)
I was lucky to know Bill and took strength from his character: his honesty; integrity; deep compassion; and humour.
Condolences to his family who were a huge part of who he was.
Rest in peace.
My deepest condolences on the loss. Know that reflecting on all the wonderful memories helps as it does with me.
My heartfelt sympathy to his beloved family. Your dad was a real champion for us employees at CRA. So sorry to hear about his passing
I had the honour of working closely with your father some years ago. He was truly a public service model of integrity and leadership-and simply put, he was nice guy, respected by all who had the good fortune to know him. He will be missed and I hope that fond memories bring comfort.
Klara & Jules Bruehlmann
To Bill’s family and friends our sincere condolences. We will remember Bill forever. It was a privilege to know Nicole and Bill. Rest in peace.
Charlene Rousseau (CRA)
My deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Ask anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Bill, you would hear the echo of words about his professional competence and caring personality. My voice would be amongst those. It is with sadness that we hear of his passing.
Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends