William “Bill” Baecker 67, passed away suddenly at home on November 29, 2022. He was born February 23, 1955 to parents Enid Marie Yandik Baecker and John Arnold Baecker. He was raised in Roslyn, NY with his 3 older brothers: James Baecker (Anna Shaw Baecker) of Boston, MA, George Baecker (Patricia Bailey Baecker) of Roslyn Heights, NY, and Walter “Wally” Baecker.
Bill graduated from Roslyn High School in 1973 where he was co-captain of the school’s Gun Club.
He graduated New York Technical School in 1977 where he studied computer science.
In the mid 90’s he attended Carroll Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Bill worked for many major companies creating both software and hardware. He later worked as a geriatric nursing assistant so he could help take care of his mother who moved in with the family. Bill worked at Copper Ridge. He then was employed as a Home Health Physical Therapy Assistant where he worked throughout Carroll County, helping hundreds of patients over the years. Bill worked in this field until COVID hit in 2020.
While in college, Bill married his first wife, Theresa Caracciola (though the marriage only lasted a few years).
Bill relocated to Northern Virginia and later to Maryland.
It was here that Bill met his wife of 36 years, Nancy Marshall Baecker. After moving around a few times, the family settled in Westminster in 1993 with their then one year old son, John Baecker (Westminster).
Growing up, Bill was very active in the Boy Scouts. He and his brothers were all Eagle Scouts. Bill attended National Jamborees in Philmont, New Mexico, and the 13th World Jamboree in Tokyo, Japan. He had some amazing stories about these adventures.
Bill always enjoyed traveling, hiking, and wilderness camping. He liked being active, skiing, playing racquet ball, tennis, volleyball, softball, badminton, and croquet. He loved being outdoors fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed playing card games and tabletop games with friends and family. Bill was always researching and learning new things in the fields of health, science, technology, ways to save the planet, and all things political.
Bill is survived by his wife, their son, two of his brothers, and many nieces, nephews, and their families. Who will all miss him very much. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Wally.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a nonprofit that was very dear to Bill, GLOBALCITIZEN.ORG or to a charity of your choice.
The family invites you to join them as they celebrate Bill’s life at Fletcher Funeral and Cremation Services, 254 East Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157 this Saturday, December 3, starting with an informal gathering from 3:00 – 4:00 pm followed by a short service beginning at 4:00 pm.
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