James Baker, 85, Koenig Art Emporium Owner for 31 Years

Mr. Baker was a Fairfield resident for 35 years.

Jim and Shirley Baker thanked their customers last November, as they closed the store after 31 years.
Jim and Shirley Baker thanked their customers last November, as they closed the store after 31 years.
James Edward Baker, 85, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Shirley Ellen (Coyle) Baker, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., the son of the late Charles Lorenzo Baker and Alice May Maxim Baker, he had been a Fairfield resident for the last 35 years. He was a graduate of LaSalle College and served in the United States Navy at the end of World War II and during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Baker was the owner for 31 years of the Koenig Art Emporium in Darien, a downtown landmark which closed late last year.

He was a member of American Legion Post 143 and the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield. He was a very talented handyman, loved reading, but above all else, delighted in time spent with his family.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife Shirley, include three beloved daughters, Rochelle Baker, Alyson Baker Connole and her husband Brendan, and Sarah Elizabeth Baker; four cherished grandchildren, Shane Edward Baker, Shaun Daniel Baker, Ryan Michael Baker and McKayla RoseMary Connole; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Doris Schmidt, Charlotte Goerlich and Alice Kay Baker.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Military honors will be rendered following the service; interment will be private.

Friends may call Friday, March 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.


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