Death of honorary citizen Bill

Bill Baker pictured with his honorary citizen award
Bill Baker pictured with his honorary citizen award

A man who was awarded honorary citizenship of the town has died from cancer at the age of 84.

William Baker, who was known as Bill, passed away on May 22.

His funeral will be held at Scarborough Crematorium on Monday June 3 at 1.20pm.

Mr Baker was married to wife Alison who died in March of this year.

Until recently the couple, lived at Cherry Close.

The pair, who have three children Alan, Andrew and the late David, moved to Whitby in the 1980s and bought the Haven Crest hotel in Upgang Lane which attracted many repeat customers.

Mr Baker, who was born in London, was a founding member of Whitby and District Tourism Association (WDTA) and was its treasurer since its formation in 1997 right up until last year.

He also created the association’s first website in 1997 promoting Whitby and its many tourism visitors - making it one of the first associations to have a website in the country.

Along with Alison the couple were both keen photographers and past members of Whitby Photographic Society.

He was also extremely proud to have been made an honorary citizen.

Mr Baker’s son Alan (61) said his father, who recently moved into a care home with his wife, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

“I’m very proud of him,” he said.

“He was totally honest, he had a great sense of humour and he had his values, good values he believed in.

“He was a very wise man and very clever.

“My mum and dad were members of Whitby Disablement Action Group and taught them to use laptops and were instrumental in getting them the laptops to use.

“He did an awful lot for Whitby.”

Harry Collett, chairman of WDTA said Mr Baker did an incredible amount for the town and will be sorely missed as both a member and friend.