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Scott Baker

  • On August 29, 2018
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Scott Baker, age 60 of Pittsburgh, PA passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018. Born on July 18, 1958, he was the son of Virginia and Dr. Clyde Baker formerly of McMurray, PA. Beloved husband to Starlet Shoup Baker. Dear brother to Cindy (Vince) Baker Lamberti, Lee (Tom) Baker Hokaj and Jane (Brian) Baker Andruscik. He was blessed with many nieces and nephews. Scott was preceded in death by his siblings, Lynn (Gary) Baker Fritz and Clarke Baker.

Scott was an active member at many churches, settling at Grace-on-the-Mount Anglican at Mount Washington, PA. He loved singing, song writing, playing the guitar and harmonica, and was one of the original members of the Peters Township High School Marching Band where he helped compose drum cadences still used today at PTHS. Scott wrote worship music that is sung by different churches all over North America. He was a teacher who was committed to classical education and implemented rhetoric programs at 4 different classical schools. Scott and Starlet enjoyed being outdoors together, the mountains and hiking. He was an avid cyclist. Scott was a lifetime Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan. He will be missed not only by his family, but also by his friends that he so dearly cherished.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10 AM at Grace-on-the-Mount Anglican, 319 West Sycamore Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, (412) 381-6020. Arrangements are entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace-on-the-Mount Anglican Church, 319 West Sycamore Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.

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46 Comments

Sharon Grossenbacher
  • Aug 29 2018
Cindy & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May peace be with you always.
Kurt and Carol DeHaven
  • Aug 29 2018
Our deepest sympathy and love to each of you on the sudden passing of Scott. Our pray is for our Lord to bless all of you with comfort, peace, and knowledge that Scott is now in the comforting arms of God, and reunited with Lynn and Clark. Blessings and love to each of you.
Donna Harshman and family
  • Aug 29 2018
Our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time, know that you have friends and family that are here for you whenever you need them.
Gregorypatrizio@gmail.com
  • Aug 29 2018
To The family of Scott Baker, our deep sincere condolences May he rest in eternal peace. The Patrizio families
Jefg Toia
  • Aug 29 2018
He will be greatly missed. A great soul. All our sympathies, thoughts, prayers. Jeff, Karie & Chris
Debbie Ivicic
  • Aug 29 2018
Dear Cindy and Family, Our sympathies and prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Debbie and Zivko Ivicic
Caleb
  • Aug 29 2018
To the family of Mr. Baker, My deepest condolences to you. I didn't know Mr. Baker, but he taught my small Rhetoric class years back and we learned so much from him. The wisdom that man conveyed to us was so insightful and biblical, and I know he left a meaningful mark on his students' lives. He left one on me. I've missed him since that class was over, and I miss him more now. He is in a much better place now, and I believe God has a special place for this special leader. Prayers for your family. God bless you. Always remember that God's timing is perfect, and He loves you so much.
Roxanne (Booth) Nardecchia
  • Aug 29 2018
Heaven awaits you Scott. You were a dear classmate and so nice to hear of your love for the Lord and your church. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Katy R Pent
  • Aug 29 2018
Starlet, I have prayed for you both so often and clung to the fact you were so happy, praying you’d have joy everyday of your life. I cannot imagine how hard and what a loss this is. I’m so extremely sorry. From what I’ve heard, Scott is a gentleman with a tender heart, and I could tell from even the little I’ve heard that you dearly loved each other. My prayers continue for you. May God hold you tightly and fill you with the peace and comfort only He can give. I love you, Starlet.
Barb Ashton-Haley
  • Aug 29 2018
I will always remember standing beside you for high school graduation-... I was about to start crying and you started snorting because- you said a bug flew up your nose. ?? Hope you have great bike rides in heaven- wish I could have ridden with you.
Ed Hopkins
  • Aug 30 2018
So sorry to hear this. Scott was a good man and had a profound impact in the lives of many students here. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. My condolences to Starlet and the family.
Billy Reeves
  • Aug 30 2018
Dear Starlet & Family of Scott, I grieve and mourn with you as one who has hope. Starlet your loss is great may Jesus himself comfort you all. Scott was one of my best friends and brothers in Christ. It was just last week I started recounting, playing and singing the choruses of a few of his songs, the ones we played many times side by side......."Lord Jesus Christ, God of mercy and might, Lord I pray, have your way in me" Let it be so as we remember him.........a True Psalmist!
The Rev Dn George (Val) and Tracy Finnell
  • Aug 30 2018
Dear Starlett: We were saddened to learn of Scott’s sudden passing and are grieving with you. Rest assured that you and Scott are in our prayers. Memory Eternal!
Fr. John & Beth Porter
  • Aug 30 2018
To Starlet and the rest of the family, Our hearts ache for you and we are keeping you close in prayer. May you be comforted by the assurance that, through baptism and the "faith that works by love" (Galatians 5:6), Scott is even now in the nearer presence of Jesus his Lord. We have to be out of town on Saturday, but we'll be with you all in spirit.
Dr. Robert J. Cannon
  • Aug 30 2018
Starlett and Family, Scott was a highly valued and much loved colleague at Veritas Press Scholars Academy. I recall my inaugural year, in which I had the pleasure of working with him and meeting him face-to-face in Lancaster, PA during our end-of-year gathering. I so enjoyed that conversation, as I am sure so many at Veritas enjoyed Scott over the years. We were deeply distressed to receive this tragic news. Though we grieve with you, we do not despair, as our hope is in the One in whom Scott trusts. All of us here are very saddened for your loss. We pray the Lord's peace on you, in great measure. Dr. Bob Cannon and the Veritas Family
Brenda H Davis
  • Aug 30 2018
Mrs. Baker, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Frank, Brenda, and Jacob Davis.
Audrey
  • Aug 30 2018
Scott taught my Senior Thesis class about five years ago. Having been homeschooled and not exposed to many formal classroom settings or especially rigorous courses, Scott’s instruction was hugely instrumental in empowering me to apply to a competitive univeristy and pursue a degree in Biology; especially as very few of my female peers were doing so at the time. One of my faborite memories from high school was defending my thesis to Scott and a family friend after months of patient coaching. It was the biggest project I had ever undertaken and Scott really helped me believe in my abilities and pursue other great things in the future.He had a way of empowering his students to pursue their passions and somehow managed to make us even more excited about what we were learning than we already were. I’m so appreciative of Scott and heart broken for your loss. Praying that you all feel loved and cared for during this time.
Tracy Ellett
  • Aug 30 2018
Heavy hearted for this news. A talented and Christ-like man who touched so many through his music and his teaching. To this day, his praise songs are among my favorites. Heaven rejoices as we grieve his loss. Much love to you, Starlet. Tracy Ellett
John Anderson
  • Aug 30 2018
My deepest sympathies to Starlet and the Baker family. As a fellow classmate and musician, I admired Scott for his character, hard work, creativity, and integrity. When most teenagers were sowing their oats and giving authority figures grief, Scott quietly excelled in the classroom, the marching band, and on the acting stage. Most impressive was the kindness, respect, acceptance, and encouragement he gave to others. It's no surprise he committed his life to ministry, because we saw God in Scott's life.
Peter Arthur Joslyn
  • Aug 30 2018
I would like to offer sympathies on behalf of all Scott's former students at New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, VA. Mr. Baker taught me to write (and, thus, to think), and, if ever my speech is used of God in the proclamation of His gospel, it is a grace that He communicated to me in no small part through the patient and enthusiastic instruction of a kind, eloquent, and eager instructor. God bless all the Baker family. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Fr. Peter A. Joslyn New Covenant Schools '02
Francis & Margaret Keeler
  • Aug 30 2018
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Scott's passing. We became acquainted with Scott through his relationship with our lovely niece Starlet at a family Thanksgiving gathering, where with Starlet's young nieces and nephews noisy and energetic to the point of distraction, Scott and Starlet took charge, escorting them to the park to burn off their energy, followed by some directed in-house games. A few years later, Uncle Francis enjoyed two beautiful hikes in Lassen National Park with Scott and Starlet and has similarly fond memories of watching the Perseid meteor shower with Scott on that same visit. May peace be with Starlet and the Baker family. We love you, Starlet. Uncle Francis and Aunt Margaret
Lynne (Fisette) Salvaggio - HS Classmate
  • Aug 30 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. I hope the memories of the love and laughter you shared help you through this difficult time.
Col.&Mrs. Chris Jensen USAF. Wilson Hill Family
  • Aug 30 2018
Our family is praying for your family and the loss of your husband. We hope God continues to comfort you and send you his endless mercy and peace at such a difficult time.
Randy Lubas
  • Aug 30 2018
I am remembering Scott as someone I shared many laughs and joyous times with together throughout our High School days. So many laughs. That is what I will remember. Prayers to the family. Sending love.
Renee (Parker) Crawford
  • Aug 30 2018
To the Baker’s and extended family: So very sorry to hear of Scotts sudden passing away. My heart goes out to you. He obviously touched many peoples lives. Praying for Gods grace for you during this difficult time.
Susie Patrizio Flajnik
  • Aug 30 2018
My heart full of sadness for your loss of such an incredibly kind and loving person. He was a very special part of my life during those tumultuous high school years. Scott was a talented poet and songwriter even in those days. I still cherish his beautiful writings as a remembrance of a special time in all our lives. Scott was one of those people you felt lucky to have become a part of your life. No matter how brief or how long ago. I honor his giving nature and know he will be greatly missed.
Beth Flathers
  • Aug 30 2018
To the Baker family: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Scott. I knew him while we lived in Lynchburg & worshiped at Grace Church. He was such a gifted songwriter & worship leader. His songs are some of the most inspirational worship songs I have ever sung. Praying for your whole family at this most difficult time.
Susan Barnett
  • Aug 30 2018
As one who played music with Scott at Grace Church in Virginia, I remember most his heart for God. Scripture came alive in Scott’s lyrics. Sanctify My Heart, Father Forgive Me, Have Your Way in Me... so many wonderful songs. Memories that warm my heart and follow my family and I with joy. Such a great loss. Sing on Scott to our Savior.
Elizabeth, Melina & Julie
  • Aug 30 2018
To our sweet friend Starlet, We are saddened to hear of the loss of your husband. We hold you in our hearts and lift you to our Father in prayer. Elizabeth & Melina Erhartic Julie Odendaal
Matt and Charity Torrence
  • Aug 30 2018
Dearest Starlet and Family, We grieve with you during this time. We are so so sorry for what you are trudging through right now. May the God of hope give you His peace that passes understanding. Scott will always be remembered for his deep love for our Lord and those who were in his life, for his remarkable musical gifts, his wisdom and so much more. He has always had such a profound way of taking Scripture and the Truths of the Kingdom of God and making them come alive in our hearts and souls as we sing and worship our Creator. He will be missed deeply. Starlet, you are loved and we are here for you. You always have a place to stay in Concord and are welcome anytime. We love you!
Tracey Bromwich Kasnic
  • Aug 30 2018
I was so saddened to hear this news. Such good memories from school. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian , Kirsten, Liam, Emma, Levi, Sophie & Sadie Donohue
  • Aug 31 2018
Sad to have him leave us way too soon. We will remember his songs, deep conversations about living life intentionally, and the way his eyes lit up when he smiled at some dry, sarcastic comment. He put down the tracks for worship that many of us are following decades later. We will miss him.
Larry Anderson
  • Aug 31 2018
I was shocked and deeply saddened as I learned yesterday of Scott's earthly passing. Scott and I spent many hours cycling and talking after our rides (many 50 + miles). However, my most precious memories of Scott are our times singing in the Grace praise band. His songs are still some of my favorite worship songs and my heart smiles as I think of those precious times. What stands out as I think of our times cycling and singing, is Scott's character. His love of the Lord, his gentleness and kindness, his unassuming manner, his dry wit and intellect, and his gentle smile will stay with me on this earth until I experience them again with him later. What a gifted, humble, loving friend. My heart is heavy and my prayers are with you as I think of you Scarlet and the Baker family, and with all of Scott's friends as we mourn together. Just maybe in eternity, God will allow Scott to lead all of us and indeed all believers in worship of our Lord Jesus. I don't like the phrase "rest in peace" as Scott is not resting, he's singing!
Lance Collins
  • Aug 31 2018
Starlet, my heart searches the depths for words. I have none, except these few that I lay at your feet. Scott Baker has ever been a man fully alive. And God is the God of the living. Therefore, Scott was—and still is— a man of living magic; because, the places that words cannot reach music invades. And Scott is a master of both forms of magic. I still see the glint in his searching, blue eyes. I can hear his resonating voice caressing contemplative utterances. When we spoke, we were listened to with a logocentric soul more acutely tuned to our intentions than perhaps we ourselves were. When we listened, we were uplifted and expanded by reflections carefully weighed and finely sculpted. Words can bear a beauty that is heavy like gold. Scott showed us that. He’ll show us again.
Louis and Sue Siko
  • Aug 31 2018
Dear Starlet, We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our lives have been blessed by knowing you and Scott. May the Lord comfort you and keep you in His everlasting arms.
Carol Wasieleski Schuck
  • Aug 31 2018
To Starlet and the Baker Family, I am a high school classmate of Scott's. We lost touch during college, so I didn't realize all that he accomplished! However, I am not surprised to hear how devoted he was to his wife and friends, how talented, creative, and wise. Anyone who knew him in high school could see those seeds. My heart aches for all of you who will miss him daily. We can all be grateful that the influence of his gentleness and loving spirit remains. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Rick Davis
  • Aug 31 2018
Starlet, I am so sorry to hear about Scott's passing. He was a godly man and a wonderful colleague. When I first began teaching rhetoric he took time out of his own schedule to mentor me and share his experience and knowledge. He was generous with his time and patient with my many questions over the years I worked with him. He was beloved by his students, and it was a privilege and a blessing to get to learn from his example. Our family will be praying for comfort and strength for you.
Hannah Brown
  • Sep 1 2018
Mrs. Baker, I am so, so sorry. My heart is breaking. Mr. Baker was one of the most influential people in my life. I use the lessons he taught me every single day. He taught me to think, to push myself when I thought it was too hard. His love for Christ and His world radiated through everything he did. I will never be able to find the words to fully express what his teaching and friendship meant to me. He told us once that Heaven is not for the dead, but for the living. I didn't understand what he meant at the time. After hearing the news, that statement flooded over me. I think I know what he meant now. I love you, Mrs. Baker, and I am praying for you constantly. May God give you His inexplicable grace to make it through this.
Kelsea Habecker
  • Sep 1 2018
Dear Starlet- I'm grieving with you. You are not alone. You are held in and surrounded by love.
Gretchen Collins
  • Sep 2 2018
Today I am listening to Scott's music, remembering how these words impacted my life and my husband's. Scott's influence is far greater than he will ever know, thousands of students were influenced by him. My prayers are with you as you grieve.
Anne Buzzy
  • Sep 2 2018
Precious Starlet, This sudden loss of the genuine love of your life must seem bottomless, surreal, unimaginable. I still remember the joy in your face, your whole countenance, when you and Scott would come back to visit NCS together years ago. I also saw a settled, restful peace in him when he was with you. What a precious match made in Heaven. I still remember Scott leading the students (my daughters) in NCS chapel when they were little, and how we'd come home singing those Spirit-infused songs and worshipping the Lord for days afterwards. His love for the Lord was contagious. May the Lord wrap you up in His Arms and hold you close during this extraordinarily difficult time. We will pray for you. Much love to you, sweet Starlet. ~Anne Buzzy
Barbara Helmkamp
  • Sep 3 2018
Dear Statlet, My family grieves with you and yours for your loss. Your husband was much loved as teacher to our daughters (Amalia and Sophia) for numerous courses at Veritas. It's hard to overstate his impact in their lives. May the Lord give you strength for the days ahead. In Christ, The Helmkamp Family
Barbara Helmkamp
  • Sep 3 2018
Please pardon my typo on your name, Starlet. Barbara Helmkamp
Julie Matson Warner
  • Sep 3 2018
To the Baker family: My family and I were shocked and greatly saddened by the news of Scott’s passing. We were next door neighbors to the Baker’s for many years and I have wonderful memories of being in a blessed neighborhood with so many special people. Godspeed Scott. The Matson family is holding all of you in our prayers and hearts. In Christ’s Love, Julie (Matson) Warner
Treva
  • Sep 4 2018
Dearest friends, Our hearts are truly broken over the loss of Scott. But the good news is, he lives in Christ and now prays for us in Heaven. We are praying for you Starlet. We both love and miss you very much. The memories we share with you two are very precious to us. Love and blessings, Cody and Treva Turner
Regie Keller
  • Sep 6 2018
Dear Starlet, Our family was surprised to hear of Scott's passing. Our oldest two children, Benjamin and Rahel had several classes with him at Veritas and have very fond memories. He was godly, kind and taught them a great deal. We pray that God will give you His peace, that passes all understanding and that He will give you extraordinary grace in the difficult time ahead. Love in Christ, The Keller Family
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