Thomas James Baker, 78, Vero Beach

Thomas James Baker, 78, died Nov. 30, 2010, at Florida Hospital in Orlando.

He was born in Nyack, N.Y., and lived in Vero Beach for 20 years, coming from Miramar.

He retired from the Miami Herald after 35 years in the Advertising Composition department.

He attended St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach.

He was awarded the title of Grand Mariner from Holland America.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Patricia; son, Thomas Baker Jr., of Plano, Texas; daughter, Diana Moore, of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the , P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.

A guestbook is available at

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