It is with great sorrow that we share news that April 8th marked the end of the long
and distinguished life of Roger Baikie, father, grandfather, great grandfather,
businessman, hunter and avid fisherman.
Roger leaves behind his 5 children: Lynn Baikie (Pierre Pedneault), Fraser Baikie (Kathy Roberts), Jeffrey Baikie (Sheila Buckley), Scott Baikie, and Ingrid (Pugs) Baikie (Ian Morrison), and 9 grandchildren: Sacha, Megan, Taylor, Karly, Fraser Jr., Patrick, Jeffrey Jr., Spencer, and Cole, and one great granddaughter, Scarlett. All are grateful for a boatload of cherished memories thanks to Roger’s generous sense of adventure and enthusiasm for sharing his passions.
Roger also leaves behind many friends with whom he also shared countless adventures around the world. His family favourites included salmon season at Middle Camp on the Grand Cascapedia and winter months in the Lower Keys. One of his oldest and dearest friends shares the following message:
I’m going to miss Roger. Over the years we spent a lot of time together, both as travel buddies and fishing partners. I was also able to witness, on many occasions, how he interacted with his immediate family and I know how much they meant to him. This is a tough time for all of them, and please know that our family sends best wishes and condolences to your family. We are thinking of you now as everyone reflects on Roger’s impact on those fortunate enough to have known him. We are all grateful for a life well lived.
Today I say goodbye to a dear friend, and we all say goodbye to a great man.
Rest easy Roger.
We all thank Roger for allowing and encouraging each of us to become fishermen (and women), hunters, skiers, hockey lovers and players, cribbage rockstars, for teaching us to eat our steaks rare and that a dozen oysters is not enough for sharing. Mostly, though, we are recognizant of his encouragement for each of us to be ambitious and passionate, for teaching us that no challenge is insurmountable, and that everything is better
in good company.
After passing peacefully in his home, overlooking the St Lawrence River, under the wonderful care of Iris Solomon, we all imagine him reunited with his late wife, Ruth Baikie (née Fraser), on a Caribbean fishing boat somewhere, enjoying the sun and asking: “how’s business?”.
We’ll miss you, but we will definitely never forget you.
Cheers, Big Ears, we love you!