Edward M. Baker

Sept. 8, 1949 - July 6, 2012

    Edward Mulford Baker, known as Ted, a proud 11th-generation member of East Hampton’s Mulford family, died on July 6 at Brookhaven Medical Hospital in Patchogue. He was 62.
    Mr. Baker, who had cerebral palsy, delighted in retelling the story of an ancestor, Samuel (Fishhooks) Mulford, who traveled to London to complain about a tax on whale oil that the town’s whalers were being forced to pay. Having heard about pickpockets in the big city, he is said to have sewn fishhooks into his pockets to catch them in the act.
    Thanks to Mr. Baker’s lively retelling, his fellow residents and staff at the Independent Group Home Living in Center Moriches had all come to know the story well, said his sister Lorrilee Faris of Encinitas, Calif. Mr. Baker made a strong impression on everyone who lived and worked with him, she said.
    Mr. Baker was born on Sept. 8, 1949, at Southampton Hospital to Edward M. Baker and the former Grace Miller. He grew up in the family house at the corner of Pantigo Road and Egypt Lane and lived there with his parents until he moved to the group home in Center Moriches in his 40s.
    He had many interests and hobbies, family history being one of them, and enjoyed journaling and making scrapbooks that detailed memorable times and correspondences, Ms. Faris said. He had written to President Obama and corresponded with Oprah and Dr. Phil, and even went to see a “Dr. Phil Show” taping, she said.
    In addition to Ms. Faris, Mr. Baker leaves another sister, Dianne Connors of Keystone Heights, Fla., and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
    A memorial service was held on July 9. Burial was at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
    The family has suggested contributions to the Independent Group Home Living, 29 Longwood Road, Center Moriches 11953.