It is with sadness that I inform of the passing of Kenny Baker the Manchester Ex Boxers treasurer who passed away peacefully this morning December 25th in Glasgow. Kenny lost his beloved wife Gwen in early November and since then found himself in Hospital and after receiving various scans found himself with various ailments all of which were too much to bare, particularly the broken heart. Kenny was transferred to a hospice in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd and I received a text from his son Raymond today saying Kenny had passed away peacefully this morning.
I shall miss Kenny greatly, when I first joined MEBA in 1993 (we were then based in the Railway Club, Store Street). Kenny was on the door and my Father in law Roy Richardson introduced me to Kenny and Kenny gave me a warm handshake and a big smile and he knew of my career etc and I will never forget the warmth that Kenny had for people, he made you feel that you counted.
In 1998/99 I joined the MEBA Committee to which Kenny was already a member, the Secretary and acting treasurer at the time was John Fleming. John died suddenly and Kenny and I became treasurer and secretary respectively. We sorted out the accounts and from then on we worked successfully as a team particularly when it came to collecting monies for the NBF Blackpool gala which was held every year and involved collecting and accounting for large sums of money.
Kenny was well known by all at MEBA and also through Kennys association with the Scottish Ex Boxers Association. Ken was friends with Dick McTaggart to which Kenny was responsible for inviting Dick McTaggart to the NBF Blackpool Gala to which he has attended every year since.
Kenny was elected to be the NBF president for 2012/13 and received his chain of office (and well deserved) at our Gala in June this year, a proud moment for Kenny and also his wife Gwen who was with us at the time.
I must mention Kennys son Raymond and his wife Wilma who attend the Blackpool Gala every year, since the passing of Kennys wife they have supported Kenny in his time of need, they live in Paisley Glasgow and have looked after Kenny in so many ways, travelling weekly to Manchester, staying in hotels, organising care packages, Gwens funeral and ensuring Kenny had everything he needed whilst in Hospital. A result of Kenny’s condition was confusion and Kenny was unable to tell visitors the status of his condition, Raymond not only cared for Kenny but kept myself and others updated with Kennys condition. Raymond you would have made a great cornerman.
Although I and many of us at MEBA will miss Kenny terribly he is at peace and with his beloved Gwen. Rest in peace Kenny and give our Love to Gwen.