Gilbert Baker

  • Born: June 2, 1951
  • Died: March 31, 2017
  • Location: New York City, New York

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Gay rights activist created the rainbow flag…

Gilbert Baker, a gay rights activist and creator of the iconic rainbow flag, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home in New York City, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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They say that everybody dies twice. The first time is when you pass away, but the next is when your name is said for the last time. Mr. Baker may not be physically here anymore, but due to his dedication, and amazing compassion for others, this wonderful man has a long, long life ahead of him. May you Rest In Peace, sir.

Posted by John Miller - OR   January 14, 2019

I was thinking of you yesterday, and Felt so Honored to See and Be A Part of So many Rainbow Flags!! Now I know why! Thank you!

Posted by Michael Cortez - Gorham, ME   June 18, 2017

Thank You Mr. Baker for all the heart and soul you gave to the LGBT community. You gave us the colors of the rainbow to be united under. Not a day will go by that your hard work will be forgotten and you will live on in our hearts. You are my hero and you can Rest In Peace knowing you left a mark, a light, a legacy, that will live on long after we are all gone from this world. Thank You! May those that feel the loss of your presents now not forget you are always with us in spirit.

Posted by Alfred Duggan - Fairfax, SC   June 02, 2017

My Deepest condolences to Gilbert's family. Thank you for sharing him with the world. His Flag is known all over the world. He really loved his family he would often speak of his mom and the grandnephew who visited last year.Iknow that this grand-nephew loved trains. He always talked about you guys. I visited him a few days before he passed to chat and drop off a Easter card. I let him know I was going out of town. He seemed a little under the weather so I thought he would be o.k. I am his Gemini Soul-Sister.I will never forget This Brave Smart Kind person. I truly believe he is in God's Care. He did a lot for helping people to be more tolerant and understanding of the Gay community. God willuse whom ever he wants to.He would laugh when I said that but I believe that. May he forever rest in God's care.

Posted by Bev ueens, New York - Mayo   May 23, 2017

Gilbert was one of America finest human beings I had the pleasure of accompanying him when he was interviewed on Fox5 N.Y. C. News Station . He was a very special friend who helped me tru some very hard times. I will never forget the special fun moments we shared and the laughter. He will forever be in my heart may he rest in peace. I was out of town during his passing and I had just seen him a few day before he died. Eventhough he was not feeling well at that visit I was thinking he would recover. I was wondering why I could not call him as usual these pass few weeks.

Posted by Bev Mayo - Queens, NY   May 23, 2017

As you mourn the death of your loved ones, may our Heavenly Father touch your lives in a way that soothe your heart, and bring you peace. He has said I am your comforter,and I myself shall keep comforting you people. Isaiah 51:12 Condolences to you all.

Posted by Linda - FL   May 04, 2017

Gilbert and I were neighbors, here in Wichita, and were classmates in junior high and our first year of high school. When he moved to Goddard and I moved to Arizona it was 50 years later, that when I googled his name, I found out about his celebrity status. I certainly admire him for his accomplishments...and to think that I walked to school with him. I want to express my sympathy for Mrs. Baker and Ardonna. He was a great friend and I will cherish the memories that I have of him.

Posted by Michael Hayes - Wichita, KS   May 01, 2017

My condolences to the family may you endure this difficult time of much sorrow.
Phillipians 4:6,7

NC

Posted by A friend   April 27, 2017

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Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   April 27, 2017

Sending my sincere sympathy, my hearts goes out to you at this time of great sadness. Please know that God care about you, how you feel and invites you to let him help you. Jeremiah 29:12

Posted by A friend   April 12, 2017

All of this years PRIDE parade celebrations should honor Mr. Baker in a highlighted Tribute to by Over-Emphasizing this year his, if possible, 8 color flag which we all in the LGBTQIA community help identify ourselves with.
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Posted by G P - OH   April 10, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Gilbert. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Posted by A friend   April 05, 2017

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PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   April 05, 2017

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Baker family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    April 04, 2017

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Thank you.

Posted by A friend   April 04, 2017

I am not Gay but I understand the struggle as I have a cousin that has been gay all his life. God bless you Mr Gilbert for taking a stand in difficult times Rest In Peace your battle is over. Thanks for that beautiful flag,

Posted by James Jones - Forsyth, MO   April 04, 2017

Our prayers go out to all the family and friends may you have peace.

Posted by V. - FL   April 03, 2017

Thank You Gilbert Baker! You took a stand back then for people that did not have a place to call home here in the USA and all over the world. We saw this flag waving at different times in our life, we new we were safe, and with friends.
May God continue to bless you, the way you blessed the world with your creation.
Love to his family and friends, from Family here in Michigan

Posted by Tina Bates - Ypsilanti, MI   April 03, 2017

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Peace.

Posted by Glen Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   April 03, 2017

My condolences to Mr Bakers family and friends,
May the God of all comfort you, and give you peace as you deal with the loss of your love one

Posted by RDR - IL   April 03, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   April 03, 2017

I sincerely offer my condolence: Words seem insufficient at this time. May the love of family and friends help you to gradually recover from your pain.

Posted by A friend   April 03, 2017

May the God of comfort give you the strength to endure during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   April 03, 2017

I'm so proud to live in the hometown of Gilbert Baker, Parsons, KS. God bless him and may he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by A friend   April 03, 2017

To the family of Mr.Gibert Baker I am
writing to express my sincere condolences
to you all.
May you find comfort in the words Jesus
spoke at John 6:44.

Posted by Dee - OH   April 03, 2017

I remember the awestruck feeling I felt stepping off the Gay Freedom Celebration Parade in 1978 at the U.N. Plaza in San Francisco and looking up at the gently waving RAINBOW FLAGS high above me. One was a stylized American Flag. Little did I know that I would eventually meet and be "Betsy Ross" assistant in NYC feeding Gilbert miles of fabric as he stitched together the mile-long version for the 25th Anniversary of Stonewall in 1994. We lost touch in the past years but I have always carried his memory in my heart. Rest in peace my friend, you are one of the ancients now!

Posted by John Carollo - New York, NY   April 02, 2017

My deepest Condolences to the family of Gilbert Baker may you find Comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow with you, take Comfort in knowing that God keeps those who die in his memory because they are precious in his eyes.

Posted by Mary Green - Waynesboro, PA   April 02, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family
May the God of all comfort be with the family

Posted by Robert Little - Columbus, GA   April 02, 2017

The courage Gilbert showed during our formative years in Kansas foretold what he would achieve through his life. Rest in peace my friend knowing your influence will live forever.

Chris Shults

Posted by chris shults - las vegas, NV   April 02, 2017

Godspeed Gilbert, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   April 02, 2017

To The Family of Gilbert Baker:
May his soul Rest In Peace and the perpetual light shine upon him.
With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Paul J. Gitnik - Pittsburgh, PA   April 02, 2017

Rest in Peace Gilbeet. May we continue your bold legacy of flying the rainbw flag in public with dignity and pride in our diversity.

Posted by Tony Robertson    April 02, 2017

Thank you Gilbert Baker for standing up for LGBT rights and being part of liberty and justice FOR ALL!
Rest in Peace

Posted by Brad Branch - Topeka, KS   April 01, 2017

Dear Baker Family Rory and I would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Gilbert Baker.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   April 01, 2017

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Peaceful journey. Thank you for your creative spirit and humanity.

Posted by Carrie Corson - Waldport, OR   April 01, 2017

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The colors you brought to the world will be long - always remembered.

Posted by Sandra Battle - Durham, NC   April 01, 2017

RIP, Gilbert you will always be remembered with people who believe in RIGHTS for all not a few.

Posted by Susan Stephens - Trucksville, PA   April 01, 2017

You helped make change, God Bless you and may you rest in peace

Posted by Christie freeman - Glendale, AZ   April 01, 2017

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   April 01, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   April 01, 2017

RIP to an icon in the gay community. Kudos to your bravery during a time where this life was NOT welcomed and to all you did to make my friends and family from the LBGT community feel and live more comfortably.
RIP
Prayers to your family

Posted by barbara kuzminski - Bayonne, NJ   April 01, 2017


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