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“Benny's obituary picture is just as I will always remember him. Always smiling as he watched us kids run around! Especially Sudi, Kath, and I when...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Chris DeVine Hughes

“Benny's obituary picture is actually how I remember him. He always had a smile on his face, loved watching us kids, and every now and then he would...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Chris DeVine Hughes

“Vicki, We are so sorry for your loss. It is also a loss for us. Although we did not get to see him much in the last few years, we remember his cute...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Devine - Cary, IL - Family

“I will always remember the fun we had at the Greenbriar and the way Benny would quietly watch all of the DeVine grandkids with that smile and twinkle...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Katharine DeVine Gonder - IL

“There are so many wonderful memories. One of my favotites was the time I was playing a round of golf with Gene at Atlantis. After he had observed...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jon DeVine - Cary, IL - Family

“Though most of my memories of Benny are from childhood, I hold all those memories near and dear to my heart. A visit to see Grandpa Gigi was always...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin DeVine

“Benny was like a favorite uncle to me. He always had a smile and a wink for you, and displayed all of the qualities any young man would learn from...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Christopher Barry DeVine - MI

“Knowing "Benny" since 1957 leaves a thousand memories each one bringing a smile. Aware that we will never hear his laugh again or one of his stories...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Suzi and Joe - Jacksonville, FL


Eugene Theophile Alfred Baker born April 17, 1920, in Brooklyn New York. He was the only son of Josephine and Theo Baker; beloved husband of Victoria and the late Joanne. Passed away, Saturday, September 8, 2012. He attended St Bridget's School in Brooklyn New York, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 14 years, graduating from Cathedral Latin High School, in 1937, and then on to John Carroll University. Mr. Baker began his career with the Erie Railroad. He was a very prominent Cleveland philanthropist. In his forties he started his own business, The GEM Coal Company, which was a major factor in the business of coal brokering in the midwest. Gene had a great passion for education and gave many scholarship grants benefitting scores of men and women in the Greater Cleveland area. He loved golf and was a playing member of the Lakewood and Westwood Country Clubs as well as the Atlantis Country Club in Atlantis, Florida. He got his first hole in one at the age of 80. He had a great, quick wit, he loved to read and he was an incredible dresser. He will be dearly missed by his many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame - Cathedral Latin School, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH 44024. Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Ladislas Catholic Church, 2345 Bassett Rd., Westlake, 44145. Interment at Lakewood Park Cemetery. www.buschfuneral.com 440-333-9774