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Topic Title: Satellite Beach's 'Pepper Tree Man' dies at age 93
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Created On: 07/18/2017 12:36 PM
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 07/18/2017 12:36 PM
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Satellite Beach's 'Pepper Tree Man' dies at age 93

INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH - After flying combat missions over Europe during World War II, John Baker spent a quarter century engaged in hand-to-limb combat against beachside Brazilian pepper trees between the Eau Gallie and Pineda causeways.

Baker, the Space Coast's pre-eminent pepper-tree buster, passed away July 6. He was 93.

Since the 1990s, Brevard County barrier-island leaders advertised Baker's pepper-tree removal service and home phone number in Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach and South Patrick Shores community newsletters. He labored and sweated in the hot sun, chopping up the exotic invaders free of charge.

"He had his own war, I think with the Brazilian peppers," Harry Holloman, senior pastor at Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, said Monday during Baker's memorial service at Beach Funeral Home in Indian Harbor Beach.

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http://www.floridatoday.com/st...dies-age-93/484029001/
 07/19/2017 05:37 AM
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DHodges34

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Impressive! Glad he didn't take the mindset of "I'm just one person, how could I have an impact?" that so many have toward the environment.

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 07/19/2017 07:39 AM
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He took out a pepper tree for me back in the early 90s. Just called him up, he showed up, took it out and left. I was like "Cool Dude". What an inspiration. I hate the brazillian pepper tree as well.
 07/19/2017 03:23 PM
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tpapablo

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Cool story. Have to admire folks like that. RIP, Pepper Tree Man. Thanks for all of your service.



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 07/26/2017 06:51 PM
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pompano

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I've cut many a pepper tree with him for the MRC.  He would keep on going while folks half his age were throwing in the towel. He will definitely be missed.

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