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Tribute to Chris Baker whose body was found in River Ouse
A TEACHER has paid tribute to a popular former student whose body was found in the River Ouse.
The funeral of trainee accountant Christopher Baker was being held at York Crematorium today.
Mr Baker, 29, of Albemarle Road, York, went missing on December 20 before his body was found near the Millennium Bridge on January 19.
Originally from Burry Port in Carmarthenshire, Wales, Mr Baker moved to York with his wife, Megan, six months ago.
The tragedy has stunned the town’s Glan Y Mor School where Chris Baker is remembered with affection.
His former music teacher Brenda Morton-Roberts described him as a “delightful and popular young man”.
She said: “He was a quiet, thoughtful and polite young man, well-liked, with a wide circle of friends.
“I really enjoyed his company and shall always remember his dry wit and wry sense of humour.
“In school, Chris was always generous with his time and supportive of friends.”
Mr Baker went missing after abandoning his car in traffic on Skeldergate Bridge and climbing over the wall of the bridge.
Mrs Morton-Roberts recalled Mr Baker as a promising student. She said: “Chris was a pleasure for all staff to teach as he was a model pupil, keen to progress and always willing to give of his best.
“His science teacher still has a copy of his science book as an example of high quality work.
“Chris was a very able pupil who excelled in music, science and maths and we were very proud of his achievements.
“He was a talented clarinet player and throughout his time in school performed in school orchestra and school wind band,” said Mrs Morton-Roberts.
“He also represented the school at county level in the county wind band.
“Like many of his contemporaries he returned to play in events after he had left school and maintained close links with the music department and friends.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this time and we extend our deepest sympathies to them.”
Mr Baker had worked in Carmarthen, and at Withybush Hospital, before he moved to York.