In memory of June Baker – by Nick Baker

June and Bob Baker founded Sports Trophies and Engravers Ltd in 1972 in the vacant shop next to her fathers’ jewellers in Upper George Street, Luton. Then in 1989, the business was relocated to new premises still in Luton on New Bedford Road, where it became one of the largest showrooms for trophies and awards in the UK. 1992 saw the company relocated for a second time to Bedford Business Centre, Bedford.

I joined the business as a Director after spending some time employed by Trend Trophies, at which time the company was rebranded as Awardco, and the company changed direction and went on to design and manufacture in-house awards for countless televised events and award ceremonies including the Pride of Britain Awards, Disney Channel, Kerrangs, MOBO, Q Awards, Global Radio, Official Charts Company for single and album sales and many many more. In March 2020 as the pandemic started to hit the painful decision was taken to wind up the company and for the directors to focus on other business interests.

I fondly remember growing up in the company, meeting the reps, suppliers, attending annual social events and dinners etc with Trend, Transworld Trophies, Canon, Glenway and Cebrian as well as others.

The last few years were tough on the business and the family running it. June spent most of 2019 in the Royal Free Hospital recovering from a major operation to remove tumours and 2/3rds of her liver. The family maintained a constant presence at her bedside day and night for the entire time she spent in the hospital. Numerous rounds of Chemotherapy following for the next 6 months, however, the cancer spread to her lungs and June passed away peacefully on the morning of 1st May 2021 aged 74 at home with her family around her.

June loved her family and her five grandchildren. She loved to dance, especially the Waltz, Quickstep and Jive, and did so from the age of 14 until she was too ill to do so in recent years. She loved to travel with numerous cruises to the Far East, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Dubai and most of the Caribbean. But her most loved place to be was in Menorca, where the family own property, which was a second home from home for her.

In loving memory, Nick Baker

TEN Magazine would like to send our condolences to June’s family, friends, colleagues and all that knew her.