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Tax watchdog and local businessman Scott Baker dead at 47
Chemainus businessman, valley political candidate, and tax watchdog Scott Baker died Sunday following what may have been an accident at his home, a B.C. Coroner's spokeswoman says.
He was 47.
"It appeared to be an accidental event on his acreage in Chemainus," Barbara McLintock said of the incident that happened Saturday. "We're not sure if it was a fall.
"He was found seriously injured, and was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital, and died in hospital."
McLintock declined to confirm if Baker died of head injuries.
Baker failed in his bid to become North Cowichan's mayor during B.C.'s November 2011 election.
The RCMP referred calls about Baker's death to WorkSafeBC. Spokeswoman Megan Johnston said the agency's investigating "a work-related fatality" at 3137 Henry Road, Chemainus.
She declined to identify if WorkSafeBC's probe concerns Baker's death, but believed agents visited the accident site on the weekend.
"A worker was attempting to move a man lift (elevated work platform) off a flatbed truck.
"It appears the worker may have been struck by the mobile equipment."
Cowichanian Mike Hayhoe said he got to know Baker in the past two years after working with him regarding a rally protesting a Chemainus recycling operation that emitted a strong septic stench.
"I came to know Scott as a close personal friend I admired greatly.
"Scott was a brilliant entrepreneur, and the valley will never know how many people he quietly helped."
Straight-talking Baker also had a great sense of humour, Hayhoe added.
"He was a really good father and husband, and treated his employees very well.
"All you had to do to get treated royally by Scott was not steal from him."
Baker was planning tactics toward the fall 2014 civic election when he died, Hayhoe explained, noting his friend's disdain for what Baker bluntly described as wasted taxpayer dollars at North Cowichan municipal hall.
"We were just about to start the election (dialogue) now," Hayhoe said.
Word about funeral services was unavailable by press time Tuesday.