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This New Freedom Hall Website is Proudly Dedicated to Gary Lin Baker

It is with mingled joy and sadness that we launch and dedicate Freedom Hall and Gardens’ new website, in loving memory of its owner and founder, Gary Lin Baker, who passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2018.

In Gary’s early career, he worked catering sporting events at Laguna Sega Raceway, concerts in iconic Golden Gate Park and Sears Point. Gary fed celebrities such as Paul Newman, with whom Gary took a picture serving the legendary actor a hamburger, and stage magician and illusionist David Copperfield and his entourage. 

During this time, he also fell in love with catering weddings. He enjoyed the energy and happiness of each couple’s special day, and his passion for catering coupled with his joy in others’ joy led to the dream which would become Freedom Hall and Gardens, which Gary founded in 1995. Working with his wife, Tina, Gary labored tirelessly to create an all-inclusive wedding reception destination and catering service where people could have their storybook wedding at a reasonable price. The vision was simple. As Gary often said, “Imagine if we treat our clients like they were our family, a cousin, a sister or aunt. That’s how we need to see all of our brides.”

As Freedom Hall and Gardens grew, it became a signature destination for wedding parties and other events, earning accolades and rave reviews from clients and guests as well as achieving the prestigious Diamond Certified Rating for customer service, satisfaction and overall quality. To date, Freedom Hall and Gardens is the only Bay Area wedding facility to be able to boast this.

Recently, between his business and his twin loves of rock concerts and Oakland A’s games, Gary began to conceive of a new website for Freedom Hall, one which would deliver a better all-around user experience. The old website had been around for most of a decade, and Gary felt it was time to give the business’s web presence a facelift and bring it back into line with his vision of a superior experience from the first mouse click or phone tap to the departure of the last guest from the venue.    

As with everything else Gary set his mind to, he worked tirelessly to balance the demands of creating a new website from the ground up with his business, his outside passions and his family. His primary focus and motivation was making sure everything about Freedom Hall continued to exemplify his vision of offering and delivering the absolute best he had to give to everyone who set foot into Freedom Hall, either virtually or in real life.

Sadly, Gary left us before the new website could be unveiled. We hope you, the viewer, and his friends, family and loved ones will see it as a fitting tribute to Gary’s passion for life and pleasure in serving others. 

At this time, we’d like to turn over the space and let some of the people who knew Gary best tell us about this wonderful man and the legacy he strove to build throughout his rich life. 

Gary, I have so much gratitude to have been able to say that I counted you in my best friend list. You were one of the most genuine people I ever met. You were Glenn’s best friend for decades and when he passed you became someone I could count on for guidance in life. I knew I could go to you and you would always be on my side. You were generous with your time and truly cared. –Lori Beesley

 

I’m so glad to have known Gary for so long. I’m greatdul for the San Francisco Tour he and Tina gave me a few years ago as well as cruises and a trip to Cabo many years ago. Uncle Gary was so generous and a great person to lookup to. He has left behind a great legacy. –Cindy Taylor

 

I worked as a server a few years ago for Freedom Hall and I remember for Christmas he took us all his employees in a limo to San Francisco to a very nice restaurant then we came back to FH he had a surprise party and prizes for all his employees. He sure knew how to treat his staff. I am sure he will be missed by everyone who knew him. –Divina Ortega

 

We had our reception at FH 15 years ago. Many years later we still got complements on the great food, especially Gary’s chicken. –Cathy Teves

While Gary is no longer with us, his legacy and work ethic live on in Gary’s family and the staff of Freedom Hall. We were enriched and blessed to have known him, and we and the world are a bit poorer for his passing. We sincerely hope you enjoy the new website for Freedom Hall and Gardens, which will remain open and available as Gary would have wanted. He knew life goes on; it now falls to us to honor his memory and maintain the high standards of excellence and care Gary set during his lifetime. 

We owe him nothing less. 

There will be two Celebrations of Life for Gary. 

One will be on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at The Grand View, 339 East 2250 South #103, Ogden, UT 84401.

 The other will be Friday, June 29, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM at Freedom Hall & Gardens, 3910 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95052. 

If Gary touched your life and you are available to do so, we invite you to come share your memories of him with us.