Clarence J. Baker 90, of Pottersville, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Adirondack Tri County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Creek after an extended illness. He was born April 1, 1921 in Ballston Spa, the son of Clarence and Nellie (Barnes) Baker.
Bake, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was proud of his wartime military service. As a young sailor he was aboard the minesweeper USS Palmer, located in the Lingayen Gulf off the Philippines, on the morning of January 7, 1945. While under enemy fire, there was an onboard explosion, followed by a pair of portside bombs. It took only six minutes for the Palmer to sink.
He married Evelyn Drumm on August 27, 1949. Throughout their marriage of nearly 62 years they were happiest when outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping and hiking were an integral part of their lives. They also enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Bake was an excellent pinochle player and was most content when his cards were accompanied by a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.
A 30+ career as a Niagara Mohawk lineman provided him with the opportunity to work throughout upstate New York in a variety of weather conditions. He was well known for his mechanical ability, proficiency in problem solving and his often creative solutions.
The Baker family moved to Pottersville in the 1960s from South Glens Falls. Bake loved their log cabin on the brook and was often seen on his daily walks with his wife. He had a fondness for dogs and was rarely seen without one at his side. He liked to read, enjoyed watching baseball, and found politics entertaining. The Bakers were skilled in producing exceptional vegetable and flower gardens. He also found pleasure raising chickens and pigs.
Bake was an opinionated man, a hard worker and had a good sense of humor. He cared about his family, pets and community. His wife, sons and extended family will miss him and are comforted by the knowledge that he lived a long and happy life. He leaves behind many friends, neighbors and coworkers who have their own fond memories of the wit and wisdom of Clarence Baker.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Ruth Baker. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, his sons, Lee Baker (Molly) of Eagle River, Alaska and Roy Baker of Schroon Lake, and his granddaughter, Stacey Baker of Eagle River, Alaska.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1pm Tuesday, July 5, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.