MORIAH - Thomas R. Baker (USMC Retired) beloved father, devoted husband, grandfather, brother and uncle Tom to many died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his home.
He was born to William Edward Baker and Bessie Mae Fuller on Aug. 6, 1935, in Crown Point, N.Y., the twelfth of thirteen children.
He graduated from Moriah High School in 1953, class president and excelled in sports especially baseball and basketball.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1954, where he excelled in marksmanship. Tom enjoyed many successes in all IntraService sports that he played during his time in Parris Island. Many times against Marines half his age. He was a member of the All Marine Volleyball team. He was a recipient of many distinguished service awards. Tom was honorably discharged and retired in 1977.
Tom was a founding and lifetime member of the Champlain Valley Leather Necks, a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenter/Millrights Local 1042 and 229. He retired after 25 years of service. He especially enjoyed the comraderie of the many friends he met through work. He loved his fall trips to Schroon Lake at the Bryant Camp and fishing and hunting at the family camp at Crowfoot Pond.
Tom was community oriented, instrumental in getting wastewater system in the hamlets of Moriah, member of the Economic Development Committee, Town of Moriah Country Club Board Member. Republican Committee, Moriah Shock Advisory Board and member of the VFW Post No. 5802 Honorguard. .
Tom married Audrey Stevenson on Feb. 7, 1985. They enjoyed many years of family gatherings and traveling, especially their winters in Lady Lakes, Fla.
Tom leaves behind his loving wife Audrey "the best part of his day!"; his son, James Baker and his wife, Carol and sons, Timothy Baker, James Baker, and Brian Baker; his daughter, Teresa Garrand and her husband, Mark, children, Margaret Garrand, Mark Garrand II and Emily Garrand; his sisters: Wilma Veneto, Bessie Baker and Margaret Kelly; longtime friend and golf partner, William Potskowki and wife, Janice; many beloved nieces and nephews, especially Brenda Baker and god daughter, Dyani Mae Bryant.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Timothy William Baker, brothers, Willard, Russell, Roger, Ross, and Kenneth, sisters, Myrtle Treadway, Dorothy Meachem, Joyce Walker and Gladys Baker.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harland Funeral Home in Port Henry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. Patrick's Church, in Port Henry.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Moriah, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871.