LAKE PLACID — Bernard P. Baker, 83, of Greenwood Street in Lake Placid, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born in Albany Sept. 14, 1925, he was the son of Pearl Baker and Polly Adelia (Newton) Anson.
Mr. Baker was a graduate of Westport High School in Westport. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Marine Corps. He had worked as a printer for several companies including Barton Press and W.D. Denton in Warrensburg and Elizabethtown. Bernie was an Endowed Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a member of the American Legion Post 326, Lake Placid. He served as past president of High Peaks Squares. Bernie enjoyed square dancing and was a caller at several dances.
He was the coach of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints basketball team and was a volunteer basketball coach at Lake Placid High School. He also had been coach for the American Legion baseball team. Bernie loved sports and was a certified referee in both basketball and soccer, traveling throughout the North Country to ref games.
Mr. Baker is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (Bougor) Baker of Lake Placid; three daughters: Linda Baker Wolfe of Lake Placid, Paula Vincent of Lake Placid and Alice Patterson and her husband Randy of Lake Placid; one brother, Dwight Anson Jr. and his wife Lilly of Wadhams; one sister, Alva Wildermuth and her husband Clark of South Glens Falls; five grandchildren: Bernard Paul Wolfe, Randy Allan Patterson, Edward Charette Jr., Jennifer Kinsman and Kelly Vincent Jr.; and nine great-grandchildren.
Calling hours were held March 23 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid with an American Legion prayer service held at 6:45 p.m. A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 24 at the funeral home in Lake Placid. Philip Perkins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiated. Burial followed at the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid.