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Clyde R. Baker

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Clyde R. Baker, 87, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, where he had resided since January 2006. He was a lifelong resident of West Hoosick, until he and his wife, Dorothy (Andrew) Baker, moved to the Cambridge guest home two-and-a-half years ago, because of his failing health.

Clyde was born Jan. 13, 1919, in West Hoosick. He and his wife, Dorothy, had been married for 66 years and lived in the same house that Mr. Baker built in 1940. He was a 1936 graduate of Hoosick Falls Central School. Clyde was a charter member of the West Hoosick Fire Department, a member of the Hoosick Falls Central School Board for 10 years and president of the board at the time it centralized. He was a member of the Hoosick Grange, the New York State Farm Bureau and a lifelong member of the West Hoosick Baptist Church, where he had been a deacon, a trustee and served on many committees.

Mr. Baker was a poultry farmer for many years. In 1957 he became an insurance agent for the Farm Family Insurance Company out of Glenmont, serving Rensselaer County. He retired from the insurance company after serving 35 years. Clyde had many friends amongst the farmers of Rensselaer County, who respected him for his candor and honesty.

Survivors other than his wife, include two daughters, Beverly Cottrell and her husband, Steven, of Ipswich, Mass., Jane Lang and her husband, Robert, of Cambridge; two sons, Allen Baker and his wife, Mary Jane, of West Hoosick, and Norman Baker and his wife, Cynthia, of Groveland, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Clyde was predeceased by a brother, Edward Baker.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 5, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the West Hoosick Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service at the West Hoosick Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls on Tuesday, April 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either the West Hoosick Fire Department or the Hoosick Falls Health Center through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 3, 2006
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