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Walter Cottrell Baker

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Walter Cottrell Baker HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Walter Cottrell Baker, 89, died Saturday, August 16, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness. Walter was a lifelong farmer living his whole life in the home where he was born May 2, 1919. He was the son of David Allen and Hattie Cottrell Baker, and was also predeceased by his two sisters Agnes P. Cornell, and Lois F. Cornell. Graduating from Hoosick Falls High School in 1935, he chose to farm with his father, enlarging and improving the home farm on Bovie Hill purchased in 1916. He had an egg delivery route as well during the late 1940s and 50s selling to many of the corner markets and customers in the Troy area, as well as doing errands, dropping off folks, and picking up supplies for some of the organizations of which he was a member. He was a member of the Hoosick Grange for 75 years, most recently serving as chaplain at the time of his death. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, he served in many roles, including those of Sunday School teacher, deacon and trustee. He also enjoyed being active in farming organizations, serving as an Agway committeeman, Rensselaer County Farm Bureau member, and on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board, being named Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1964 and 1965. The activities that gave him the most enjoyment were spending time with his family, hearing what his grandkids were up to, working outside on the farm and seeing the results of his labor develop each year, as well as visiting with his farming neighbors as to what was the "news" in the area. If a neighbor needed some help he was a member of that generation that was always there to lend a hand, never expecting anything in return. He leaves his wife, Barbara Frisbie Baker; his sons, Kendal Frisbie Baker and his wife, Florina Capistrano-Baker, of Hoosick Falls, Sherman Walter Baker and his wife, Sandra Castro-Baker, of Hoosick Falls, Larry Cottrell Baker and his wife , Patty Kaminski Baker, of Eagle Bridge, Elon Lee Baker of Hoosick Falls; and a daughter, Hattie Ann Baker, of Delmar; and his grandchildren, Jessica S. Baker of Plattsburgh, Matthew J. Baker and Lucas H. Baker of White Creek, Phoebe Laura Baker and Julia Thankful Baker of Hoosick Falls. He also leaves his nieces, Arlene Davie, Geraldine Greene, Lorraine Brownell; his nephews, David and Allen Cornell; and their children and grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, at 80 Main St. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, August 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m at the ROBSON REINFURT FUNERAL HOME, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls immediately following the service. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls or to the Hoosick Falls Health Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 19, 2008
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