Theodore J. Baker
1939 - 2021
O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc Funeral Home
25 River Street
Salamanca, NY
GREAT VALLEY - Theodore J. Baker, 82, of Great Valley, died Tuesday evening (June 8, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital, following a short illness.

Born Jan. 28, 1939, in Salamanca, he was the son of the late Theodore and Hilda Young Baker. He was married Nov. 14, 1964, in the former St. Patrick's Church, to the former Nancy Passmore, who survives.

He was a graduate of Salamanca High School, Class of 1957, earned his associate's degree at Alfred State College in 1975, Bachelors of Art degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1976 and his master's degree in history from St. Bonaventure in 1979.

Ted was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1957 to 1965. He served in Okinawa during the Korean Conflict and with the 1st Strategic Support Squad in the Pentagon in Washington DC. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

He had been employed as the director of facilities at JCC Olean and as a professor of history and political science, retiring in 1996. He then worked for Allegany State Park from 1996 to 2013.

He was a member of the Lions Club, serving as president in 1985 and zone chairman. He also was a member of the Seneca Theatre, assisting in the electrical upgrades and serving as president of the living arts society.

Surviving, besides his wife, are two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Baker of Holly and Tammy (Thomas) Wind of Albany; a son, Stephen (Debbie) Baker of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren, Bradley Baker of Endicott, Hunter Pachla and Kohle Pachla, both of Holly, Nicholas Baker of Charlottesville, and Tyler Wind and Ryan Wind, both of Albany; two brothers, Daniel Baker of Salamanca and Dale Baker of Bishopville, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (June 11, 2021) at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (June 12, 2021) in Our Lady of Peace Parish, 274 Broad St., Salamanca, with Rev. Mariusz Sierhart, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Green Cemetery, Great Valley, where full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post 5296.

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Published by The Salamanca Press on Jun. 10, 2021.
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I first met Ted when we became involved in the rehabilitation of the Seneca Theatre. For the next 6 years we worked on the Theatre and he was a key volunteer in the completion of that giant project. He brought his electrical engineering skills as well as his wit, humor and enthusiasm to complete our task. He was a good man, solid individual and a good friend. We all owe him a big thanks for his many years volunteering to assist his community. He will be missed.
Richard Yehl
June 11, 2021
Ted was an awesome guy that loved his family. Condolences to his family.
Rachel Galway
June 11, 2021
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