Phyllis Edmunds Dake
1926 - 2012
Saratoga Springs, NY
Phyllis Edmunds Dake Saratoga Springs, NY - Phyllis Edmunds Dake died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. She had long suffered from the complications of Huntington's Disease. Philly was born in Ft. Fairfield, Maine on September 6, 1926, one of five children. She attended Dana Hall School (1944) in MA and Cornell University (1948) in Ithaca, N.Y. Philly married Cornellian Charles S. Dake in 1948 and moved to Saratoga Springs to raise their family and join his family business. She is predeceased by Charles S. (Charlie) Dake and Charles E. Dake (Chaz). Philly leaves behind Heidi Dake Keogh (Randy), Brad Dake (Darla Oathout), Perrin Dake (Estelle) and Pernille Dake (Chaz) and grand-children, Tyler Keogh (Krista), Kelly Keogh Kane (Daniel), and Graham,Tanya, Veronica and Juliette Dake. There are three great grandchildren, Madison and Reed Keogh and D.J. Kane. She is also survived by sister, Pat Howard of CT, Bill Dake (Susan) of Saratoga Springs, Alice Deering (Bob) of CA, and Ralph L. Carter of CA, who made his home with our family for many years. Mrs. Dake was Executive Vice-President of what is now Stewart's Shops Corp. in Saratoga Springs. She was the creator of the “Make Your Own Sundae” and in 1999, fifty years later, she founded the “Make Your Own Scholarship” program to help the children of Stewart's employees seek higher education and to date has funded $2 million to 211 students. Philly enjoyed her garden. She created an intriguing park-like walkway around her quarry property… a tree stump shaped like a bird of paradise … a natural waterfall… special rock formations … and probably a hundred different flowers, trees and bushes … that make it a special place to ponder. Mrs. Dake traveled extensively and loved to photograph. She painstakingly catalogued her journeys in photo albums … as well as, her children's journeys… and Stewarts' journey as a successful business. Philly is also known for her camel collection that she inherited from her in-laws over 60 years ago and that has grown through her travels and gifts and appropriately calls her home “Camelot.” Mrs. Dake also leaves a legacy to the Saratoga community with The Philly and Charlie Dake Foundation, founded in 2002, an organization that primarily benefits the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga County YMCA, Skidmore College, Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Foundation, and many local charities. She also created a second charitable foundation with a third of her estate so her generosity will benefit the community for years to come. She was a proud supporter of Pi Beta Phi and Cornell University. Philly was a long time member of Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, as well as Bethesda Episcopal Church. Her passion was the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. She and Charlie co-hosted the first party (1962) to interest people in the feasibility of building a performing arts center among the stately buildings and natural setting of the Saratoga Spa Park. That is now a magnificent complex. Philly has volunteered in development with the SPAC Action Council since 1967, as well as serving on the Board of Directors from 1980-2005. Mrs. Dake was honored in 2011 with a marble “STAR” (third of five) in the theater walkway, for her nearly 50 years of commitment to SPAC. Philly Dake's community service includes 50 years of service to Stewart's Shops Corp., Soroptomists International 1990 Woman of Distinction, Saratoga Good Scout Award from Twin Rivers Boy Scout Council 1998, Rotary of Saratoga Springs Foundation-Philanthropist Extraordinaire in 2001, Saratoga Foundation Board of Directors 1996-2012, Saratoga Hospital 1953-2012 founding member of Flower and Fruit Mission, Board of Managers 1979-87, Saratoga Hospital Foundation Board 1984-87, Skidmore College Advanced Gift drives 1972-79 and benefit luncheons through the Saratoga Polo Club 1982-95, WMHT Board of Trustees 1980 -86, 1988-93, Albany Medical College Board of Trustees 1984-1988, Albany Medical Center Board of Trustees 1984-92, University Foundation at Albany Board of Trustees 1984-92, Distinguished Citizen Award for outstanding service to the community and state 1988, Saratoga YMCA Board of Directors, nine years, Siena College Advisory Board 1984 and 1993 Board of Associate trustees, Lake George Opera Festival 1979-87 Board of Directors, Proctors Board of Directors 1980-83, Doane Stuart School 1980-83 Board of Trustees, and the Girl Scout Council 1956-60. A memorial service will be held at Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs on Friday June 8, 2012 at 3 PM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the many charities Philly supported including: SPAC, Skidmore College, the Girl Scouts, Siena College, Cornell University, Albany Medical Center, WMHT, Saratoga YMCA and Saratoga Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at

Published by The Saratogian from May 30 to May 31, 2012.
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June 22, 2013
John Greenwood
May 27, 2013
it will glow forever for you Philly
Li and Phil Evans
June 10, 2012
Philly had electrifying beauty inside and out. Her smile would brighten your day and her heart she wore on her sleeve, as her generousity was beyond measure.
A lifetime is not long enough to spend with someone so endearing. My condolances to the Dake family. I am so very sorry. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Robinson
June 9, 2012
So many fond memories of your whole family...... Heidi, Brad, Perrin and Pernille ... your mom was a lovely lady.
Donna Hurd-Cavanaugh
June 9, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Dake Family. Philly's thoughtfulness and generosity will always be appreciated. My sons were recipients of the MYO Scholarship and we will be forever grateful.
Sandy Lowe
June 8, 2012
There are a few incredible people who make a positive difference in our lives and our world. You, Philly, are one of them. You will truly be missed.
Sandy Sherman
June 8, 2012
Our hearts go out to the entire Dake family. It was truly an honor to have known Phily.
Steve & Cathie Schonwetter, Bilinski's
June 8, 2012
Dear Brad and Darla,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today.. May God Bless you both at this time of sorrow.
Love from,
Donna Ripepi
June 8, 2012
What a wonderful grand and generous woman. You reached out and helped so many. The world is a smaller sadder place without you. You have touched so many and have touched me deeply.
Charles Donath
June 7, 2012
To this day I cherish memories of spending weekends on "The Hill" as a young boy and will forever hold Philly and Charlie dear in my heart.
Bill Grande
June 6, 2012
We called each other "friends" many years ago when I lived in Saratoga Springs. The world will miss you. Marilyn Stewart (Ling).
June 6, 2012
The world is truly a better place thanks to Phylly. She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. All our love to the Dakes.
The Zussman & Pecks
June 6, 2012
My immediate remembrance, upon hearing of her passing, was of Philly driving her beloved Mustang convertible - hair and scarf flowing, sun glasses and smile - looking not unlike another treasured beauty of the age, Jackie Kennedy! I will always hold dear that vision of a great lady.
Calvin Cline
June 6, 2012
My toughts and prayers to all. She was a wonderfull woman who gave it all.
Amy Avery
June 3, 2012
I did not know Ms.Dake but I send my sympathies to her family.She sounds like someone who was and is the "salt of the earth" for her good works go on.
J. hebert
June 2, 2012
I never got the chance to meet Mrs. Dake, but I work for Stewart's shop #358 In Kingston NY, I have heard many nice things about Mrs. Dake and regret never getting to meet her. Mrs. Dake took great pride in her company and also took good care of her employees and their families. Mrs. Dake will be sadly Missed. Rest peacefully Mrs. Dake
Lauren Morris
June 2, 2012
she was a great grandma to me. i loved her to death. i found out on the phone from my dad and i am in Idaho. i was devastated. i cried so hard. my name is veronica and i am her granddaughter that she left behind. i will never forget her. my dad has done for her. he was her son. her was by her side. you know people dont die because they want to they die because god says its time to. they go up to either heaven or hell and she went to heaven because she has done so much for the community, family, friends, and Saratoga.
Veronica Dake
June 1, 2012
Lisa & Nate Kenyon
June 1, 2012
Lisa & Nate Kenyon
June 1, 2012
Although we had never met, I pray for you and your journey to heaven. Thank you for all you have done by way of generousity and kindness to make Saratoga Springs a wonderful community to live in. Farewell ....
Lucille L'Esperance
May 31, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dake and Stewarts family. It was a pleasure knowing and working with such a wonderful, caring, loving, generous person. Philly will always be remembered.
Mona and Dave Rothberg
May 31, 2012
My heartfelt condolences to Perrin, Brad & Heidi & the entire Dake family! Philly was an incredibly warm & generous lady and her spirit will live on eternally in Saratoga! I will never forget how fond my Mum was of Philly & how she'd always say how much it meant to her that every evening @ SPAC, Philly would take the time to stop & talk with her and would thank her over & over for her Volunteer work as Head Usher from the 1st night SPAC opened! How very gracious Philly always was and made anyone in her presence feel at home. I know she was met by a full chorus of Angels at Heaven's Gate as they greeted one of their own into their realm!
Weezie Foye
May 31, 2012
Thank you Philly, for everything you did for the employees of Stewarts. Your generosity and kindness will be missed.
Tom and Karen Esposito
May 31, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Dake Family. My children were two recipients of The Make Your Own Scholarship and I am extremely grateful for this program. She was a very giving woman.
Michele Simpson
May 31, 2012
What a wonderful life, may she rest in peace. My condolences to the Dake family. May you find comfort in your memories. Jackie Brophy Clark
May 31, 2012
We won't see the likes of Philly Dake again. She was a generous, selfless life-spirit who illuminated all those around her. Those of us who are in the arts will certainly treasure her legacy. Prayers to her family.

Tim Shaindlin, New Haven, Ct.
May 31, 2012
She was an amazing women. We are very thankful for all of her generosity. She touched many lives. My condolences to her family.
Tina Morency
May 31, 2012
Suzanne & Paul Testo
May 31, 2012
what a long wonderful life, with so many memorable contributions and great spirit/personality-she will be greatly missed. It was an honor to have met her (as a former Stewart's Manager).
Kristina Clink
May 31, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
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May 31, 2012

Our condolences and Prayers to the Dake family. We thank all of you for all you have done for our community. God Bless, Rest in Peace. Amen.
Joseph DiDonna
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
i want to sent my condolences to the dake family
phyllis podesva
May 30, 2012
What a sweet person we have lost. As a former stewarts employee I can say Philly was a terrific person; no words can describe how wonderful she was. My heart and prayers go out to her entire family. God bless each and every one of her family members. Cindy DeLancey
May 30, 2012
•“Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
For us remembering all our frequent encounters and caring conversations about our families the community and our businesses. For decades our paths crossed frequently each week at the market, the hairdresser or Philly's frequent visits to our business (Adirondack Appliance). Philly has been missed during her illness. Our loss in no way compares to her families loss.
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
Debbie & Terry Thibeault
May 30, 2012
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