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Obituary of Frances M. Baker
Hampton, N.Y. - Francis M. Baker, 85, of Hampton, passed away June 8, 2019. Frank passed after a fall and a short battle with pneumonia after a surgery.
Frank was born in Hampton on April 28, 1934 the seventh of ten children to Lillian and Smith Baker. He was raised in Raceville on his father's farm where he worked every day while attending school. Frank was a 1951 graduate from Granville High School. He married his wife Carolyn in August of 1956 and they welcomed two children in the next few years. During his years in Hampton he was a dog numerator, town constable and 4-H leader. Frank worked for Perry's Farm and Maplewood Dairy before working for General Electric in Rutland as a parts driver. Frank drove over one million miles accident free from Rutland to Connecticut for GE before retiring after 18 years of service. After his retirement, Frank served 12 years on the school board for the Granville School District allowing him the opportunity to hand his granddaughter her diploma in June 2000.
Frank was an avid fiddle player and belonged to the Adirondack Fiddle Club serving as President for a few years and he was a member of the Champlain Fiddle Club. With these clubs he participated in shows at the county fairs and in parades all over Vermont and New York.
Anyone who knows Frank knows he never really retired. Shortly after leaving General Electric he ran for the Hampton Town Highway Supervisor and won the position. He served as town highway supervisor for 12 years improving roads to the best of his abilities with the budget provided. Frank loved his small town and community and was an active member in the town planning board. He was well known for his beautiful garden and for having any knowledge anyone needed about the town of Hampton.
Frank is survived by his wife Carolyn, his daughter Rebecca (Randall), his granddaughter Sabrina (Nathan), his grandson Damien (Sarah), 7 great grandchildren, his brother Douglas (Collie) and lots of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Frank was a friend and neighbor and member of the community of Hampton for his entire life and will be deeply missed.
Frank was predeceased by his parents Smith and Lillian Baker, his son Stephen, his brothers Arthur, Smith (Bob) and his sisters Beverly, Ina, Betty and Patricia.
Services for Frank will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street in Granville, NY followed by a funeral service on Thursday June 13th at the Raceville Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Middle Granville. There will be a get together for everyone who knew Frank following the funeral and burial at the Raceville Community House across from the church.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in his honor to the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 34 Hampton NY 12837.
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