Larry Baker Sr.

Larry E. Baker Sr., 79, of Baker Road, Hardenburgh died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after a bout with cancer. 
He was a native and life-long resident, having been born in Mapledale on September 5, 1934, a son of the late Marion and Hilda Todd Baker.  He proudly served in the United States Navy on the USS Bennington, and at Atlantic City as an aircraft controller from 1952 to 1956. 
Larry had been employed by the Town of Hardenburgh as a motor equipment operator and also served as justice of the peace, town councilman, and on the Republican Committee. 
Larry had an appreciation of nature, was a true Catskill Mountain woodsman, and was a very successful deer hunter.  He worked for 29 years with ENCON in Region 3, first as a forest fire observer at the Balsam Lake Fire Tower for 14 years, and then for 15 year in operations as motor equipment operator and as head of the 350 vehicle motor fleet.  He also was employed as the caretaker of the Galli Curci Estate at Highmount for over 10 years.  Larry was an active participant in many fund raisers and other programs at the Dry Brook Community Association.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Garrison Baker, whom he married in 1955, and his children; Larry Baker Jr. and his wife Sharon of West Virginia, Laurie and her husband Thomas Rankin of Tilson, Lanore and her husband Thomas Miller of Fleischmanns, and Lyle and his wife Valerie Baker of Fleischmanns.  Nine grandchildren; Michael and Robert Pietrantoni, Larry Baker III, Jenny Baker, Nichole Ford, Rachael Kelder, William Miller, Eric and Emily Baker and three great grandchildren; Payton and Damon Pietrantoni, and Aubrie Baker also survive.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Lucinda Baker and sister, Carol Hogan.
A service to celebrate the life of Larry will take place privately on Friday at the Baker Family Cemetery in Hardenburgh. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Dry Brook Community Association, c/o Bill Scholl, 40 Lower Furlow Rd., Arkville 12401. 
You may share a condolence or light a candle on Larry’s Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia