HARTWICK — Frederick Thomas Baker, 73, a longtime resident of Hartwick, died early Sunday morning, Aug. 3, 2003, at University Hospital in Syracuse.
Fred was born on April 11, 1930, in Hartwick, a son of Walter and Eliza J. (Richards) Baker.
A graduate of Hartwick High School, Fred first served for several years in the United States Army, and later re-enlisted in the United States Navy. His naval career went on to span 24 years, during which time he saw action in Vietnam, causing him to receive the Combat Action Ribbon as well as other medals and commendations. He was last stationed aboard the USS Aylwin, retiring from the US Navy as a Machinists Mate First Class in June of 1976.
Upon his return to Hartwick, he led a simple, quiet life. He frequently ate lunch at The Quickway in Hartwick, and he will always be remembered there and elsewhere for his friendly greetings and his habit of telling everyone he met to "have a good day."
He is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2003, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Laverne Saxer, pastor of the Hartwick Christian Church, officiating.
The committal service and burial, with military funeral honors accorded by a contingent of United States Navy personnel, will follow in the Hartwick Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published in The Daily Star on Aug. 8, 2003.
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