David E. Baker

David Edward Baker, of Wilmington, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at the Albany Medical Center, Albany.

He was born in Glens Falls on Sept. 20, 1940, the son of Horace and Madeline Ormsby Baker (predeceased).

David was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and worked more than 30 years with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. At the time of his retirement, he was the director of the Estate Tax Division. For the past 21 years, he and his wife have owned and operated The Ledge Rock at Whiteface, a motel in Wilmington.

Mr. Baker was a member of the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau for 21 years. He served on the board of directors for six years and as president for three years. He was also a member of the Lake Placid Essex County Visitors Bureau for 21 years and served one term on the board of directors.

He was a communicant of St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid.

He was the beloved husband of Jean Rawlin Baker for 47 years, loving father of four children: Mary Beth (Patrick) Pulver of Valatie, Kate Baker of Clifton Park, David Jr. (Yuliya) Baker of Clifton Park and Michael (Mary) Baker of Tupper Lake; proud grandfather of Emily Pulver, Sasha (Alexandra) Baker, and Christopher Baker; six siblings: Mary Jo (Fran) DeFilippis of Nassau, Horace (Kathy) Baker of Bolton Landing, Kate (Roger) Summerhayes of St. Croix, V.I., Megan, Julie and Arthur (Nicole) Baker all of Bolton Landing; and beloved nephew of Peggy Dillon of Teresian House, Albany.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the M. B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home, 2310 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at St. Agnes Catholic Church with the Rev. John Yonkovig officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy at a later date.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Dave’s memory, may make a donation to St. Agnes Church, Lake Placid.

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