Robert E. Baker, Sr., 85 of Saratoga Springs, passed away surrounded by his family on February 14, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Nathan and Ada Baker. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and served in the Army as part of the peace-keeping troops in Kobe, Japan after World War II.
Bob worked for the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady for many years and spent 35 years working in the banking industry before retiring from Fleet Bank in 1989.
Bob was a former member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, the Oriental Temple of Shriners, and Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 90 F&AM where he served as treasurer. Bob was actively involved in a number of civic organizations serving as treasurer and/or board member of the Ballston Spa Cemetery Association, the Ballston Spa School District and the Saratoga County Fair. After retirement, he continued serving as treasurer for a number of clubs at the Embury Apartments and enjoyed running the weekly bingo game.
His most treasured role was that of devoted husband to his wife Harriet, who predeceased him in 2004 after 52 years of marriage. Having no siblings of his own, he was fully embraced by Harriet’s family including her sister and brother, Gloria Dower and Edwin Wagner.
Bob is survived by his children, Patricia Muller (Richard) of Troy, VA, Ann Baker (John) of Jacksonville, FL and Robert Baker, Jr. (Tami) of Slingerlands, NY; seven grandchildren, Opal, Kristin, Joelle, Brittney, Rachel, Ella, and Rowan; great granddaughter, Gretchen; niece, Kathy Johnson (Vince) and nephew, John Dower (Becky).
Bob will be remembered as a true “gentle” man; as a loving father and grandfather; for his dry wit and humor; and by his many great nieces and nephews simply as “Uncle Bob”.
Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, February 19, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-8 pm at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.