BAKER – Clifford Guy Baker, passed away on April 15, 2015. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on February 10, 1947. He was the son of William E. Baker, Sr. and Elizabeth Grace Stagiar and was the stepson of Agnes (Peggy Moreau) Baker. He would go on to attend Roosevelt High School after the family moved from Poughkeepsie to Salt Point and graduated in 1965. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy with his homeport being Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where his dad was also stationed during World War II. He served as a radioman on the USS Philip and later the USS Fletcher and served three six month tours of duty in Viet Nam and was part of task force 115 in Cam Ranh Bay which was a unit of Operation Market Time Forces. After his military service he went to work for the Dutchess County Bureau of Fire in August 1969 as a fire alarm dispatcher where his call sign was 14-6 which was known throughout the county for 33 years until his retirement in February 2002. He was known by his friends as Bake or Bakester. Cliff coached his daughters’ softball teams, was an ASA softball umpire and president of the local ASA umpires association, was a life member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department where he served as secretary, a member of the American Legion (Post 739), played slow pitch softball, was an avid bowler and was secretary of the Rural Fireman’s Bowling League. For many years he was a counselor and chaperon at Sharp Reservation with West Road School fourth graders. Cliff and his wife Karen moved to Kissimmee, Florida after his retirement from the Dutchess County Bureau of Fire. He worked part time for the Houston Astros spring training and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Cliff was also a volunteer with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Community Patrol. Bake was an avid sports fan and was a long time Mets and Jets fan. Cliff was a long term member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salt Point, New York and currently the St. Cloud Presbyterian Church, St. Cloud, Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years Karen, his three children, daughters Colleen Secor (Darren), Amy Carver (Allen) and son Clifford Baker (Erica) and five grandchildren, Ashley, Brandon and Kyle Secor and Andrew and Jazzmyn Carver. He is also survived by his three brothers William E. Baker, Jr., Daniel Baker and Donald Baker and was predeceased by his step-brother Albert Lonsberry. Cliff also had a special connection with his cousin Wayne Southworth. Cliff is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be decided in St. Cloud, Florida.
Thank you to all the nurses and staff at the Lake Nona VA Community Living Center for their unwavering and loving care of Cliff while a residence in the CLC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local American Legion, VA Hospital, National Parkinson Association, Pleasant Valley Fire Department or Alzheimer’s and Dementia research.
FLETCHER – William Calvin Fletcher, Sr., 89, passed away on Sunday April 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Fletcher was born September 5, 1925 in Jefferson, South Carolina to William Carey Fletcher and Ola Kirkley Fletcher. He had resided in Rock Hill and Lancaster, South Carolina as well as St. Cloud, Florida before moving to Jacksonville. He was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Navy. He was a private pilot and spent many hours flying his own plane. He also enjoyed fishing as he always lived life to the fullest.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Fletcher; daughters, Priscilla Martin (Ron) and Susan Renee Siewers (Jon); sons, Carey Scott Fletcher (Leigh) and William C. Fletcher, Jr.; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and wonderful friends. In honoring his wishes private services will be held by his family. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials in his name to the Salvation Army. Corey-Kerlin Funeral Homes & Crematory; 940 Cesery Boulevard; Jacksonville, Florida 32211.
FRINK – Shirley L. Frink, 85, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Born in Pawling, NY, she moved here from Patterson, NY in 1991. She worked as a machinist for Lumilite Plastics in Pawling for more than 20 years and she retired as a crossing guard for Osceola County Sheriff’s Department.
She was an active member of Holy Redeemer Church where she taught Sunday School and volunteered in the gift shop. She was also a member of Al-Anon. She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing Rummy 500, and watching soap operas and game shows, especially Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph A. Frink; daughter, Joann McLernon; brother, John Duncan; and sister, Catherine Ann Duncan.
Survivors include her son, Ralph of Piseco, NY; two daughters, Jill Goude of St. Petersburg, FL and Teresa Mead of Pawling; four grandchildren: Lt. George Roth, USN, Heather Turner, Caty McLernon, and Lilly Mead; four great grandchildren and her dachshund, Jiggsy.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Church, 1603 No. Thacker Avenue, Kissimmee.