Lloyd F. Baker

November 19, 1923April 26, 2018

Lloyd F. Baker, 94, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born on November 19, 1923 in Granby, NY, the son of Ezra and Viola (Colville) Baker. He married Elizabeth Sawyer on January 12, 1944. She predeceased him on September 22, 2007.

Lloyd attended Cortland State from Sept 1942 until Jan 1943 when he left briefly to serve in the US Army during WWII. Receiving the rank of Captain in the US Army Air Corps, he piloted B-24 aircrafts and was honorably discharged in Nov of 1945. Returning to Cortland State, Lloyd received his Bachelors Degree in 1948 and served as Football Captain in 1946 and 1947. He went on to attend Syracuse University where he received his Masters in 1949.

Lloyd taught at Mohawk Central School also serving 8 years as football coach with a record 3 undefeated years. In 1964 he took the position of Vice Principal for Oneonta Senior High School and later became Principal in 1972 until 1979. While at Oneonta he served 9 years as football coach, recording 1 undefeated year. He also coached track and wrestling at Oneonta and received the distinct honor of having their football field named, The Lloyd F. Baker Field.

Actively involved in the community, Lloyd served as past president of the YMCA Board of Directors, as director of the SUCO Foundation, past vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, director of the Bugbee Foundation, past president of Kiwanis, was a member of the American Legion, on the board of directors of the SUNY Oneonta College Council, ACT, served on the board of directors for the Future of Oneonta Foundation, past president, general chairman and member of the board of directors for the United Way, past director of the Oneonta Country Club, on the City of Oneonta Parks and Recreation Committee, and involved with Catholic Charities.

Lloyd is survived by 2 children, Anne Aungier and Martha B. Forgiano (Joe); 5 grandchildren, Beth Aungier, Joan Davis (Joe), Kate Bingham (David), Kristin Quinn (Sam), and Rebecca Muller (Chad); 11 great grandchildren, Anne Bradley, Thomas Bradley, Joe McGough, Jack McGough, Andrew Bingham, Molly Bingham, Paigely Quinn, Decker Quinn, Riggs Quinn, Chloe Muller, and Grayson Muller.

He was predeceased by a son in law, Ron Aungier.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta. There will be no public calling hours.

Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the loving care Lloyd received from the nurses and staff during his stay at the Bassett Medical Center ICU.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to Catholic Charities of DOS, 176 Main Street Oneonta, New York 13820, the Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820, or Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1083, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Bob & Fran Clark

June 3, 2018

Uncle Lloyd you will always be remembered for your kind & loving ways. We so enjoyed our last visit with you. We will never forget the support & encouragement you gave us as we cared for Aunt Mary, Mother & Father Clark, & my Dad. I so enjoyed our phone calls to each other over the years. Ann & Martha sending you & your families our love & prayers. Heaven has gained a very special man. I know he will be among those to greet me when it's my turn to enter the pearly gates.

Robert H Holstead

May 9, 2018

I got to know LLoyd better these last few years - both at the golf course . Catholic Charities,daily mass and our lunches together. When my wife passed away last July, he was one of the first to reach out to me. Our lunches were comforting to me and I was forever grateful. He was a quality guy - I know everyone was lucky to be related to him or to just be his friend. I felt lucky.

Bob Holstead

Brian & Josie Wright

May 3, 2018

Dear Anne and Martha & families,

So many great memories of your dear Dad. OHS being, of course, our dearest -- football season and cheering for the team being my most favorite.
He and your Mom being such good friends with Brian's parents. But, most recently when we were back in Oneonta in the summer, seeing and talking to your Dad every Sunday morning at Sandys diner for Breakfast . Always so chipper and smiling. We surely will miss him lots. Sincerely, Brian & Josie. Wright.

Jeanne Smith

May 1, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.
Please extend my sympathies to the rest of your family.

Jeanne Smith

Anne McCanty (Pushkar)

May 1, 2018

Anne and Martha,

I was so saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. I have many fond memories of him as a child, in high school and throughout the years. He was always kind and a second father figure to me. I was also grateful for his attention to my mother as she battled dementia and later, cancer. She would always be lifted up by his visits and I appreciated it as I live 4 hours away in Pennsylvania. Please know that I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Anne (Pushkar) McCanty

Mary Beth Flint

April 30, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mr. Baker's passing. He always put a smile on my face. He was a kind and beautiful soul.

Charles LaBuz

April 29, 2018

Anne & Family:

Condolences to you and family on the passing of your father. As a former student and athlete at Oneonta Senior High School I had the pleasure of knowing your Dad as a teacher and coach in a variety of sports in particular football. Under his coaching leadership he not only shaped me as a young man in a positive manner but of many other young men as well! I appreciate all that he has done not only as a teacher, coach and administrator at OHS but of his many other private endeavors to make the community of Oneonta a better place to live.

Charlie LaBuz
Class of 1963

Dale Bellino

April 29, 2018

I was always very impressed with Lloyd's integrity and his consistent focus on doing what was best for the Oneonta Schools.
I'm sure he was very inspirational to everyone he worked with.
My condolences to his family.

Albert Colone

April 29, 2018

Mr. Baker was a good, productive and honorable man! What more can anyone say in testimonial? He always had a smile, a brisk hello and handshake whenever our paths crossed. Condolences to his loving family.
Albert Colone, OHS '62

Celeste Brown Thomas

April 29, 2018

Dear Baker family:
Very sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Baker. He was a tough but unfailingly fair principal at OHS while I was a student there, and fondly remembered by many as a coach and mentor.
He was always happy to greet alumni (most recently for me, earlier this month at a benefit piano concert at the First United Methodist Church). He was a true gentleman. RIP, Mr. Baker. Condolences to the entire family.