Friday, January 1, 2016

Chester L. Baker (Don)

Belvidere, NY - Chester L. Baker (Don), age 87, of Belmont passed away on Wednesday December 30, 2015 after an extended illness at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. He was born on March 6, 1928, He was the son of Henry and Molly Mae Robbins Baker.

Chester was a lifelong resident of Belmont (Belvidere) and had wintered in Avon Park, Florida for the last 23 years. He attended the Belvidere grade school and was a 1947 graduate of the Belmont Central High School. Along with running his small dairy farm, he was employed for 10 years at the Borden dairy plant in Belmont and worked 30 plus years at the Friendship Dairies, retiring in 1990. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Chester enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting camping and other activities that included spending time with his much loved family and friends.

He is survived by his lifelong sole mate Dawn Williams, three sons, Brian D. (Barbara) Baker, Donald R. (Beth) Baker and David L. (Ellen) Baker; two daughters, Diana J. Craig and Judy A. (Michael) Ward; three stepsons, Richard B. (Alice) Powell, Stanley S. (Kimberly) Green, Nicholas Williams and one step son in law, Alan Brewer; Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, 6 great great; two sisters, Georgia Lincoln and Donna Abbott as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Chester was predeceased by a daughter Joyce D. Brewer, a son in law 
James L. Craig; three brothers, Victor Whitney Sr., Kenneth L. Whitney and Leonard Baker.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The Funeral will be held on Monday at 11 am in the Funeral Home with Pastor David Ford presiding. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Hart Comfort House at 141 East State Street in Wellsville, New York.
Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit


  1. Doug Cummins& Sandy MarkertJanuary 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    I am sorry for your loss and he will be missed. I will always have my memories of years we worked together and the fun time we spent joking together. My prayers go out to the family.

  2. Dear Jude: So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family thru this difficult time. Love ya, Marc

  3. Don and Brian, and family though I do not know the others. I read of Chester's passing in the paper today and wanted to express my sympathies. I became acquainted with your dad when Houghton Academy worked with him to secure the land for our elementary campus, now the Crossroads Center. I enjoyed our interactions and it was clear to me how much he cared for his family. As we discussed land each of us owned and we could best configure it all he was committed to having all the woodlands he could obtain so his children and grandchildren would be able to enjoy hunting and fishing. I was more interested in road-front open areas so it was not difficult to work out a swap that benefited each of our purposes. He supported our goals and was gracious throughout. I am sorry for your loss and will uphold you folks in my prayers. God bless.