Member of family that owns Stewart’s Shops drowns in Friends Lake

Stewart’s gas station at Freemans Bridge and Maple Ave in Glenville on March 4.
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Stewart’s gas station at Freemans Bridge and Maple Ave in Glenville on March 4.

CHESTERTOWN — A member of the family that founded Stewart’s Shops and a longtime member of its board of directors drowned Sunday in Friends Lake.

Perrin W. Dake, 62, had been swimming off his boat at the time.

A caller told the Warren County Sheriff’s Office a swimmer on the east side of the lake had been in distress and slipped beneath the surface around 2 p.m. Sunday.

Divers from the Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police, assisted by multiple fire departments, searched unsuccessfully for Dake until around 8:30 p.m., when darkness impaired visibility. They resumed their search Monday, and recovered his body around 9:15 a.m.

Dake was a member of the board of directors of the Malta-based ice cream and convenience store company for more than 30 years. He resided in Boulder, Colorado, but spent summers on Friends Lake. He and his wife, Estelle, had four children and two grandchildren.

His uncle, Board Chairman William Dake, issued a statement later Monday from the family and the company:

“We are very saddened by my nephew Perrin’s passing. The two most important things in Perrin’s life were his family and his passion for boating. He loved Stewart’s Shops and we thank him for his unwavering commitment to the board for over three decades.”

An autopsy was planned at Glens Falls Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be coordinated by the Burke Funeral Home.

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