Tim Baxter - Director of Operations

Tim comes to Oakwood Cemetery by way of the broadcast world.  For 27 years Tim had been in involved with local television, first at WKBW-TV as a News Photographer/Reporter, and later the station's Commercial Production Manager.  Mr. Baxter moved WIVB-TV where he was a Photographer/Editor and Producer/Director in the station's Creative Services Department.  He then managed WIVB.com the station's presence on the world wide web. 

"I am really relishing this opportunity", Baxter said.  "Oakwood Cemetery is like a hidden treasure whose story has not been told.  It is my goal to make the Cemetery a popular site not only for local residents, but a destination for tourists and history buffs."

In his spare time Tim was Drum Major of the popular Niagara Falls Bagpipe Band The MacKenzie Highlanders.

Baxter lives in Niagara Falls with his wife Amy. they have two sons Michael and Jon, Daught in law Ashley, a golden retriever named Hamish, and a Golden Doodle name Bud.

Christine Bacon - Heritage Curator

Christine Bacon

Christine Bacon, a graduate student at Niagara University, has been awarded an honorable mention designation by the nation’s top professional museum association, the American Alliance of Museums.

Bacon’s paper, A Thousand Invisible Cords, was part of the AAM’s Education Future Fiction Challenge and included in an application for the Ford W. Bell Fellowship with the AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums.

A resident of Williamsville, Bacon is studying toward a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at NU. She is focusing on the disciplines of history, museum studies, education, writing, tourism, economic development, architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning, among others.

Bacon was “shocked and excited” to be selected for the AAM award, “because of the prestige of the sponsoring organization and the national scope of the fiction challenge.”

A Thousand Invisible Cords is a fictional short story set in Western New York in the year 2040. It envisions a lifelong public education program grounded in constructivist and experiential learning theories, rather than the behaviorist models that dominated K-12 public schools in previous decades.

“The interdisciplinary nature of the contest appealed to me,” Bacon said. “I was able to combine elements I learned in my history and museum studies classes at Niagara University with a love of creative writing to envision a future where museums play an integral role in K-12 education.”

Bacon credited her Niagara University professors, Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, director of the MAIS program and associate professor of history, Dr. Shannon Risk, associate professor of history and director of the public history minor, and Marian Granfield, director of the art history with museum studies program, for guiding her studies.

Larry Steele - Oakwood Cemetery Administrator Emeritus

Larry has retired 3 times. Larry's family owned Steele Electric an industrial electrical supply company.  Along with his mother, Larry ran the business until he sold it to Wehle Electric of Buffalo.  Despite the competition with Wehle, Mr. Steele was asked to join them as an advisor, and ended up staying another 10 years.

Larry comes to the cemetery through his love of local history.  Larry is a Board Member of The Friends of the Local History Department at the Niagara Falls Public Library.  Larry also manages the gift shop in the Library.  Knowing of Larry's vast business knowledge, the Oakwood Cemetery Board of Directors created the position of Administrator and asked Mr. Steele to accept.  Larry once again said yes and immediately set up a budget and goals for the cemetery. Thanks to Larry's diligence and attention to details, he has turned the finances of the cemetery around.  

Larry lives in Western New York with his wife, Carol and his beloved Golden Retriever Abigail.  Larry has 2 daughters and a son, and is Grandfather of seven.

Larry passed away in July of 2016 and is sadly missed.  A street clock, and a memorial bench were dedicated in his name.  Also, our office was re-named, the "Laurence G. Steele Visitor's Center".