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Larry Bailey

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Larry James was welcomed into the world on July 31, 1948 in Sarnia, to proud parents Mason and Hazel (Stewart) Bailey. Larry was the eldest of eight, with Ken (who passed away in infancy), Valerie, Mavis, Dan, Clifford, Bonnie, and Thomas following to make the family complete. When Larry was seven, the Bailey family moved from Sarnia to Blyth to a mixed farm that eventually was switched to a dairy farm. Every Sunday in the winter, Hazel would bring out a puzzle and place it on the kitchen table for the family. The entire Bailey family would sit around the table and work on the puzzle together. This was a tradition that carried on for many years, and the love of puzzles was passed down through generations. Larry attended S.S#10 East Wawanosh until grade eight, and he never attended high school.

After grade eight, Larry stayed home on the farm, working with his family, helping to milk the cows and on the land. Larry and his siblings had the tedious task of picking stones, and many of the other chores that came with the farm life. While on the farm, he taught himself many skills, from carpentry to electrical work, and plumbing. The Bailey family moved off the farm to a house down the road, and after a year moved to a house in Blyth. Being in his late twenties and living at home was not the most ideal situation for Larry, so he got his own house in Blyth. He began driving the propane truck for Sparling’s Propane in 1974, where he worked for three years.

On March 27, 1974, Larry’s son Jeff was born, and they moved to a house in Mitchell, where he started driving a truck for Louis McNichol. In 1982 on April 25, the family was made complete with the arrival of Christina. They then moved to Kincardine and Larry started his own company, Blue Boy Maintenance. He was a self-made millwright and ran this company for roughly four years. When the company dissolved, the work never stopped for Larry. Old clients would call him and need a repair job completed, and he would happily respond to the call. In the early 1990’s, Larry moved to a farm outside of Tiverton and began garlic farming. He had acres and acres of garlic and also had rabbits and chickens. In 2002, a tornado went through his farm, so for two years, he lived off the grid with windmills and a generator. In 2006, he moved into Paisley and started working for Beefway in Kincardine in the maintenance department and driving the truck.

Although working hard to provide for his family, he always made time for his children. Jeff recalls going on salt runs and the hardtop trailer that Larry purchased. He would take it to Acton, and he would be hauling gravel while there as well. Christina remembers many trips to Larry’s mom’s house, trips to the Goderich beach, and many memories on the farm. Who could forget an important part of the family, their Husky/German Shepherd family dog Sam? They spent most of their time outdoors, but when they were inside, they only had channel 5 on the TV, so they would often watch the Red Green Show and Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Larry was a proud and active member of the Paisley Legion. He became a member in 2010 and served as the president for three terms from June of 2016 until May of 2022. As president, he travelled to many other Legions. Larry was at the coffee club at the Legion every Monday and assisted with numerous Remembrance Day services and parades.  He also enjoyed attending the dances at the Legion. Larry loved dancing. He was a member of the Ontario Square & Round Dance Federation and loved square dancing. Larry enjoyed playing crokinole, reading Reader’s Digest, doing crossword puzzles, and wearing plaid. He was always working and tinkering on something. Larry had a shed full of threshing machines (all Massey Ferguson of course!) and many many tools! He loved listening to old country music, with Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Cash, and Stompin’ Tom being some of his favourites. Larry loved cracking open a cold Labatt’s Blue and sitting down to eat beef, potatoes with gravy and corn. He was not a fan of chicken or eggs, and his family thinks it is because he ate too much of it when he was a child on the farm!

Larry was a simple man and was hardworking, helpful, charitable, and determined. Although he was quiet, Larry had a dry sense of humour. He enjoyed telling jokes, and it typically took people a minute to catch on to his jokes. When in the hospital, a family member asked Larry what was one of the coolest things he had ever done. His response was “It was when I drove a tractor from Blyth to the farm in Tiverton. It took five hours and it was the middle of January, so it was very cool.” It wasn’t hard to miss Larry when he drove by you in his tractor, as he had a very distinct wave, sticking his arm and hand straight in the air! Larry taught his family the value of hard work, to be humble and happy with whatever you have, and to keep going forward because it is the only direction you can go. Larry cherished his moments with his family and loved any occasion when everyone was together. He had big hands and a big heart.

Larry James Bailey of Paisley, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton, on Monday, November 27, 2023, in his 76th year.

Loving father of Jeff (Shelly) of PEI, formerly of Mitchell, and Christina Bailey of Stratford. Cherished grandfather of Austin, Travis, Tamara, and Talon. Dear brother of Valerie Leibold, Dan (Sandy) Bailey, Bonnie Linton, Thomas (Gail) Bailey, and brother-in-law of Bob Morrison. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Clifford Bailey, Mavis Morrison, and Ken Bailey (in infancy), his brothers-in-law Ken Leibold and Brad Linton, as well as his niece Charlotte Leibold, and his parents Mason and Hazel (Stewart) Bailey.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 11 – 12:45 p.m. with a Royal Canadian Legion service to begin immediately following. A funeral service honouring Larry’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Reception to follow at the Paisley Legion. Spring interment at Blyth Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295 (Paisley) or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Helen Bailey (cousin)
December 6, 2023

So sorry to hear if Larry’s passing. We were the two oldest Bailey cousins and I recall the fun times we had together when Grandma would bring us up to Uncle Mason’s farm up Blythe. Last time I saw him was at the Bailey Family Reunion in Thedford in 2013. Rest in peace Cousin. Our paths will cross again one day.

Dave & Barb Cormack
December 5, 2023

Going to miss you my friend ! Rest in Peace!

Lana Baldwin
December 4, 2023

Sincere Condolences to Larry’s Family. He was a quiet kind man.

Vicki Johnston
December 4, 2023

Rest In Peace cousin Larry. Sending my sincere condolences to all.

Dot Smibert
December 3, 2023

Larry was a good friend he would help everybody, he will certainly be missed

John and Helen Leader
December 3, 2023

Helen and I will miss Larry greatly. He was a dear friend to the both of us.

Ron n Diane Gottschalk
December 3, 2023

Our Condolences to Larry’s Family, He was a true Legionnaire , always willing to help He will be missed. Rest in Peace My Friend

Cindy Bailey
December 2, 2023

My sincere condolences to all of my Bailey family on the passing of a kind and caring man…my cousin, Larry. I have so many good memories of visiting the farm in the summers. May you be comforted, knowing that he is reunited with your mother and father and the siblings who passed before him.
Rest in peace, Larry.

Katie and Jeremy Kranenburg
December 2, 2023

Larry was a nice man and a helpful men too

Larry & Betty McLeod
December 2, 2023

Larry was a great man, enjoying dances etc. Rest in Peace “Larry”

Les and Janet Ribey
December 2, 2023

The Bailey Family, Our Deepest Condolences of the passing of Larry. Larry was soft spoken man with dry humor, we shared many laughs. We see each other at Marty’s Restaurant in town and always had good chat together. He will be missed by all he touched. Rip my friend Larry

Brenda & John Funston
December 2, 2023

So, sorry we cannot make Larry’s service. Other commitments!

Wayne MacKinnon
December 1, 2023

My condolences to his friends and all of the Bailey family.
I was shocked & saddened to hear of Larry’s passing.
He was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by all who knew him.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Bob and Mary-Helen Campbell
December 1, 2023

Have known Larry for many years.You could never meet a better guy.He will be greatly missed.Our condolences to the family.

Bill Walker
December 1, 2023

Dear Jeff, Christina and family,
May it help to know others are thinking of you at this difficult time.
I always enjoyed my interactions with your Dad while I was MPP, and admired his contributions especially to the Legion and our Veterans.
May fond memories provide you comfort.
With Condolence,
Bill Walker

Judi Judith
December 1, 2023

Larry was a soft spoken kind hearted man who would help anyone who asked. He will always be known as Paisley’s “GO TO GUY”. He will be dearly missed for the immense and unsung contribution he made to the village. His presence will be dearly missed.

Jayne Creighton/Mark Addison
December 1, 2023

Larry was one of the first people we met after our move to paisley … a very gentle and kind man ..will miss his friendly smile and the laughs we had at the legion our friend

Barry & Dianne Ribey
November 30, 2023

Sorry to hear. We will miss our conversations and friendly greetings.
Our sincere condolences to his family

Brian and Marg Smith
November 30, 2023

Our sincere condolences to Larry’s family. He was a great legionnaire, Branch President and valuable volunteer always willing to help. He will be missed.

Shannon Rhody
November 30, 2023

My sincere sympathy to Larry’s family, Legion family and friends. So very sorry to hear of his passing. Larry always had time for a friendly hello and a chat. May he rest in peace.

Dwayne and Christie Patterson
November 30, 2023

Our condolences to your family on Larry’s passing. He will be missed by our community.

November 30, 2023

so glad i got to share a song with you- rest peacefully

Kathy Dowe
November 30, 2023

Rest in eternal peace Larry, you will be missed.

Dave Woelfle
November 30, 2023

I’ve known Larry for many years. He was a kind and caring man and will certainly be missed

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