BAILEY, Harold F. (Hal)
(Lt Cmdr RCN Ret’d)
On Sunday, June 12, 2016 Hal passed away at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox after complications of a heart attack he suffered a few days before. He was born in Truro, N.S. 92 years ago to Fred and Etta Bailey the eldest and last surviving member of a family of six children.
He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 67 years Alice (nee McGivney).
He is also survived by his children Brian (Jeannie) Halifax, NS; Philip (Joy), Kingston, Ont.; Anne Bailey, Langley, BC; Barbara (Dave) Mellin, Comox, BC; Alan (Brenda) Ashdale, NS. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Noreen Bailey.
He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Paul, Graeme, Mark, Paige, Sarah, James, Fraser and Campbell, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ace (his nickname given by his chums in the navy years ago) grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia and joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18. He served in the Second World War, and Korea in military battle. His naval career took him from the rank of Seaman to Lieutenant Commander.
One of many achievements of which he took great pride was as Chief Security Officer for one of the Queen and Prince Phillip’s visits to Canada.
After his sea service, Hal and Alice spent 40 years on the Meander River Farm in Ashdale, Nova Scotia that was their pride and joy. He loved hunting, fishing, sharing stories and jokes, working hard on the farm, eating from his many gardens, sharing the bounty with family and friends.
They finally felt the maritime winters and the large farm were too much and they relocated to the Comox Valley 12 years ago. Hal enjoyed the “11 months of summer” and enjoyed not using a snow shovel. He and Alice made a new and wide circle of friends. Hal joined the Comox Korean Vets, continued his hunting and gardening until he went into hospital four days before he passed away.
He passed away quietly with dignity and grace. He would have been miserable not being able to tend his garden and do for himself being so very fiercely independent. He was also able to know that his beloved Pittsburg Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup just before he died.
He lived a long and rich life. We are sorry to see him go, but we were blessed to have him here.
The family would very much like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff in Emergency, ICU and Dr Doug Anderson for guiding Hal along for the past twelve years as a wonderful family physician. Special thanks to Father Joe Killoran, Chaplain Brian Ducedre, and Stephanie Jones.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church on Tunner Drive, Courtenay on June 25th, 2016 at 11:00 AM. A family reception will follow at 1132 Denny Rd, Comox.