Obituary for George R. Bailey
Dateline – Saratoga Springs, NY
Rev. George R. Bailey, 99, of Saratoga Springs passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center with his loving family by his side. He was born on November 20, 1917 in Rutland, VT to the late Roy F. Bailey and the late Jessie E. (Clark) Bailey.
George was a lifelong scholar first graduating from Rutland High School in 1937 where he was active in the Drum and Bugle Band and also ran track. In 1941, he graduated from Syracuse University where he continued his love of running by joining both the track and cross country teams. George was also president of his fraternity senior year and vice chairman of the Hendricks Chapel student organization. George continued his academic career graduating from Yale Divinity School-Master of Divinity in 1945. In April of 1943 he was ordained Deacon at the Troy Annual Conference United Methodist Church and in June of 1945 he became an Elder.
On April 21, 1943 George married his sweetheart Mavis McCarthy. Together they travelled serving United Methodist Churches in North Canton and Bakersfield CT, Ellenburgh Circuit in northern NY, White Plains, NY, Mamaroneck, NY and locally in Burnt Hills and Schenectady at the Schenectady First United Methodist Church.
In 1982 George retired from the New York United Methodist Conference yet continued as a retired visitation minister in Burnt Hills and Schenectady First Church.
George enjoyed serving the community in other ways as well. He was an active member of the Lion’s Club and became a charter member of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Rotary Club. He was also chaplain for the Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2001, George moved to Woodland Commons Independent Living in Saratoga. Although ‘retired’, he didn’t slow down. Ministers like George really never stop caring for the flock; they have been called to always minister to those around them. He continued his love of service and absolute joy for gardening by caring for the Wicke Memorial Garden and community gardens for several years. He volunteered at the Country Store and continued his ministry by leading weekly services until his eyesight failed.
George loved working with his hands. Not only did he love to get dirt under his nails while gardening, he also had a passion for woodworking and craftmanship.
His greatest love, however, was the time he was able to spend with his beloved family, especially his granddaughters and great - granddaughter.
In 2013 George Bailey celebrated a rich 75 years in the ministry.
George was the beloved husband of the late Mavis (McCarthy) Bailey, devoted father of Christine (David Mitchell) Yesse of Troy, NY and Brenda J. Lewis of Kingsport, TN; doting grandfather of Sharon E. Palmisano of San Fransisco, CA and Liesel A. (Daniel) Welsch of Niskayuna, NY; caring great-grandfather of Keira M Welsch and loving brother of the late Murial Blauvelt and Marjorie Strout.
All are welcome to attend his Funeral on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the First Methodist Church of Schenectady, 603 State Street, Schenectady, NY. The Rev Sara Baron will preside. A Reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at church.
Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Sunshine Fund at Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 or the church of your choice.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, and they encourage you to view and leave messages on George’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com