James D Bailey
James David Bailey passed away peacefully at his home on June 10, 2019 at the age of 98. Jim was born in his parent’s home in Albion, New York on November 27, 1920. He is predeceased by his parents Lewis A Bailey and Bernice Kilner, his half-brother Robert Root and his wife of 68 years Helen McGuire. He is survived by his four children Paul, Mark, and Tim Bailey and Kathy Heath and seven grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
As a child Jim was active in Boy Scouting and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Syracuse University where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. With the outbreak of World War Two he left college to join the US Navy where he served as a signalman attaining the rank of Signalman First Class. In 1945 Jim married is childhood friend and sweetheart Helen McGuire. After the war he and his wife settled in Miami, Florida. Jim became a salesman starting out at Eastern Airlines, then National Distillers and finally Equitable Life where he became a District Manager. During this time he was active in the Miami chapter of the Life Underwriters Association where he served as its President . He also achieved distinction as a Charter Life Underwriter and as a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. During this time he was also active in the Miami Kiwanis Club where he also served a term as its President.
In 1962 Jim was hired by Lincoln National Life as its General Agent in Orlando , so he and his family moved to Maitland. In 1973, with the children grown and on their own, Jim and Helen moved to Wekiwa Springs. There, they were active members of Annunciation Parish and Rolling Hills Golf Course. As a golfer Jim achieved two distinctions few golfers attain. He shot his age with a score of 83 at age 83. More significantly, he succeeded in getting 6 hole in one’s during his time as a golfer.
Jim stayed active his whole life. When a bad knee took him off the golf course, Jim took up woodworking. He was still working in his “shop” the week before he passed away. Many of his neighbors and friends marveled at and benefited from his woodworking skills. Jim will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 AM on Monday June 17 at the Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. A visitation will be held in the Church beginning at 9:30 AM that day.