Sgt. David Howard Bailey

March 14, 1968September 21, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts that the family of David Howard Bailey announce his sudden passing on September 21, 2020. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marie; daughters Lauren, Chelsie and Kelly; as well as his three, soon-to-be four, grandchildren.

Sgt. Bailey joined the Calgary police in 2004 after four years with the West Midland Police in the United Kingdom. A 16-year member of the CPS, Sgt. Bailey began as a constable in District 6 and was promoted to Detective in 2011. As Detective, he worked in the Robbery/Economic Crimes Team, the Technical Investigations Unit and the District Support Unit. Most recently he took on the role of Sergeant in the Safer Communities, Opportunities and Resource Centre (SORCe) where he strengthened police and community relationships with many of our vulnerable citizens.

Sgt. Bailey was the recipient of the 10-year Distinguished Service Award and the Rob Vanderweil Memorial Class Award.

Dave had the best smile and was always quick to share it with those around him. He cared deeply for the people he worked with, and the citizens he served. Dave was passionate about supporting the vulnerable members of our community and seemed to find his calling at SORCe, where he had a profound impact on partners and clients alike. He was an active member in Peer Support, lending a hand to any colleague who needed it.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at Southview Alliance Church.

In loving memory of David Bailey, donations can be made directly to Legacy Place Society, 25207 Bearspaw Place Calgary, AB T3R 1H5 or through or E-Transfer to A memorial fund in David’s name will support Calgary Police Service Peer Support Initiatives.


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Paul Bates

October 20, 2020

I just heard the news and my heart sank, the world was a better place with you in it brother. It's a pleasure to say I worked with you in the blue and again on our fun weekends at Spruce Meadows, but it's an honour to have known the man.

To the most genuine, kind, caring, friendly, helpful, smart, dedicated, professional person I know. Thank you.

Colin & Stacey Friesen

October 12, 2020

We unfortunately didn’t know Dave “the big guy” very long but he was a very kind, selfless name that always had your back. We enjoyed the laughs and chats we got while you were in swift current helping our neighbours get ready for their transition to BC. Your smile was the most amazing I have ever seen. The first time we met you we knew after just 1 sentence that you were the real deal, the man that would light up a room. Our heart goes out to all your family and friends! You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers! We were very happy to have met you and enjoy your company! Take care and we will enjoy a beverage one day again. ❤️❤️

Wendy Parker

October 11, 2020

Even though we worked together at Calgary Police, I just got to know Dave through basketball as his daughter, Lauren played with my daughter. Always had great conversations with him and Marie. He will sorely be missed.
My condolences to Marie, Lauren, and the rest of his family!

Tiffany Fassnidge

October 5, 2020

I remember first meeting Dave the gentle giant. His calming voice and heart warming smile were always filled with humour and positivity.
We used to play poker with Dave and Marie and David’s engaging warmth was always good to steal a pot or two. No one ever thought he was bluffing- except Marie always seemed to know. Boy did we laugh at those poker games.

Your presence at our family celebrations and backyard BBQs were always a joy. We were lucky to know you and are saddened at this great loss- you will be dearly remembered and greatly missed.

For Marie and Lauren our deepest condolences at this sudden loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts.

The Fassnidges

Andrew Hargrove

October 4, 2020

I saw a post for this man on social media (police group) and decided to look into him more. What I learned from reading all of these comments was that this man was clearly loved and respected by everyone that knew him. What a great man may he rest in peace.

All the best to his family (including his blue family) during this time.

Andrew Hargrove #2748
Winnipeg Police

Gord and Ginny Bryant

October 2, 2020

Dave, the way you lived your life and conducted yourself had such a positive impact on people far and wide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family as we mourn your passing. The “Thin Blue Line” has lost one of it’s best. Rest in peace Brother!

Carol Bailey Burns

October 2, 2020

I just wanted to share a message I found in one of the text messages Dave sent me.
It said “sis everything I do resolves around what mum would want me to do, it feels great to be helping others”
To honour and dedicate what he did and what he has achieved to our mother was Dave’s mission In his life, he has proven that and in some ways eased the pain she carries.
Thank you Dave your family will forever be grateful X

Tory Fassnidge

October 1, 2020

I met big Dave when he was finishing classes at our Police academy. I was his first coach in the job... But that’s really not accurate... Maybe Dave needed some help with the CPS way of doing paperwork - but he was honestly a coach for ME.

I was also his first partner - and police partners are family, so any family gatherings we had that Dave couldn’t attend meant I had to answer for his absence (My mother loves Dave!) Everyone enjoyed his positive attitude and spirit.

I mean that in every way. He was a true leader. What an incredibly strong man - so courageous to forge a new life in a new country, and a brilliance that brought him great successes in life.

I’ve always believed that relationships are key, but Dave was an artist at relationships. I learned so much from Dave.

I’m glad we were friends.

Carol Bailey Burns

October 1, 2020

I waited for Dave to go on his journey before I posted my tribute.
No words will ever be enough to say how much I miss my dear brother. He was always at the end of the phone and when we were on Facetime or watsap, we had endless conversations putting the world to rights. Our conversations were always positive and uplifting. We would email each other with articles of interest.
Dave has left a massive gap in my life but I know he will expect me to fill it with positivity. So as he takes a new journey I now have to do the same. We always ended our conversations with "love you"
I love you Dave always, see you in my dreams xx

Kelly Bailey

October 1, 2020

I’ve been scrolling back through WhatsApp conversations with my Dad trying to get my head around the fact he’s gone. Recent highlights include Dad crying at work after seeing pictures of his newest grandbaby; him trying to convince his daughters that he was a trailblazer that invented the ‘brokini’ (don’t google it) and him reminding me over and over again to look after my health and take care of his grandbump.

This sums up my dad, obsessed with family (especially his grandchildren) and always trying to make us smile.

He was the strongest person I knew and although grieving from the other side of the world is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, I know that he passed living his dream.

We love you so much Dad and we promise to make GPA an actual thing now.

Rest in peace.


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