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Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

429 2nd Street South, Kenora, ON

OBITUARY

Mark John Bailey

January 27, 1960July 19, 2020

“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all.” – R. Queen

How does one effectively capture the enormity of spirit and personality in a few paragraphs, especially for a man like Mark?

Mark came into my life when I was nineteen years old. Little did I know at that time what an amazing life we would build together over thirty-eight years.

Mark was the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He was driven by filling each and every day with projects and chores. He was happiest when he was busy, and he was restless when he wasn’t. There were never any jobs that were too big or daunting in Mark’s eyes. The bigger the challenge, the more motivated he was. He would say to me, “come on Nursey, let’s getter done.” His unwavering energy and motivation were matched by his skill set. That man could build anything and fix anything. He was never afraid to try to perfect a new skill. He would not be told that he “couldn’t,” or that something was “impossible,” and in saying so, provided increased motivation for Mark to succeed. He would accomplish the work of two men each and every day. That provides some solace for our family that even though he passed at the chronological age of sixty, his accomplishments mirrored that of someone twice that age. His life was full and happy as long as he was busy.

Mark was so incredibly generous and selfless. He gave of himself wholeheartedly to me and our children, but also to our extended family and friends. If you asked a favour of Mark, you could guarantee that he would help, and get the job done quickly. His physical strength was balanced by a soft and generous nature.

Mark was a social man. He loved people. As soon as you met him, he was an instant friend for life. He knew so many people, met so many people, and could strike up a conversation with anyone. There was no generational gap with Mark; he was as comfortable and at ease in conversation with children as he was with older adults. He was a natural mentor and father figure to many.

I am truly aware of how blessed my life has been with Mark. I could never have asked for a more supportive and loving partner. There was not a day in my life that I ever questioned his love for me. During these difficult days ahead, I’m sure I will hear his voice telling me, “Don’t worry Nursey, it will all work out”. When I falter, I will draw strength from him.

And for his parenting skills? His love for his children was fierce. He was always energetic and fun, the “spark plug” of our family. He was the epitome of a father - he was present, knowledgeable, and patient. He was involved with his kids daily and he nurtured their love and respect for nature. From the early years of rides on the snow machine sleigh or on the trailer behind the quad, to fishing trips and frog and turtle spotting, and then in the later years, coaching them in hockey, moving them to and from university, and most recently, helping them in renovating their homes. We had a family group chat daily, which was so wonderful to stay connected. Our bond was so strong. I look forward to seeing small glimpses of Mark through the personality traits of our kids. He was so incredibly proud of each and every one of them. He always greeted them with a big bear hug. Mitch, Leah, and Lindy will miss him dearly, and they aspire to bring Mark with them throughout their everyday lives through their selfless actions. They are so proud and fortunate to call him their father. He has left a lifetime of beautiful memories for us to cherish and these will help us heal.

I would be remiss not to mention Mark’s love for his dogs. Laker was his best buddy. You would rarely see Mark in his truck without his big, furry, golden friend in the seat next to him.

Mark leaves to mourn his mother Marlene Leroux and step father Frank Leroux, his siblings Kim, Karen, Shayne, Shawn, and their families. Also saddened by this loss are his in-laws, Myron and Louise Bowen, and Sheryl’s siblings, Shelley, Lori, Curt, and their families. Mark will be reunited in Heaven with his father, John Bailey.

I speak for our whole family in thanking the community for the outpouring of love and support. From cards, texts, food, flowers, and thoughtful acts of kindness, we are truly overwhelmed. It is a true testament to Mark’s character, and how incredibly loved he is. This too, provides us with comfort.

Acknowledging the restrictions that Covid has imposed, and the difficulty of boat access for some, we felt strongly in our hearts that the best way to honour Mark was to celebrate his life in the place he loved most. We will have a “come & go” on August 15th, 2020 from 1-5pm at the Bailey Camp. We encourage Mark’s friends and loved ones to come honour his life with shared stories, memories, drinks. There will be limited parking, so please feel free to boat pool. For those that are unable to attend, please set aside a moment to toast Mark’s incredible life.

Going forward, flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation in memory of Mark would be greatly appreciated.

Services

No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Memories

Mark John Bailey

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Patrick Dale

August 11, 2020

Dear Mark’s family,

As you can tell by all of the memories that many other friends of Mark have shared, he was a most admired and loved man.

I was very fortunate to also know Mark while I worked at Safeway in Kenora.

He was always a great, positive and true gentleman with a great sense of humor.

It is very sad and terrible thing that he is no longer here with all of us, but he will never be more than a thought away.

I think that he would want all of us to carry on like he always had done, happy, friendly and a genuine concern for everyone.

Till we meet again,

Patrick Dale

Guy & Monique Lambert

August 9, 2020

Dear Sheryl, Mitch, Leah & Lindy

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and send our heartfelt condolences.
Sheryl, what a beautiful and special tribute to Mark! It paints a true picture of the wonderful, caring, and giving man your dear husband was.
We have many happy memories of Mark at the Bailey Camp and we will always cherish those fun times... Mark would take us fishing and of course there would be a competition to see who would catch the most pickerel. Needless to say, Mark always won! We can still picture him outside, filleting the pickerel and taking great pleasure in preparing the fish fry for us and boy did he know how to do that well!
We will always remember Mark’s love and admiration for his wife & family, his love for life, his friendly demeanour, his generosity, his true friendship. What a blessing to have had Mark as a friend! Mark holds a very special place in our hearts and we will truly miss him.
May all your wonderful memories of Mark help ease your pain and comfort you through difficult times.

Love, hugs and prayers,
Guy & Monique

Shirley Stobbe

August 8, 2020

Sheryl and family, Marlene and family,

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult days in the loss of one so dear to you! He truly was a special kind of guy who always kept people as most important!

May your faith and hope carry you through the days ahead! May your good memories of how he lived his life forever be a remembrance for you and for those around him!

Much love,

Shirley and Cliff Stobbe

Mark Anderson

August 2, 2020

I have been flooded with so many memories of Bails…his lust for life, his warmth, his incredible stamina, his infectious laughter, his generosity…you always knew that Bails had your back…Thinking about when we were kids…winter 1973…we were snowmobiling off the Jones Road…got stuck in slush…Bails froze his feet more or less solid…missed about a week of school…when he came back he was wearing Adidas with no laces, feet all red and swelled up…we asked him about it and he just laughed…or 1980…the two of us took off from Calgary to California in his Chevy pickup… made it to San Clemente…along the way a guy named Maurice Kosloff (Google him) in Los Angeles said he was going to put us in a “little pool room picture” but only if we signed up for advanced acting classes…again, Bails just laughed…then by spring we were working in the mountains in southern BC for a mining company…living in wall tent on the side of a mountain , grizzlies prowling, till we wrecked the company’s Suzuki 4x4 trying to outrace Andy Multimaki…Bails would build the most enormous camp fires I have ever seen...Mark was the best kind of human being, quick to laugh, necessary to admire, easy to love as a friend…

Nick and Helen Kubisewsky

July 30, 2020

To the Bailey and Bowen Families:
We are saddened to hear about Mark's passing. He was a kind and generous man with an ever present smile on his face. He greeted you with a big hello, wave or a lengthy conversation. He will be truly missed.
Nick and Helen Kubisewsky

Karen Hils

July 29, 2020

I remember Mark from the chip truck. My family use to own it and he worked for us for a few summers. He was a great guy, always friendly. He was a hard worker even back then.
I remember he was realy good looking and the high school girls would always try to get me to introduce them him to them. He was more interested in working than the girls at that point. My parents loved that about him i think. He was focused lol. My families memories of him are fond memories. Im so glad he grew up to be such a great man. I know he will be missed by many many people.

Paul and Karen Lewis

July 29, 2020

Dear Sheryl, Mitch, Leah and Lindy
Our deepest condolences to your family. Mark was a special man and what a wonderful tribute. He was the first butcher we met when we moved to Kenora in 1996 when processed Paul’s 1st Kenora deer. I remember his smile, that grin was so friendly. Then through the years, school sports, hockey and curling we became social family acquaintances and friends. Such a proud and happy man and such a loving father and spouse. We cannot imagine the void in your lives losing him at such a young age, but we wish you all to draw on happy memories of Mark, Dad to support you now and in the days ahead.
Loving thoughts from the Lewis Family.

Anita Derouard

July 29, 2020

Dearest Sheryl and family, The Bowen’s and The Baileys
How very heavy your hearts must be dealing with such a terrible loss. I hope you all find the strength together to get through this tragedy. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Sincerely
Anita Derouard and Family🙏😔💔

Karen Crozier

July 29, 2020

Dear Sheryl and families
Thank you for your beautiful tribute for Mark. Our hearts are broken to know that Mark has left this world far too soon! I had the pleasure of working with Mark at Safeway back when we were closed on Sundays and spent weekends cruising the Lake with the Safeway gang! He just loved life! I witnessed the beginning of the beautiful love story between Mark and Sheryl. That love story continues in the lives of your children, Sheryl! May you all find comfort in the days ahead with your fond memories of Mark!
Sincerely, Dan and Karen Crozier (Uhrynuk)

Don Pernsky

July 29, 2020

Dear Sheryl and family
Our sympathies to all. I remember Mark as a tenacious hockey player. He loved to play the game! Mark always had a smile on his face while on the ice. It has been a honour to know him and he will be remembered fondly.
Hugs to all
Don and Barb Pernsky

FROM THE FAMILY

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