Robert John Bailey
March 30, 1930 – October 1, 2019
Beloved husband of Rosemary for 65 years. Loving father of Robert (Judy) Bailey, Donald Bailey, Joanne (James) Cote and Marianne (Charles) Wagner and Daniel (Linda) Bailey. Cherished grandfather of 11. Great grandfather of 14. Robert will also be missed by his nieces and nephews. He was a Disabled Veteran of the United States Navy. Robert enjoyed the outdoors including hunting, fishing, boating and reading. He also enjoyed stained glass and playing bridge.
Visitation Friday October 4, 2019 from 5-9 pm with an Elks service at 6 pm and a Vigil service at 7 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia. Funeral service Saturday October 5, 2019. In state at 11 am until the time of Mass at 11:30 am at St. Colette Catholic Church 17600 Newburgh Rd. in Livonia. Robert will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
A memorial luncheon will be held in his honor at approximately 2:30 pm at Claddagh Irish Pub 17800 Haggerty Rd. in Livonia.
- Angela Hospice
- Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
- Elks Service Friday, October 4, 2019
- Vigil Service Friday, October 4, 2019
- In state Saturday, October 5, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 5, 2019
Robert John Bailey
October 3, 2019
I’ve known “Pops”, for 41 years. I met him while courting his daughter Marianne. He was intimidating at first. With his gravely voice, and the handshake of a working man, I hoped I would be seeing more of him, because that meant I would see more of Marianne.
Pops was always friendly with me, and me with him. He was the type of guy, that was you could come to for advice, and no time, was the wrong time. If I needed something, he’s the one I would go to. He taught me a lot.
As time passed, I looked at him as my own father, and I would do anything for him.
I think back to all the years spending summers at the Bailey’s place in Holland. What great memories! Pops would give you the shirt off his back. Too many memories to put to paper, but all are stored neatly, and fondly in my memory, and all I need to do is open my mind’s eye, and smile every time.
Pop was the definition of “family man”. He loved all his children, unconditionally. And he was over the moon, for his wife, Rosemary. I can’t count the number of times, that he would tell me what a “good woman Rosie is.” And he loved her more than anything!
Robert John Bailey...Good man. Family man. A man’s man.
Pop has left this place for greener pastures. We will meet again, my friend...my Pop!
I love you. I’ll never forget you,
October 2, 2019
Roberta and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to our dear friend Bob Bailey and family on the passing of his father Robert John Bailey.
We are saddened by this loss of a family father and will keep his name and memory in our thoughts. Steven Heydt