Bruce Nelson Bailey

June 5, 1950March 3, 2018

Bruce Nelson Bailey, 67 of Amherst, husband of Debbie Bailey, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at his home.

Born on June 5, 1950 at Ft. Lewis, Washington, he was the son of Sue Ellen Bailey and the late Bernard O.A. Bailey.

Bruce was a retired auto mechanic who made his passion his livelihood. He enjoyed all forms of racing and built award winning cars. He appreciated and restored classic vehicles as well. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughters, Tonna Bailey (Sean) and Tisha Burke (Barry); two step-children, Dana Cook (Marc) and Michael Cook (Kaidee); four brothers and sisters, Mark Bailey (Janet), Brenda Mills (Charlie), Cinda Rambow, and Brian Bailey (Regina); eleven grandchildren, Bailey Burke, Qwynn Daly, Bella Daly, Carissa Sandoval, Jorge Sandoval, Dylan Sandoval, Rex Cook, Jude Cook, Finn Cook, Stellan Cook, and Baby Cook.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10th from 4-7 at McMahon’s Irish Pub, 380 Broadview Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centra Hospice, 2097 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502 or

Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Park Avenue Chapel, is serving the family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bruce Nelson Bailey

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Tom & Kathy Kilmartin

March 6, 2018

Debbie, I was so sad to hear of the passing of your beloved husband. Kathy and I only met him a couple of times, but we could see that he made you very happy. As you know, our friendship goes back many many years, and your happiness has always meant so very much to me. Kathy and I send our sincerest condolences, and wish that we could be at the service for a final toast to Bruce. Love, Tom & Kathy Kilmartin

Nancy Willingham Willingham

March 6, 2018

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.