OBITUARY

Robert Arthur Bailey

August 13, 1921February 9, 2014
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On February 9, 2014 Robert Arthur Bailey passed away. Robert was born and raised in Scranton, Pa, and graduated from the University of Scranton. He was a WWII veteran who served in Africa and Italy; he loved his country and spent decades in the Army reserves. Robert was a man of great faith, and served many years at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Rockville, MD and continued his ministry at the Oak Crest Catholic Community. He was the beloved husband of the late Kathryn Mary Bailey (nee McCarthy); devoted father of Mary Kay Oberle and her husband William, Colleen McHugh and her husband Terrance and Maureen Butkus and her husband Carl; loving grandfather of Michael, Stephen, Christopher, Robert, Kelly, Maureen, Matthew, Stephen and Michael, as well as 11 great grandchildren. He was also Uncle Bobby to many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may gather at Oak Crest Village Chapel (Parkville, MD) on Friday from 10-11am at which time a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am. Interment Saturday at 10am at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Silver Spring, MD). Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2014
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Robert Arthur Bailey

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Salvador de Perignat

June 3, 2014

Dearest Mary Kay, Colleen and Maureen, I just came upon your dad's passing while perusing facebook. I have fond memories of him, a real gentle person, who always had something nice to say to me when I visited. He was the first to show me how to put down sod in the back yard back in my college days. In 2004 I had the good fortune to drop in during an out-of-the way impromptu stop in Rockville, where I also found Colleen and Mary K. He had not changed one bit. I will keep him and your mom and all of you in my prayers always.

Sal

February 15, 2014

Dear Colleen, Mary Kay and Maureen,

Tania and I are sorry to hear your dad has passed from your lives. He is now with Sis and all of our Irish Clan that have joined the Lord. I can see them all in heaven's version of the backyard gathering at 611 North Garfield having a grand old time. All of us that had the pleasure of your Dad's company will remember his humor and the ever present smile. For Tania and I last time was at the reunion in Scranton a few years ago.
We wish you some comfort by thinking of the many times when laughter ruled the day and Irish songs flowed so easily at the Clans events.

With much love,
Bill and Tania

Bill goff

February 15, 2014

Dear Colleen, Mary Kay and Maureen,

Tania and I are sorry to hear your dad has passed from your lives. He is now with Sis and all of our Irish Clan that have joined the Lord. I can see them all in heaven's version of the backyard gathering at 611 North Garfield having a grand old time. All of us that had the pleasure of your Dad's company will remember his humor and the ever present smile. For Tania and I last time was at the reunion in Scranton a few years ago.
We wish you some comfort by thinking of the many times when laughter ruled the day and Irish songs flowed so easily at the Clans events.

With much love,
Bill and Tania

Christopher McHugh and Family

February 15, 2014

Some of the best memories of my childhood were made with Grandma and Grandpa Bop Bop. I used to look forward to spending a week with them in the summers and having them come down to visit us. Bop and I talked and enjoyed just spending time together. I couldn't have asked for a better grandfather. He was a wonderful person, and I have been blessed to know him. We will miss you, Bop.

Sue McCarthy Peluso

February 14, 2014

Dear Mary Kay, Colleen, and Maureen...So sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Bob. You and all his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although I didn't see him much I always remember him as a kind, gentle man. It is comforting to know he is once again with Aunt Sis, Uncle Jerry, Uncle Bumper, and my dad. May he rest in peace.

Colleen McHugh

February 14, 2014

Miss you, but know you are happy being with your wife and other family members. I will think of you often with much love. You were a great dad.

Laurie Fink

February 13, 2014

Uncle Bobby, was a special guy and a wonderful loving uncle. Through the years he always made us laugh and smile ! His gentle spirit and great sense of humor will be missed! I am happy for him that he is now with aunt Sis and all of the other great family members we have lost. He has certainly been a great patriarch of our family and a great role model for those who will follow in his footsteps. I think my favorite memory is a few years ago when he gave us a personal narriated tour of Scranton and told us all the wonderful stories of a boy growing up there and hanging out at the old swimming hole. Great memories, lots of love and rest in peace! Bailey girls , your Ormie cousins love you and we are here for you!

Shawn McHugh

February 13, 2014

Thoughts are with you all. Bob enjoy your wings, you earned them/

Maureen

February 12, 2014

We will miss you Bop Bop! Thank you for so many great memories, and I will never see a set of pinochle cards, a two dollar bill, or a holly-shaped bow tie without smiling and thinking of you. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with my boys and know your influence will never leave us! Xoxo, the Eptings

Terrance McHugh

February 12, 2014

Robert Arthur Bailey.

I'd like to preface this remembrance with a story I heard a Rabbi relate. God was going about his business trying to run the universe but kept being interrupted by one man's constant pleading. After awhile, God just couldn't take it anymore. The next time the man started in with his constant nagging, God appeared before him. "I don't do this much anymore," God said, "but I will answer one of your questions and in turn you will stop your constant whining." The man agreed. He began with "every day people are starving to death or dying of curable diseases; every day people are killing themselves in senseless wars; and every day too many people are living lonely lives. My question to you, God, is why don't you do something about this?" God simply replied "I did - I sent you."

Some 92-years ago, God sent Robert down to join the party. He grew up in his beloved Scranton, but his life was not always easy. He lost a brother and then his mother. When his country called on him during WWII, he served from 1942 to 1945 in North Africa and Italy. Because of his service, as well as the service of tens of thousands of his brothers-in-arms, he helped stop the slaughter of millions of innocents throughout Europe. Thank you Bob, you did good. Next, he married his sweetheart, Kathryn McCarthy, and raised three beautiful daughters. They, in turn, gave him nine grandchidren and eleven great-grandchildren. Thank you Bob for giving the precious gift of life to so many, you did good. Even after he retired Bob continued to help people. Working through his church and acting as a part-time social worker and part-time financial adviser, he aided the poor of his parish in getting assistance with food, clothing, heat, and shelter. He lived the Gospel: I was naked and you clothed me, I was hungry and you fed me. Thank you Bob, you did good.

Last Sunday, Bob completed his journey with us. We can all take comfort in knowing that when he met his God face-to-face, God told him "Thank you Bob. You did all I asked of you when I sent you. You did good."

Love you and miss you.

Your son-in-law,
Terry M