Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel

201 East Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY


John W. Bailey IV

February 27, 1936August 2, 2019

John “Bill” W. Bailey IV, 83, passed away at home on Friday, August 2, 2019.

Family and friends are invited to the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY for a gathering on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. Memorial donations may be made in Bill’s name to Yates County Habitat for Humanity (PO Box 391, Penn Yan, NY 14527).

Bill was born on February 27, 1936 in Penn Yan, NY to the late John W. & Marion Whitaker Bailey III. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1954, attended Cornell University, was enlisted in the US Army from 1957-61, married his wife, Nancy Dean, on December 28, 1958 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1965. Bill was a Mechanical Engineer for Thomas Associates in Ithaca, Robson & Woese in Penfield and the Birkett Mills.

Bill was an avid woodworker and had a lifelong passion for sports car road racing and tennis. He was a member of the regional SCCA since 1965. He also enjoyed traveling to watch his grandchildren’s sporting events throughout their high school and college careers. He spent many years volunteering at the Yates County Habitat for Humanity, Penn Yan Tennis Club, and the Yates County Arts Council.

He is survived by his sons, John W. Bailey V (Nancy F.) of Jordan, NY and Matthew D. (Ellen M.) Bailey of Fairport, NY; grandchildren, Margie, Hanne and Ian Bailey also, Anna and Thomas Bailey; brothers, Philip L. (Nancy M.) Bailey of Keuka Park, NY and Andrew W. (Virginia L.) Bailey of Petaluma, CA. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Nancy on April 1, 2004.


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Jon and Therese LeGro

August 18, 2019

We three were in high school together. We held our 65th high school reunion on August 2nd and several of us talked of Bill as we had hoped he would be attending. It turned out that he had a more important place to go - where the Love of His Life, NANCY, was waiting for him.
His smile, his sense of humor, memories of his athletic prowess - all this and more are in our memories of this good man.
Jon and Therese LeGro

John Bailey

August 12, 2019

You will be missed.
Thank you for the memories and all you shared with us for all these years.
Love you.

Annmarie Basile

August 9, 2019


I will miss your visits, lunches and taking test drives with Ely. Bill had a passion for his cars and loved the performance of the MINI & BMW. Can't say enough about his kindness, jokes and how he made me laugh. Thank you for your knowledge, stories and traveling to Buffalo to check out the new models.
Hope Ely is doing well, let me know is there is a plan for Ely.

Such a sweet man... Annmarie

Jim Moon

August 8, 2019

Phil & Andy,
Sorry to here about Bill. The community is really going to miss him

Larry Weishaar

August 8, 2019

My sincerest condolences to Bill's family on the loss of this great man.
I met Bill and Nancy back in the '60s when we were active in the sports car racing and rallying scene. He was a true gentleman, and a great competitor. Whether he won the race or not, he always had a smile on his face. We participated in some of the toughest rallies in the US and Canada and our fellow competitors knew they had to be on top of their game against the Rochester contingent. He became the proud owner of a factory-prepared British Triumph TR4 sports car, which was one of only four in the world, and he successfully competed in it for several years.
Those were the days...God speed my friend!


August 8, 2019

I worked with Bill on several of the Habitat homes in Yates county. He was a good person to work with as his work ethics and skills were what one tried to emulate. Doing the job was not the goal. Doing the job to the best of your ability was what was always strived for. His attention to all the details helped us to build great products for our newly found friends.

We are going to miss him.

Chris Bailey

David Jones

August 6, 2019

Family friends for over 60 years. John and his late wife Nancy were the nicest people you could meet. So many memories from boiling maple sugar on South Ave, completing a bike ride around Keuka Lake, playing in Little League, drinking coffee with John at a Penn Yan Mustang football game and playing tennis. Both John and Nancy always had time to lend an ear. Many times I would go knock on their door and spend an hour or so just talking to John or Nancy in my early years. As an adult you lose touch as you get busy with your own life. When I found out through the Penn Yan Grape Vine that John had passed away…..it made me think of all the positive memories I had of John and his family. Wonderful family! God Bless you John W Bailey.


David Jones
Phillip Jones
Dr. Robert P. Jones
The Late Elizabeth D. Jones