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Gary L Bailey

June 18, 1952July 13, 2019
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A note from Connie..... Thank you to all for your support and prayers during this time. He was the love of my life. We have 3 amazing children (adults) that have been so awesome helping me. I am also thankful to my extended family and friends. God will get me through this. The hardest part is letting go. Tell someone you love them. It's a simple sentence that carries so much behind it.

Gary L. Bailey, 67 of Punta Gorda, FL passed away July 13, 2019. He was born June 18, 1952 in Logan, WV to Bill and Mary Bailey. He grew up in Sarasota and was of the Lutheran faith.

As a young man, he chose a career in the food industry and in 1980, he began working for a contract food service (Shamrock Foods, Guest Services) as a Cook, and Assistant Food Service Director at Plymouth Harbor in Sarasota.

He relocated in 1983 to St. Petersburg FL and worked as the Food Service Director/Dietary Manager for Palm Shores Retirement Center. After several years working for Palm Shores, he decided to become a Sales Representative for Mutual Wholesale which led him to U.S. Food Service as a Sales Representative. His territory was from Tampa to Port Charlotte (he liked that Port Charlotte was not as busy as St. Petersburg). He and his family moved to Port Charlotte in 1995.

After 12 years with U.S. Food Service, he went into the retail business in Port Charlotte – Bailey’s Beef Country Butcher Shop. He retired in 2014 and sold the business. He enjoyed helping out the new owners, getting them acquainted with his loyal customers.

He enjoyed golfing, baseball and hockey games, playing softball, riding his bike, music, meditation, fishing, playing his harmonicas and throwing Frisbee with his family dog.

He was also a great in line hockey coach and could easily make friends. He was a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Rays and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was an awesome family man and husband. No one liked a joker more than he did. He was always told he had a good sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Connie, who will dearly miss the love of her life. A daughter Brittni and her husband, Cale, two sons, Matthew and Jacob; grandchildren, Audrey, Easton, Jillian and another grandchild on the way.

His mother, Mary (Bill) Schultz, two brothers, Neil and his wife Helen, Chuck and his companion Gwen; sisters, Patti (Gary) Timm, and Kim (Jesse) Wilcox; mother- in-law, Marilyn Timm, step-mother, Yvonne Bailey and many nieces and nephews.

He was pre deceased by his father, Bill C. Bailey (military), brother Billy Bailey (military), sister Peggy Jacobs, father-in-law, Jerry Timm and mother in-law Dorothy Timm.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm, Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. The family will have a time of visitation one hour prior to the service, beginning at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidwell Hospice, 1144 Veronica Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 26, 2019

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Rosemary Howard

August 2, 2019

I will always remember the many laughs we've shared. Thank you, Dear Friend, for a friendship that makes it so hard to say goodbye.

Ellie Simonetti

July 27, 2019

My husband Vince and I always enjoyed our time together with Gary at the markets and at Fishermans Village on Memorial Day celebrations. Vince had been military as had Gary's family.

May God bless and hold them close until we see them again.

Ellie

Jaine Watson

July 25, 2019

Gary was such a beautiful person always had a smile when I bumped into him at the farmers market no matter how hot it was. I got the pleasure of meeting him through his amazing wife. Connie I feel so blessed we were able to reconnect with you two recently. You and the family are in my prayers and whatever you may need I am here. Love you girl ❤❤

Marcia Anderson

July 23, 2019

Dear family and friends of Gary,

We all leave something behind when we die. Gary left his love of baseball, softball, and other various athletic sports behind.

I for one, have very clear childhood memories of playing sports outdoors, along with Gary and the other neighborhood kids. We could pull together outdoor games in an instant, especially with Gary’s enthusiasm.

In fact, the dads in the neighborhood built us a baseball diamond on empty lots in Siesta Heights, where we grew up. Oh how did my siblings and I ever make it home before the street lights come on!

We all grew up in an exceptional neighborhood! Gary, Bill, Neil, Chuck, Peggy and Patti were great kids to grow up with (along with about 60 other kids), and yep we all knew one another! Amazing fact that the neighborhood adults knew us too!

Missing those days, but lasting memories were made! Thank you Gary for sharing your love of sports and being my friend for a lifetime.

Best regards to the Bailey family at this sad time and I hope that you find comfort in your memories with Gary.

Condolences, Marcia

Mic Harris

July 21, 2019

Gary’s smile was infectious, and you couldn’t help but laugh when he laughed, which was pretty much all the time. He made everyone he spoke with feel special, as he truly listened, so rare for most of us.

I consider Gary my eternal brother, and all our love to Connie Lee and the family. I know everyone in heaven is smiling with Gary today.

Mic and Sharon
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Carl & Debbie Johnson

July 19, 2019

So sorry for your loss of a kind sweet man. My hubby played ball with Gary and I met him at the softball fields at Carmelita . Always with a smile on his face and saying something to make me laugh 💙 Sending our thoughts and prayers to Connie and Brittni and your entire family at this so very sad time And Gary May you Rest In Peace ✝️ Our deepest sympathies Carl and Debbie Johnson

Jack & Tess Burke

July 18, 2019

Our prayers go out to Connie and the Bailey family at this most difficult time. Gary is a special friend to so many people and his loss is deeply felt by all of us. Rest in peace.

Juanita Weber

July 18, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. God's blessings from Jesse Wilcox 's family.

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