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Born: May 06, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 03, 2020

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Peacefully in his home, Donald (Don) G. Bailey passed away on February 3, 2020, at the age of 90 years.
Left to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory are his son Donald and daughter-in-law Alesia Gordienko, and his daughter Lisa and son-in-law Daniel Chaput. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Don was predeceased by his wife Verna (née Hnatiuk); his brothers, Gene Bailey and Fred Buhay; and his parents, Margaret and Peter.
Don was born on May 6, 1929 in Suchovolya, Brody, Ukraine. He came to Canada at three months old, with his parents and older brother Gene. They made their home in Allegra, MB, near Beausejour. At the young age of 15, Don moved to Winnipeg and started work in the custom woodworking trade, building furniture and cabinets. This trade was the foundation for his later profession as a salesman in building materials. As a young man, he was a professional musician, playing saxophone and clarinet in many different local bands and orchestras: Patterson's Playboys, Glen Frain and his Buckaroos and with Wally Peters. He played numerous shows, dances and weddings across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He was also in the Winnipeg Light Infantry Army marching band.
Don met his future wife Verna, at a dance. They were married in 1956. Once they started a family, Don focused on his sales career which spanned over 30 years. The friendships and business connections he made in the field were still present long after his retirement. Dad loved to drive. No matter where Dad went, someone knew him and greeted him with a smile. He loved interacting with people and he had a great sense of humour.
Don finished his working years as Building Maintenance Manager at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. He adored his colleagues, the students, the busy atmosphere of the school, and the connection to the church and his Catholic faith. Don was a member of St. Nicholas Parish and a life member of the Knights of Columbus.
Dad was a kind-hearted, giving person, always generously willing to help others. He was a talented musician and craftsman, and he really was a "Don of all trades" who could fix anything. He was a lover of animals and he enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. He was an excellent gardener. He grew amazing, tasty vegetables. He took pleasure in summer barbecues, Verna's superior cooking, and time with family. A good meal and a good laugh were his favourite things. He was strong willed and independent right until the end.
Prayers will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St., on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14 at St. Nicholas Church, 737 Bannerman Ave., with Fr. Isidore Dziadyk, OSBM and Rev. Peter Chorney officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery, 4355 Main St.
We wish to express our thanks to Dr. T.R. Babick for his care over the years.
Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Dad, you will forever be missed and
remembered in our hearts. May you be
at peace and at rest in the Lord's care.


Publish Date: Feb 11, 2020


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Don Bailey, widower of
beloved wife Verna, father of Donald (Alesia Gordienko) and Lisa (Daniel Chaput).
Arrangements pending. Longer obituary to follow.

Cropo Funeral Chapel

Publish Date: Feb 8, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020, Feb 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I recall Mr. Bailey was loved by everyone at IHMS. He was a very gentle soul! Passing condolences.. it was a pleasure to know him! Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Nadia Malchuk (IHMS) on: Mar 05, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to the Bailey family on the passing of Donald Sr. I remember how he took pride in his garden and his constant support he gave to Lisa and Daniel in their home. He like to tinker and he was feisty like Verna! A strong man who was handy and caring. Your eulogy captured his true soul and essence of who he was as a father, husband, and an active member of his church! Vichnaya Pamiat! My prayers for you both, your brother Don and Alessia - Posted by: Carla Bobychuk (Friend of Lisa and Daniel) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Lisa & Daniel, Donald & Alesia. Very sad to hear of the passing of your Dad. My sincere condolences to you all. - Posted by: Leanne Plysiuk Leskiw (Family) on: Feb 18, 2020

  • Donald( Alesia) Sorry to hear of your dads passing. I remember him as a friendly and thoughtful guy. Tim - Posted by: Tim Gordienko (Brother in law) on: Feb 18, 2020

  • My sweet Uncle Don. Your sense of humour, your dedication to family, your love for the kids and staff and parents at Immaculate Heart School where you devoted your soul to will always be remembered. I am so proud to have had you in my life. Give Gigi Buhay, Bapcha, Daddy, Mom and Uncle Freddie the biggest hugs from me. Thank you for the legacy. Rest In Peace xo - Posted by: Michelle Bailey (Niece) on: Feb 14, 2020

  • My most sincere condolences Don and Lisa. I have many memories at the Bailey home. All good and miss those days. Bless your Dad and bless you all. - Posted by: Brett Duseigne (Friend ) on: Feb 13, 2020

  • Mr. Bailey was one of the kindest, most caring people I encountered. He made our school a place of love, he cared for each student as if they were his own children and took immeasurable pride in all of his work. A gentle soul that will be remembered and cherished. -Natashia - Posted by: Natashia Viselli (Student ) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • Lisa,Daniel,Donald and Alesia...Our sincere condolences on the passing of Your Dad .Our Uncle Don was such a great guy .Love the photo.That was him with that warm smile.So many memories from our past! We are in Puerto Vallarta until mid March and unfortunately will not be able to attend his service..We will be thinking of you all...xo Ken and Julia Bailey - Posted by: Ken and Julia Bailey (Family) on: Feb 08, 2020

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