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Born: Aug 16, 1938

Date of Passing: May 28, 2021

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Born: August 16, 1938

We write today to inform you that on the morning of May 28, 2021, our deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, William Franklin Bailey, has gone to join some of his most cherished friends and family.
Dad leaves behind Therese Bailey (LeBlanc) with whom he had a lifelong (61 years) marriage, and together they raised their pride and joy children, Leslie Szczepanski (Bailey/Kash (daughter Gianna)), Michele / Wayne Grocholski (Winston (Marian) / Preston), and Scott / Teresa Bailey (Alexis / Nicole / Quinton). Dad also leaves his sisters, Sharon Terleski (Ron), Beverly Thomas (Bruce), and June Otha (Ron); brothers, Kirk (Carol) and Don (Barb), sisters-in-law, Valarie Bailey, Lorraine Bailey, and Doris Shane; and lifelong friends, Bob Campbell and Jack Thompson.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Hazel Kathleen Bailey (Franklin), Garnet Hughes Bailey; and his brothers, Gary and Gordon Bailey; and his sister Joan Mckenzie (Barry).
Dad came from a large family of people with outgoing, large personalities, that made family gatherings entertaining and memorable. Some of the stories Dad shared about the things he and his eight brothers and sisters did in that small house on Imperial Avenue made you cry with laughter every time! Dad's incredible sense of humour will be missed by all those who had the opportunity to be associated with him. With 82 years of life, Dad's was filled with unconditional love from Mom and endless times of enjoyment raising their children, playing golf at Elmhurst, watching their grandchildren flourish and playing poker games with his siblings until late into the night. Dad always did a good job of hiding his love for those around him, it seemed to be how it was done for his generation. The last few years we saw Dad soften and we witnessed his true, uninhibited love come out at every opportunity, however losing siblings and Corey along the way hurt him deeply and he would have traded places with them without thought.
Dad beat cancer 16 years ago, so those closest to him were blessed with the additional time we were given. Dad's cancer fight reaffirmed he didn't want to be in a hospital when the end of his life approached, so we are grateful that he had a very short stay in the hospital and received incredible care from compassionate people at the Seven Oaks and Grace Hospitals. Dad was a little stubborn and wanted to go on his terms, and he did!
The funeral for William will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and will be livestreamed via www.greenacresfuneral
We are saddened that we can't all gather and share fond stories of times with Dad, however the day will come when we can and we will laugh hardy then!
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • To June and family, so very sorry to hear of your brother's passing Please know we are thinking of you (and would so much like to get in touch with you)...take care - Posted by: Carol Almey (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2021

  • My deepest condolences for your loss. He was a wonderful neighbour. Always said hello or good morning when I would be walking our dog. He also had a great smile. - Posted by: Shawnee L Greenberg (Neighbour) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • On behalf of myself and my brothers, Bill and Sandy, I just wanted to say how very sorry we are to hear of Bill's passing. With the passing of my mom and Aunt Bev in 2012, we have had very little contact with the Bailey family but have often thought of them and hoped that they were well. Bill was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour who brightened anyone's day he came upon. May the many memories you share continue to brighten your day. - Posted by: Candy Smith (cousin) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.“ — Soren Kierkegaard My deepest condolences to my Aunt Terry, cousins Leslie, Michelle and Scott. May time replace the tears with smiles. Some of my fondest memories growing up where the Bailey family get togethers. My Uncle Bill was always this larger-than-life character. Quick witted, fashionable and very tall, a little intimidating. Like most children you don’t see the 3-dimensional people the adults in your life are until you are an adult yourself. I knew my uncle was a caring soul because my mom was close to him, he had been there for her many times. I really got to see that side of him when I came out later in life. It was a hard time. He called me and told me I was always welcome in his home along with whomever I loved. That meant the world to me. I will never forget the time he drove out to Calgary to visit us with my Aunt Terry. He looked up an old friend who was a house painter in Calgary. When the friend did not recognize his voice, he asked for a quote. 10 fingers and 10 toes. Before that person could hang up, he explained who he was and the friendship picked back up where it had left off. On one of my last trips to Winnipeg I met up with Uncle Bill at the Club and we had a nice chat. He insisted on driving me back to my hotel and I tried to convince him that was not necessary so our visit continued and I believe that near death experience brought us closer. I thought it appropriate to end on a joke. Love You Uncle Bill. XOXO Your Niece Lisa - Posted by: Lisa Thomas (Niece) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • Beverley Thomas 2 June 2021 I have so many memories of my brother Bill it is hard to know where to start. He always came to visit us in the ten years we lived in the USA. He visited us in Des Moines when Lisa was just little and we went to mall the three of us Lisa, Bill and I. We went into a shoe store for he wanted to look for a pair of shoes while he was there and he was trying on a pair of Floreshins (spelt wrong) and Lisa threw up all over them so of course Billie bought them. Then when Dana was born in Dallas he came to see us and we went to the Dallas Zoo to se the new gorilla that had just been born there and still in an incubator and Bill took pictures of it holding its bottle feeding himself. He went home to Winnipeg and told mom that was her new grandbaby. And he came to Dallas with Gary and Valerie and of course Terry. They had driven all the way there. He described Gary driving and we couldn't stop laughing. Said he would drive all the way home himself. He came himself when the twins were born and was very supportive. He loved travelling when he was younger and didn't mind driving anywhere (as long as he was driving) or flying. He truly loved Las Vegas and he was much like I am and want to stay on the same machine for too long. I will miss you Billie all the rest of my life and will think of you everyday. Love you always big brother. - Posted by: Bev Thomas (Sister) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • Close pals when growing up in St. Vital even slept over in the cute little house on Imperil Street so many years ago, as we grew older we parted ways but always remained great amigos R.I.P. my friend Wayne - Posted by: wayne evans (old friend) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • I am sending my heartfelt condolences to Bev and her family on the recent passing of her brother Bill, he was a wonderful brother to Bev and her family. I also would like to send condolences to Terry and her family. Bill was always very nice to me and I remember one time at supper when I had lost my mom, Bev invited me to have dinner with her family. We were all crowded around the table in the kitchen and Bill saw me and said, when did my mother have you? I shied back into my chair and thinking about it now I should have said while you were sleeping, but in those days you didn't give a smart ass answer to anyone older then you. - Posted by: Evelyn Louise Thordarson (Bev's Best Friend) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to the Bailey Family in the passing of Bill. Eddy Goralski - Posted by: Eddy Goralski (Friend of Family) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Dear June and family, Take comfort in knowing your brother has met the face of God. Take care. - Posted by: Darlene Hoffman nee: Polanski (former high school friend) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Leslie and the entire Bailey family. Losing a parent is not easy, losing a parent during these Covid times is terrible. ((Hugs)) May the family continue to cherish their memories together. Candyce & Don Hawkins - Posted by: Candyce & Don Hawkins (Co-Worker) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family. I did not know William but I knew Therese, Leslie and Michele, I worked with all three young ladies years ago. Just knowing how shattered they are with his passing shows us how much a part of their lives he had been. The memories cannot be taken away - Posted by: joe missalino (Friend ) on: Jun 02, 2021

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