Douglas D. Bailey, Sr.

  • Born: November 26, 1920
  • Died: February 14, 2018
  • Location: Wardsboro, Vermont

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Douglas D. Bailey Sr., age 97, from Wardsboro, VT passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 14th, 2018 at Vernon Green Nursing Home.

Doug was born November 26th, 1920 in Suffield, CT to George D. Bailey and Florence (Birge). He graduated from Agawam High School and later married Anita Amor of Barre, VT in 1942. They had four children together; Lorna, Douglas Jr., Calle (Paula) and Carol. Doug had an overhead garage door business in Hazardville, CT where he and his family resided. He lost his wife Anita in 1959. He was remarried in 1961 to Ruth-Ann Tracy of Suffield. They had one daughter together, Dawn.

Douglas was the Fire Chief of Hazardville for many years, a Deacon and active member of the Agawam Baptist Church and has been a lifetime member of the South Newfane Baptist Church in Vermont where his family originated from. Doug started a snowmobile dealership in Hazardville in addition to his door business. He did small engine repair and also sold mini-bikes. Doug moved his family to Wardsboro, VT in 1973 where he continued his door and snowmobile businesses. In addition, he also drove the school bus for the town of Wardsboro. He was a selectman for the town and also a member of the Pathfinders Snowmobile club of Wardsboro and VAST.

He enjoyed hunting with his brothers in South Newfane and was also a woodworker. He made many beautiful pieces of furniture, doll houses and other creations for family and friends. One of his favorite things to do was dance. He enjoyed attending local square dances, rarely missing one. He was Parade Marshall for the Wardsboro Fourth of July parade for over two decades. He loved the Newfane flea market and always found something to bring home. He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke ready to tell. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Anita, his brothers Harold and Carlton, his sisters Lois, Barbara, and Gwendolyn and his granddaughter Angeline.

He is survived by his wife Ruth-Ann, brother Kendall, sister Jeanne, children Lorna and her husband Jay Zirolli, Doug Jr., Calle, Carol and her husband Rick Jones, Dawn and her husband David Morales. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; Heather, Jessica, Jamie, Dara, Joshua, Mark, Jacob, Nathan, Brianna, Chauncey, Audrey, and Emily, and 13 great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Dominic, Isabelle, Ethan, Levi, Corey, Zachary, Dominic, Damian, Duncan, Henrik, Emmett, and Nora.

A memorial service and burial will take place in the spring. The date and time to be determined and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vernon Green Nursing Home, 61 Greenway Dr., Vernon, VT 05354.