COOPERSTOWN — Robert G. Bailey, formerly of Hyde Park, passed away late Thursday night, July 4, 2013, at Otsego Manor. He was 91 years-old.
Born June 28, 1922, in Sidney, Maine, Bob was the son of F. Glenn and Effie (Cummings) Bailey. After graduating from high school, Bob attended a carpentry school in Maine.
On Oct. 27, 1942, Bob entered into active service in the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II with the 389th Infantry Regiment. He received his honorable discharge from the military on Jan. 14, 1946.
After moving to Cooperstown, Bob met Thelma Doolittle Jarvis and they were married May 31, 1957, in a ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown.
Bob was a gifted carpenter and cabinet-maker, whose work graced many homes and businesses in Cooperstown and the surrounding area. At one time he also owned and operated a backhoe business.
He was a 62-year member of Otsego Lodge No. 138, Free & Accepted Masons in Cooperstown, and was also a long-time and currently Honorary Member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary.
Bob is survived by three daughters, Carol Ann Poitras and her husband, Alfred of Manchester, Maine, Ginny Elliott and her husband, Don of Milford and Linda Carson and Don Brooks of Ilion; four grandchildren, Mrs. Deborah Ann Javitz and her husband, John, Donald Walter Elliott and his wife, Janet, Dennis Robert Elliott and his wife, Wendy and Christine Marie Poitras; three great-grandchildren, Jessica, Blake and Emily Elliott; one cousin, Joe Bailey and his wife, Lucy; one niece, Martha Osgood and her husband, Pete; one nephew, Nate Rand and his wife, Debby; and an aunt and best friend, Marge Gallup.
He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma, who died Aug. 13, 2007, and his sister, Rebecca Rand.
A Memorial Service was offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in The Chapel at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating.
A Service of Committal and Burial, with military honors accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club followed in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the Otsego Manor Activities Fund for the benefit of the Country Meadows Neighborhood, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements were under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.