Charles W. Bailey
December 28, 1920 – February 1, 2015
Charles W. Bailey, age 94, of Newark, DE, died peacefully on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
A native Delawarean, Charles was born in Wilmington in 1920. He graduated from P.S. DuPont High School and Bliss Electrical School in Tacoma Park, MD. He married his wife Jeannette, in 1942. Charles served his country during World War II in the Army throughout Africa and Italy.
He worked for The Bell Telephone Company for many years retiring in 1978 to North Port, Florida. A natural leader, Charlie/Chuck served in both formal and informal leadership positions throughout his life. He was the president of Diamond State Telephone Workers Union and served in various management positions in Delaware and Pennsylvania during his 38 year career with Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. He returned to Delaware in 2005 to be closer to his family and spent many happy times with them.
In his leisure time, Charles loved gardening, the beach, crabbing, boating and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed reading, sports, woodcarving and taking many cruises throughout the Caribbean with his beloved Jeannette. He was also very active in local North Port politics for many years.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice & Frederick and his wife, Jeannette. He is survived and will be sorely missed by his son, Craig and daughter-in-law Diane Bailey, daughter, Fern & son-in-law Ted Butler, daughter, Gail Bailey Roberts; grandchildren, Kristen (John), Alison and (Joe), Melanie (Mike), Brendon, Eric, Emma, Ethan, Madison & Clayton; and great grandchildren Brie, Evan, Lexi, Kyle & Mikey.
A memorial celebration for Charles will be held at 12 Noon on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 Noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one of the following charities: Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713 or to the African Wildlife Foundation,1400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 120, Washington, D.C. 20036 (www.awf.org).