John C. “Jack” Bailey - July 27, 2009


 RAVENA – John C. “Jack” Bailey, 85, passed away Monday, July 27, 2009.  Jack was born and lived all his life in the Ravena area.  He was a graduate of Ravena High School.  Jack was an Air Force veteran serving during WWII the 8th Air Force 487 Bomb group, 837 Bomb Squad.  He retired after 32 years as an insurance agent with Nationwide and 25 years as a part time bus driver for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

     Jack was a member for over 60 years of the Ravena Hose Co., Chief for 10 years, and Deputy Chief for 8 years.  He helped form and had been an active member for 20 years of the Ravena Rescue Squad, a member of the 5 Chiefs Assoc., and Albany County Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc.  Jack was Past Deacon of the Congregational Christian Church, Past Master of the Ravena #850 Masons, 58-year member of the Ravena American Legion and Past Commander and presently treasurer.  Jack was an active member of the Town of Coeymans E.M.S. Team and Civil Defense Director for the Village of Ravena.  He was a member of the Senior Golf League and on the Board of Directors of Senior Projects of Ravena.  Jack enjoyed hunting, camping and golf.

     Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Esther Carr Bailey;  children, Jacklyn (Joe) Spring, Paula (Jack) Purcell, William (Penny) Bailey, and Martin (Angel) Bailey; 6 grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  and brothers, Calvert and Richard Bailey.  Jack was predeceased by his parents Irven and Bertha Bailey, sisters, Annetta Roosa and Leola Wilt, and brothers, Theodore, Harvey, Irenos, Raymond and Douglas Bailey.

     Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday August 1st at the Congregational Christian Church, Ravena.  Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.  Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 7 PM.  Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the charity of your choice.