Mr D. Bailey

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MR Douglas Bailey, of St Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales, has died in Gan Clwyd Hospital. He was 95.

Mr Bailey was born in Dulwich, London.

A widower, he had been married to Winifred Marjorie Bailey, who predeceased him in 1980. He had one daughter, Mary Potterton (nee Bailey).

After leaving school he began an apprenticeship with the London Electrical Supply Company and then joined the General Post Office in 1936, moving to Grantham to work as a telephone engineer. He lived in Signal Road.

During the Second World War he joined the Fleet Air Arm as Leading Aircraft Fitter on rocket firing Typhoon and Tempest aircraft. Post war he continued with the GPO on installation of Strowger system of international trunk dialling, retiring many years later as technical officer. He was awarded the Queen’s Imperial Service Medal for services to industry.

In the 1940s Mr Bailey built a 6in television then a further three 12in televisions for family and friends. He also built 30 radio sets for sale using mains voltage.

At the age of 80 he bought a computer and enjoyed its various facilities, including ‘self trade’ on the stock market.

After retirement he refurbished a small sailing boat and sailed off the North Wales coast. He also found pleasure in reading.

Mr Bailey was an experienced golfer, playing at best off 11 and competing until his 80s. He played at Stoke Rochford, Belton and Denbigh Golf Clubs and was still playing aged 91.

He enjoyed fishing on the River Witham and River Trent, achieving second place in All Lincolnshire with a 13lb 10oz bream.

The funeral service was held at Colwyn Bay Crematorium, conducted by the Rev Warwick Jaundrill.

Family mourners included: Mary Potterton, Alan Potterton, Karen Potterton, Lee Fraser Potterton, John Jewiss, Sandra Jewiss, Peter Bailey, Bearta Bailey.

Other mourners included: Brenda Spooner, Harvey and Margaret Catherall, John and Vera Bickham, David Bramwell, Arthur and Yvonne Duddle, Clive Williams, Peter and Sue Tinsley, Ann Martin, Hav and Meg Williams, Harry and Lily Crane, Ron Lamb, J. Barrett, Cliff and Linda Twamley and representatives from St Asaph Conservative Club, Denbigh Golf Club and residents of The Old Palace, St Asaph.

Funeral arrangements were by Emrys Morris and Son, Abergele.

Donations for Abergele Stroke Association amount to £329 to date.