Obituary: Mr Sydney Bailey

Mr Sydney Bailey
Mr Sydney Bailey
Have your say

Mr Sydney Bailey, of Woodlands Drive, Grantham, has died at home. He was 90.

Born in October 1923, in Congleton, Cheshire, he was the only child of Frank and Elsie Bailey.

In August 1956 he married Joyce in Tooting, South London. They had two sons, Malcolm (now deceased) and Keith and later three grandchildren, Sean, Rhiannon and Joel.

Mr Bailey enlisted in the Royal Air Force and was a Warrant Officer in Coastal Command, flying in Lancasters. An imminent posting to the Far East was overtaken by the end of the war with Japan.

After the Second World War he took a history degree at Manchester University and trained as a teacher in London. He taught at schools in Wallasey, Mitcham and Chingford, before moving to Grantham in 1967 as deputy head of St Wulfram’s Secondary School.

Following retirement from teaching he joined the educational books division of Encyclopaedia Britannica for 17 years, work he thoroughly enjoyed and which took him across the East Midlands, East Anglia and as far as Istanbul.

Mr Bailey’s interests centred around his family. He and his wife loved going to concerts (he was a proficient pianist and organist and sang tenor in church choirs wherever he lived) and cricket matches. In his younger days he played minor counties as wicket keeper for Staffordshire.

Life in Grantham was also governed by the walking demands of a succession of Irish and Gordon setters.

Finally, after retirement, the couple discovered a new love of bowls which filled much of their time.

In the four years of his final illness Mr Bailey was greatly supported and kept happy and comfortable by his excellent team of carers from Compleat Care, Dr Hutchinson and the district nurses.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland. Burial followed in Grantham cemetery.

Family mourners included: Joyce Bailey, Keith Bailey, Debbie Bailey, Sean Bailey, Rhiannon Bailey, Joel Bailey, and Sheila Hartley.

Other mourners included: Edna and John Allen, Mollie Kidd, Nan Hardy, Jan Robinson, Robert and Fran Williams, Denise Mead, Andrew and Emma Macrae, Ann Collingwood, Jack Dobney, Jenny Geeson, Bob Jeffreys, Philip Lank, Mr and Mrs Bland, Geoff and Diane Copus-Read, Sheila Holland, Group Captain Don Hiller (RAFA), Sarah Durham, Sonia Chappell, Caroline Thacker, Sophie Thacker, and Sammy Atkin.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for the Royal Air Force Assocation.