Obituary of Alfred Bailey
Alfred was a very caring man with a huge heart. He had many hobbies and interests that helped define his life. His family was from Canada, but they eventually moved across the border to Buffalo. Alfred had an adventurous spirit which led him to join the Army and fight in WWII, where he was stationed in the Philippines. After his tour of duty, he travelled all over the country to many different places and acquired important knowledge along the way. After his travels, Alfred went to school on the GI Bill to become a history teacher. Alfred taught at Iroquois Junior High School and would often say “If he didn’t know it, it didn’t happen”. He started a family with his former wife Janice and raised three beautiful daughters. Having three girls meant having a caring and patient heart. Alfred’s huge heart led him to always welcome people into his home. If times were tough, he would help them get back on their feet, take them to job interviews and put a roof over their heads. Alfred would charge them a small amount of rent during their stay, but the caring man he was, he saved it and gave it back to them to help start their new lives. Alfred loved to write. He wrote many poems which his children put into a book. He also wrote several songs including one called “Motorcycle Mama & A Pot Smokin’ Floozy” which he ended up recording with his girls. Alfred loved to play music on the piano, harmonica and the concertina. He was an avid bowler, on a dart league and would always sit down for a good game of Euchre, one of his favorites. He enjoyed wood carving and spent many a night with his good buddy Charlie learning the techniques. Alfred built his own boat that could fold up to be put on top of his car. He called it a “cart-a-craft” and used this one of a kind boat to go fishing and boating with friends and family, even traveling with it clear across the country! Al loved his boating trips with his buddies, often in Canada where they would play silly tricks on each other and talk politics while waiting for the big catch. Alfred’s time in the military was an important part of his life. As a young man he spent every Memorial Day at Oakwood Cemetery standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier from dusk until dawn. Alfred was known for his famous sayings like “You can’t stay mad for more than 24 hours” and “We are eating better than the great Pharaohs of Egypt”. He loved to watch action movies, Westerns and detective films, listen to big band music and some country western. On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Alfred would sit down and watch Tora, Tora, Tora every year. He would often do this while enjoying a cold brew, saying “normally I am not a drinking man” as he cracked open a cold Genny. Alfred always had something meaningful to say and would tell you, “You have to believe in something… I believe I’ll have another beer.”
Bailey, Alfred April 30, 2019 of Orchard Park, NY. Devoted father of Jody (Clay) Woody, Michelle (David) MacDonald, and Cynthia (Richard Kruger) Krauss; dear former husband of Janice Bailey; brother of the late Elaine (late Dr. Edwin) Patricola and late Alma (late Bill) Radigan; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received on Tuesday from 4 – 8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery to follow. Al was a proud WWII Army Veteran and retired history teacher. Please leave condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.