Linwood H. Bailey, 82
WESTBROOK — Linwood “Woody” H. Bailey, 82, of Westbrook, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Veterans Hospice unit at Togus in Augusta after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Portland, June 15, 1934, the only son of Harold and Hilda (Burns) Bailey. Lin attended Portland schools and graduated Portland High School in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served from January 1953 to November 1954. He later became an active member of the PHS reunion committee.
He retired from Portland Gas Co. after 20 years of service, and was Yerxa’s service manager from 1975 to 1984. He was a landlord with properties in Westbrook and South Portland.
Lin’s favorite activities were outdoors, where he enjoyed many hours of boating and fishing at his camp at Panther Pond. He was a truck and motorcycle guy and was always ready for a bike or road trip. Travel was a regular activity and he never let health problems deter him.
Lin was always ready to lend a hand. He was the one to call for repairs, remodeling, wiring, plumbing, moving or erecting a backyard jungle gym.
Friday mornings, he met friends Art Hatt and Elwyn Rogers for breakfast and then he was off to the South Portland community center to play cribbage.
Lin was a devoted father, grandfather, companion and friend.
Lin is survived by his four sons and their families: Ronald Bailey of Westbrook, Keith Bailey of Raleigh N.C., Paul Bailey of Windham and Scott Bailey of Naples, as well as their mother, Joyce Bailey of Portland. He also is survived by three grandchildren; Lin’s partner of 31 years, Susan White of South Portland; and his first great-granddaughter, who is due to arrive November 2016.
He was predeceased by his great-grandson.
Per Lin’s request, a private graveside service was held at Brooklawn Memorial Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
If you would like to remember Linwood in some way, the family asks that you make a donation in his name to the Togus Veterans Hospital in Augusta.