Laverne Bailey proudly lived his life as the big man always standing up for the little guy and he is being remembered for his huge heart.
Bailey, a former politician and businessman died suddenly at his home in North Marysburgh on Saturday at the age of 73.
He dedicated nearly 20 years to serving the County at Shire Hall. His slogan was ‘ the big man for the little guy’. He was warden in 1995, served as reeve of North Marysburgh and last represented Picton ward as a councillor from 2007–2010. Bailey also ran a failed bid for mayor in 2010, losing to Peter Mertens. He ran again for Picton councillor in the last municipal election.
Darlene Bailey said her husband of 28 years loved the County. “He was the most fun loving family man and lived to help everyone,” she beamed.
Bailey is survived by Darlene, six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grand children.
His son Frank Bailey, known as Ras Bingi described his dad as a very strong, individually minded man who believed in people.
Bailey also garnered much praise from his former political colleagues.
He served under former Mayor Leo Finnegan during his last term on council.
Finnegan described Bailey as a friendly, witty, hard worker who never shied away from expressing his views.
Sophiasburgh Councillor Kevin Gale knew Bailey for a number of years and sat one term with him around the horseshoe.
A Memorial Service is being held on Monday August 22 at the Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton at 11 a.m. with a celebration of life to follow. Donations to the Prince Edward Hospice are welcomed.