Reginald Edward Bailey of Edmonton, Alberta passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 13th. He was 94 years old.
Reg is survived by his loving wife, Gwyneth. He will be sadly missed by his children, Ginny Kerr (Gordon) from BC; Norm (Marianne) from Ontario; Bruce (Lisa) from BC; Geoff from Edmonton; and Derrick (Tiffany) from Edmonton; his five grandchildren, Christoffer Copley (Shauna), India Bailey, Angela Bailey, James Bailey and Taylor Bailey; and his great-grand daughter Natalie Copley. He is preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Helen Bailey.
Born in Banff, Alberta, Reg pursued a promising adolescent vocation as a boy soprano with RCA Studios in New York and performed at Radio City Music Hall. He returned to his home at Waterton Lakes, Alberta and attended University Boys School in Victoria, BC, graduating in 1943.
Reg’s career began with the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he served as a pilot officer following in the footsteps of his father who served RFC during WW1.
After the war, Reg graduated B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He began working in the Peace River Country and was soon promoted to Regional Engineer. Reg pursued a successful career in Edmonton working in water resources management for the Alberta Government for the next 25 years. In 1966 he was promoted to Director of the Provincial Water Resources Division in the department of agriculture. In 1972, Reg became Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning & Research Services at Alberta Environment, and later, Special Projects Director. As a result of his outstanding achievements, Reg was appointed Director of Contract Administration Division in 1977.
Reg had a passion for sailing and was a member of the Canadian Power Squadron. He loved to sail while spending summer weekends with his young family at Pigeon Lake. During his retirement years, Reg and Gwyn enjoyed bareboat sailing in many countries all over the world.
A Funeral is scheduled for March 3rd, 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel in Devonshire Center, 1808 Rabbit Hill Road, Edmonton, with a reception to follow at Henley Hall in Devonshire. Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of Reg’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer Society http://alzheimer.ca/en/ab/Get-involved/Ways-to-donate or Alberta Abilities Lodges Society, Box 4455, Stn South CRO, Edmonton, T6E 4T5.