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January 14, 1964 – April 14, 2012
Samuel Melvin Bailey, of Lantzville, died Sunday, April 15, 2012. He was born in 1941 to Eleanor and Martin Bailey in Port Alberni and moved to Wellington as a child. He graduated from NDSS in 1959, and attended the Vocational Training School in Nanaimo. He was qualified as a heavy duty mechanic, automotive mechanic, and welder and held an Instructor's diploma from UBC. Sam worked at S. Madill Ltd. from 1966 to 1977. He taught HD mechanics at Malaspina College / VIU from 1977 to 2001 and was passionate about instructing. He also taught overseas in industrial training projects in Indonesia and Thailand. Sam was an active member of the Vancouver Island old car community. Following his retirement from teaching, he established Centerline Appraisals and became a sought-after evaluator of collectible cars. Sam is most known for his passion for mid-sixties Mustangs. He loved to travel, whether on road trips across the U.S., winter holidays in Mexico, or working in Asia. His love of people translated into every culture. Sam was an avid golfer and spent many happy hours fishing and boating. He was a longtime member of Nanaimo Yacht Club. Sam and his wife Rhonda were married for 47 years and had a full life together. Her exceptional care and devotion were the defining experience of Sam's final years. He was very close to his two brothers James Bailey (Debbie) and Tom Bailey, of Victoria. Sam is also survived by two children and four grandchildren: Martin Bailey of Nanaimo (son), Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch (Eli) of Vancouver (daughter), Sam, Zachary, and Esme Stumborg of North Vancouver and Shael Fripp of Victoria (grandchildren). Sam was a beloved friend whose generosity and humour were natural manifestations of his warm and gregarious personality. A Bursary has been established in Sam's name. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sam Bailey Memorial Trades Award. Cheques can be sent to the VIU Foundation, 114-59 Wharf St, Nanaimo, V9R 2X3. A memorial service will be held at St. Philips by the Sea in Lantzville on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at Nanaimo Yacht Club at 1 p.m. Car club friends are invited to bring their collectible cars, and a car rally in Sam's honor will leave the church at 12:30pm.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2012