“Love is the simple gathering of human kindnesses’
Life is not always fair, but it is beautiful”
From the desk of Beth Bailey
Every once in a while, we are blessed with a person with overflowing empathy, love and compassion. A person with goodness and giving to their core. A person who always and emphatically put others first. One who’s stoic optimism and positivity lifted everyone around them; even to the very end. This was my wife; my mom; my nana; my sister; my aunt; my friend. This was Beth.
On October 5th 2020, after an incredibly courageous battle with Leukemia, Beth Kathleen Bailey passed away comfortably at home with her family by her side.
Beth Kathleen Bailey, was born in London ON on December 26, 1946 to Jack & Kathleen Leak, eldest of six siblings, Linda Jones (Michael), Anne Eisenstein (Michael), Mary Leak, John Leak (Karen) and Bill Leak (Wendy). Beth’s caring spirit brought her to nursing, graduating in 1967 from Victoria Hospital School of Nursing honoured with the Jean Rutherford Reekie Award for exemplifying commitment and kindness to others. On March 24th, 1968 Beth married the love of her life Dr. Stewart I Bailey, brother of Alan Bailey (Jane) and the late Dr. Harvey Bailey (Lois). Beth and Stew had a truly wonderful 52 years together, building a friendship and a love to last an eternity. A couple admired by all. Beth’s focal point was her family and her 3 boys, Chris, Pat and Paul. She spent endless hours at the rink, on the ski hill, up at camp, at music lessons, on the golf course, running Scout meetings, and countless other events and activities over the years. Beth’s family meant the world to her, and Beth meant the world to her “4 men”. She was a one of a kind, and will be so very missed by her husband, sons, daughters in law Michelle and Laura, six grandchildren Abby, Meghan, Joseph, Elisabeth, Sam and Gavin, extended family, and countless friends.
Beth was well known for her kindness and giving spirit. Beth spent many years volunteering with the Women’s Christian Association, Parkwood Hospital, and McCormick Home. Beth began volunteering in the Palliative Care unit at Parkwood Hospital in 1983, joining the Board of the Women’s Christian Association, then the governing body of Parkwood Hospital & McCormick home in 1985. Beth served for 9 years, chairing this board from 1992-1994. She later transitioned to the board of directors as chair of Parkwood and McCormick Home Foundation. Beth retired from her years at Parkwood in 2000.
In 1998 Beth was formally recognized by the Governor General of Canada for her years of service receiving the Caring Canadian Award, now known as the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, the highest national recognition for volunteer service within the Canadian Honour System.
Beth’s charitable giving was widespread. Her most cherished non-profit organization was Community Living London, who through their programs and initiatives supported Beth’s youngest sister, Mary. Beth also had a great love for music and musical performances.
It is Beth’s wish in leu of flowers to please make a gift to Community Living London (cll.on.ca), First St. Andrew’s Church Musical Program (fsaunited.com), or McCormick Home (mccormickcaregroup.ca).
We remember Beth as an adventurous, energetic woman who loved hiking in many different countries with friends, playing a bit of golf at the Hunt Club (being the only Bailey to have a hole in one), learning to play piano and clarinet in her 60’s, enjoying the theatre, as well as attending as many of her grandchildren’s activities, games, performances and graduations as she possibly could. We remember Beth’s infectious smile, her willingness to listen, her uncanny ability to find the positives in any situation, and attentiveness to everyone around her. We remember Beth’s joyful laugh, her keen intelligence, her personal skillfully written messages, her sense of good, and her radiant beauty both inside and out. Wow, what an incredible woman.
Beth and her family would like to thank the skillful and caring nurses and doctors at the London Regional Cancer Clinic, as well as her family and friends who helped guide and manage her through her illness.
A private memorial service will be held at Harris Funeral Home, followed by interment at Woodland Cemetery.
“You have used your life to touch the lives of many others, and we are all forever grateful that ours were one of them. If we could give you one thing, we would give you the ability to see yourself through our eyes, so you could realize how special you are to us, and how much you are loved by everyone around you. So, it is okay to let go and know that we will always be holding your hand, the same way you held ours. We love you with all our hearts. Thank you for loving us too.”
October 16, 2020, 10:01 am
Dear Stew, Chris and entire Bailey family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May all of your special memories of your wife, mom, nana help comfort you at this very difficult time. Thinking of you. Paula (VH-OR)
Jason and Neena Enright
October 8, 2020, 2:15 pm
Dear Chris, Michelle, Abby, Gavin and Family,
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. In this sorrowful time, we would like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences. Peace, prayers and blessings.
Jason, Neena and Family xo
Heather Waters Bedford
October 9, 2020, 1:29 pm
Beth was a year behind me in training at Victoria Hospital School of Nursing. I remember her kindness and caring which carried on through her lifetime. My deepest condolences to her family. I will be thinking of you in the difficult days ahead.
October 9, 2020, 3:24 pm
Dear Beth Baileys Family;on behalf of all present and past staff members at St.joeseph;s Healthcare facilities in the London,ontario region,we all would sincerely like to express our sincere condolences to your entire family members and friend on the recent passing of a remarkable ambasseddor for the heathcare businesses in our region.a splendid young lady whose wisdom and true values will lead us all forward in our personal lives and professional careers long into the future we ttrust with Gods guidance and blessings.Yours Sincerely Brian Cross 31 year` volunteer main desk Parkwood HospitalLondon,Ontario.
October 9, 2020, 8:56 pm
Heather and I join in expressing our most sincere condolences on the passing of Beth. We became acquainted with Beth at a reunion some years ago of the Mountsfield PS 1955 graduating class of which both Stewart and I are members. As well as stunningly beautiful, Beth was warm and so very friendly that one was drawn to her immediately. There will always and continue to be, Stewart, a void in your life which will accompany you endlessly. Warm memories of Beth should help you and your family as you continue life’s journey. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Sandra and Rick Aldington
October 10, 2020, 11:28 am
Rick and I extend our sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of
Beth . We enjoyed many years of hockey with your family .
We are thinking of you during this sad time , you have many
wonderful memories of Beth that will keep you close .
Andrea Lindores Diezyn
October 12, 2020, 1:53 pm
I am so sad to hear about the illness and passing of Beth. She was an inspiring role model to me. Many years ago it was an absolute pleasure to babysit for the Bailey family. Beth was a wonderful mother, kind, gentle and beautiful in every way. My deepest condolences to the whole family.
Andrea Lindores Diezyn
October 13, 2020, 9:51 am
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jack & Sandy
October 7, 2020, 3:21 pm
I had the privilege of meeting Beth when I first started at Parkwood in the Foundation. Her innate kindness, internal beauty and captivating smile brought joy into my life. She will be dearly missed.
Graham and Denise King
October 7, 2020, 9:05 pm
Beth Bailey was a true gem of a person. When Denise and I arrived in London 28 years ago she welcomed us into the London Orthopaedic Family. We will always remember her kindness and genuine caring personality. Our sincerest condolences to Stew, Chris, Pat and Paul and her extended family. Graham and Denise King
October 8, 2020, 7:58 am
Beth was a true inspiration to all and her memory will live on in our community. May she Rest In Peace.
Ron and Lori Robins
October 8, 2020, 9:39 am
I had the distinct pleasure to interact with Beth during the "Parkwood years"when Vic hospital was charged with the responsibility of organizing a plan for the new Parkwood site on the Westminster Campus.I enjoyed her support and friendly approach to our efforts and she was always very pleasant and co-operative.My condolences to Dr. Stew Bailey and the rest of the Bailey family.I shall always remember Beth as being intelligent,helpful, and supportive.
October 8, 2020, 10:25 am
On behalf of the Staff at the London Hunt and Country Club, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the Bailey family at this difficult time.
Alan and Pam Tanner
October 8, 2020, 11:28 am
We are blessed to have known Beth, and her wonderful family for many years, during which, we have spent some memorable social time with her. The most memorable of all, was the evening we spent with Beth and Stew watching the beautiful sunset while dining on the water at The Lighthouse restaurant at Breakers, Grand Cayman Island. A memory we will both cherish for ever. May she rest in peace.
Stan and Sue Martin
October 8, 2020, 12:33 pm
So sorry to see that a beautiful woman who was beautiful inside and out has left our earth. Because she was such a huge force of love and kindness she will leave a void in many lives. Our sympathy goes to all her family and friends who will need to find ways to carry on without her.
Stan and Sue Martin
Mary Ann/ Bill Brady
October 9, 2020, 9:08 am
Beth lived a remarkable life and faced her difficulties with great fortitude. Her faith and love of family gave her strength. We wish all of you comfort as you cherish her legacy of love and devotion.
Dave, Christie, Carson and Avery Mullen
October 8, 2020, 8:34 pm
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Beth was always so kind and thoughtful. We know how much she was loved and how greatly she will be missed. Hugs to your family during this difficult time.
October 8, 2020, 9:29 pm
my sincere condolences to you and your family. Not much that i can say that will help. Time does make a difference but you never forget and you are always reminded.
My best wishes
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