Doreen Bailey, passed away April 25, 2016 at 84 years. Wife of Leslie Bailey, mother of Bonnie Bailey (husband – Brad Middleton), Leslie Charles (“Chuck”) Bailey, Todd Bailey (wife – Marian Hester), predeceased by brother John (“Jack”) Sheffield, living brother Charles (“Charlie”) Smith (wife – Rhonda Smith). Doreen’s first passion was education, where she excelled in the teaching profession, rising to the position of principal at C.C. McLean Public School in Gore Bay for many years, where she was blessed with an exceptional supportive teaching staff. After retirement, Doreen turned her attention and energy to nature and the outdoors. She wrote a weekly column for The Recorder that was called “Naturally Speaking”. In recent years, she was a regular contributor to the High Grader magazine, writing both articles and short story fiction. Doreen’s favourite hobby was bird watching. Known to be competitive in this pursuit, she always strived to stay one up on two of her follow bird watchers, Terry Land and Chris Bell. Memory of Doreen will perhaps be best preserved in what is now the Misery Bay Provincial Park. She was one of the originating forces in its creation and development, as well as the organization closely related to the park, known as “The Friends of Misery Bay”
Doreen will be sadly missed by: grandchildren Carolyn Dearing, James Dearing, Keri Endanawas and Shari Bailey; great-grandchildren Kayla and Kyle Greenman, Anthony Dearing, Briana, Courtney and Ethan Endanawas, Dylan and Dawson Lingenfelter. At Doreen’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences may be made through simpsonfuneralhome.ca.