Francis P. Bailey, Jr. 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on June 8, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, June Bailey and children Anne B. Hagerty, Susan Bailey, M. Mead B. Johnson, Jane E. B. Ward, Patrick Bailey, Casey Shaw, Bruce Shaw and Linda Stevens, Sons-in-law Richard Johnson, Michael Ward, James Hagerty and Thomas Stevens; Daughter-in law Jennifer Bailey. Grandchildren Annabelle, Callaway, Bailie, Dane, Katie, Kit, Shane, Brandon, Dillon, William, Minetta, Bryan, Destiny, Issac and five great-grandchildren.
Francis attended Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia and went on to Hampton Sydney College in Farmville Virginia. After college Francis served our country in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
In 1948 Francis returned to Sanibel and managed the daily operations of Bailey's General Store. Bailey's store has been a pillar of the island community, serving island residents and guests for more than 113 years.
Francis was the remaining son of a pioneering Sanibel family and was very active in the community personally and through the business. He was a founding member of the Lions Club and he was on the board of the Island Inn. He served as a charter member of the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank and a Sanibel Community Association board member. He was a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Mosquito Control Board and a long standing member of the board of Associated Grocer's of Florida. He served the community on several other boards during his life
In 1979, he was elected and served as the mayor of Sanibel. From 1974-1996 he served on the Sanibel City Council. In 1999 he served an additional term, making him the longest serving elected official in the history of Sanibel.
The family plans a celebration of his life on June 16, 2013 at the Bailey Homestead, 1300 Periwinkle Way at 11 a.m. The community is welcome.
Donations can be made to ARC or The Children's Home Society of Florida. Cards and flowers can be sent to Mrs. June Bailey, 791 Pen Shell, Sanibel, FL 33957.