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Donald Bailey, building contractor, Navy veteran

Dec. 17, 1927 – Feb. 21, 2014

Donald Bailey, a building contractor, died Feb. 21 in his Orchard Park home under Hospice care after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from South Park High School in 1945.

He was a Navy veteran and served on the destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts during the close of World War II.

“Al”, as he was fondly known, was the owner of Al Bailey Builders in Orchard Park from 1976 to 2009 and co-owner of Bailey Homes Interiors from 1958 to 1976.

Mr. Bailey was a skilled electrician, carpenter and home builder in Western New York for more than 50 years.

Active with the Boy Scouts of America, he served 35 years as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 503 in Orchard Park.

He had a great love for the outdoors, especially hunting, and camping with his family.

He enjoyed his garden and took pride in growing vegetables.

He was honored by the American Red Cross as a 20-gallon blood donor.

Mr. Bailey’s body was donated to the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program for research.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Thelma M. Hoffman; a son, James; five daughters, Donna Noell, Jan, Nancy, Kathryn Worth and Dorothy Szarowski; a brother, Thomas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road.

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