John B. Bailey

Passed 02/18/2023


Obituary For John B. Bailey

John Braford Bailey of Rockland left this world on Friday, February 17th at only 69 years of age.

He was my beautiful husband, and my best friend who I’ll love forever, and who was deeply loved by all who knew him.

Born and raised in North Weymouth to Donald and Elizabeth Bailey, he attended Weymouth schools and graduated from Weymouth North High School in 1971. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in 3 sports - Baseball, Basketball, and Football.

Best of all, Brad had a heart of gold, never passing by anyone who needed him. He had a tremendous faith and “walked the talk” everyday of his life - always encouraging and lifting people up to where they should be. Brad was a loving and very devoted father of his three children Sam, Elijah Bailey and his daughter Nicole Ryerson. They were all his pride and joy. He made it a point to always be there for them, making sure they were always heard, understood, and that there was nothing they couldn’t accomplish in life.

Besides his family and friends the one thing that mattered to him was his faith, which included his parish, its community, and his beloved guys from bible study. Because of this, at any kind of event, holidays, parties, or just at the orange table in our driveway people found themselves asking for life, faith, and personal advice before they realized what drew them to him. Even without knowing him - call it a feeling or an energy, people felt compelled to be open and ask for his insight. He was the best. And might I add, a very talented painter - as you can no doubt see our beautiful orange house that he loved so much.

In addition to his 3 children, he will be dearly missed by his two sisters, Valerie Rubino, her husband Tony, and Beth Hagerty, her husband Mike. Brad also leaves behind six nieces and nephews, Holly and Donald Bailey, and Robbie, Ryan, Rene and Rory Hagerty. Also survived by his daughter Nicole Ryerson, her husband Rob, and his two granddaughters Lexi and Brooke and his ex wife Elaine Walls.

The Bailey family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate John’s life in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home on Sunday February 26, 2023 from 1:00-4:00 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Church on Monday February 27, 2023 at 9:00 AM. Burial will follow in the Holy Family Cemetery.

Donations may be made to: Tunnels to Towers, a charity that helps Veterans & First Responders due to 9/11, 2361 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10306.

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  • 02/28/2023

    3rd attempt. I was part of the Tuesday morning Bible study group before covid. I still struggle with my faith but Brad was comforting. I marveled at his command. He will continue to be an inspiration to my learning Jack Farley

  • 02/26/2023

    Joey & family, We are so deeply sorry to hear of Brad's passing. Our hearts, prayers & love are with you. Your beautiful love, respect and amazing faith together are truly life's most precious gifts. May Brad rest in God's arms in sweet peace until you meet agsin. Love, friendship & our most heartfelt condolences 🙏❤️ Meg Kudla & family

  • 02/26/2023

    My love and prayers go out to you Joey, and to your entire family. Brad will be missed by all who were blessed to know and love him. Brad was such a beautiful , gentle soul. May he be welcomed into paradise.

  • 02/26/2023

    I got to know Brad when I sat next to him at a family reunion dinner a few years ago. He was so friendly and kind and we had a wonderful two hour conversation. Joey, I am thinking of you and your family and keeping you in my prayers. Cousin Gail Downs

  • 02/25/2023

    Brad A true servant of God. The real deal. Thoughts and prayers. Find peace and consolation trusting in Brad's love of God and God's love for us.

  • 02/24/2023

  • 02/24/2023

    Dear Joey, There are no words to describe how sorry Fred and I are at the sudden passing of Brad. Joey, I know how much you both love the Lord and understanding that Brad is in his glory, brings some comfort. We love you and are holding you so close in our hearts and prayers. God bless.

  • 02/24/2023

    We are so very sorry to hear this news of our amazing neighbor. Please know we are thinking of you during this time. We will be praying for your family and send our love. Love, Alethea and Bill Favreau

  • 02/23/2023

    My condolences go out to you, Joey and Sam in this difficult time. I hope you can remember Brad in health and hold him dear to your heart to comfort you through this journey. Love thoughts and prayers. Holley Bailey

  • 02/23/2023

    My prayers and love are with your family

  • 02/23/2023

    I thank God the day I met Brad and Joey. Brad was there to help us organize a new prayer group, "Earthen Vessels" and speaking on our behalf to Fr. Jim Hickey, Pastor at Holy Family Church in Rockland about a home to us to come in and use the church for a home for our prayer group. Without Brad's help and referring us to Fr. Hickey, we would not have been there. Brad's faith in us and his faith in Jesus led him to speak to Father. When I met Brad, I knew he was a good, kind, faithful servant of the Lord. God's love poured out from him so strong, that when he was present, you knew God's love was in this place. Thank you Brad, may you now serve the Lord in Heaven, my brother in Christ. Rest in peace. my deepest condolenses to Joey and family. Al

  • 02/23/2023

    Frank and I were so sorry to hear about Brad. He was such a good person and the love you shared was special. God bless you and your kids. Wishing you peace and love. Love, Frank and Joanne Brundage

  • 02/23/2023

    I've been thinking since we lost you Brad, what will we do without seeing you each day, with the great way you cherished your amazing life? We have the honor of remembering you with a smile knowing that we all will see you again. In the meantime, I'll miss you, I always loved knowing you were here, thank you for being such a wonderful man that I'll always remember 💔

  • 02/23/2023

    All my condolences for Brad's family. He was a good and kind man. He walked through his life with faith.

  • 02/23/2023

    I would like to offer my condolences to his family, friends. Brad was a very nice and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. RIP Brad. 🙏❤️🙏 Marian Callahan

  • 02/23/2023

    My deepest and sincere condolences to my sister, nephews and family. I will keep you in my thoughts and always in my prayers. Sending love and peace ❤️ 🙏🏼

  • 02/23/2023

    Brad Bailey. How do you say goodbye to such a great man? You don't. I will see you again my friend. Until then you will be missed. I will always remember our days at Swifts beach. I wish we had more. Sending love to Joey and the kids. Joey, he will always be with you, in your mind, heart and soul. I love you all. Praying for healing and peace to you and your family. Love you, Kim

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