Life Story for
Howard A. Bailey
Howard A. Bailey, 95, passed away Tuesday evening at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital. He died of old age.
He was born in Brookline, Mass. on August 21, 1920 to Godfrey and Rose Bailey. He was the second of four children. He enjoyed playing baseball and hockey growing up in the Boston area.
After Pearl Harbor, Howard joined the US Army 243rd Field Artillery Battalion under General Patton and saw action in the invasion of the beachhead of Normandy and The Battle of the Bulge, among others.
Upon returning home he completed his education at Northeastern University and Bentley College and became a licensed CPA. He figured out how to educate himself in the intricacies of Accounting in the automobile industry, which put his services in great demand.
One of his clients was Buster Pippin of White River Junction, Vermont. Within a short time they became partners in one of Buster’s Auto Dealerships, and by 1955 Howard had his own Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Dealership in Keene, N.H. He was very successful at that game, and became very well known and recognized in the Northeast and in Detroit for his abilities.
In 1950, Howard met Margaret Schmitz, a native born Californian from an orange, lemon and walnut ranch in Whittier, CA. who was teaching school in Boston at the time. They were soon married, and lived in Keene, N.H. where they raised 2 sons and 2 daughters all within 5 years of age.
Howard loved to hunt and spend time in the forests of New Hampshire. In the mid-1950's he became a member of a Hunting Club in New Hampshire with a great history and a unique situation of 25 members and 40,000 acres of forest in the N.H. hills. It also had a thriving population of pure-strain Black Russian wild boar. It was a fantastic place to grow up, and Howard taught his children to hunt and fish and enjoy the outdoors, which all of his children still do.
Having grown up in the Boston area, Howard’s other passion was the ocean and salt water sportfishing. He owned a number of boats over the years in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Cape Cod, Mass. and finally Key Largo, Florida.
Sportfishing in the Gulf Stream and hunting wild boar in the forests of New Hampshire were Howard’s finest moments, and some of the best times that his children and Margaret had together with him also.
In 2007, his wife Margaret passed away while they were living in Torrance, CA. In 2009, Howard moved to Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls, ID. to be close to his son Chip and daughter Sue, and to be able to drive his Lincoln Town car around Twin Falls like so many people there do.
He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his parents, siblings and most all of his relatives of his generation. He is survived by his children, Chip Howard A. Bailey Jr. of Ketchum, ID.; Susan Bailey of Sun Valley, ID.; Jill Bailey DVM of Atlanta, GA.; and Peter Bailey (Debbie) of Keene, N.H. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel in Hailey, ID. (www.woodriverchapel.com). A funeral mass and interment of his ashes at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles will take place in late March, 2016.