Harry F. Baily Obituary

Harry Baily, Retired Insurance Broker and Republican Committeeman, Succumbs

Harry F. Baily, 89, of 651 Huffman Street, Waynesburg, retired insurance man and prominent in Republican politics in Greene County for many years, died at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 1971, in Greene County Memorial Hospital.

Although he had been in declining health for the past year, and hospitalized since Sept. 27, his death came rather unexpectedly and just a few moments after he had been conversing with family members and others.

Mr. Baily's long career in the insurance business extended over a period of 45 years from the time he entered it in association with the late J. F. Randolph in 1904, to his retirement from the present Baily Insurance Agency on Jan. 1, 1949.

In his capacity as an insurance agent and as a co-owner for many years of the present firm with his brother, William E. Baily, he saw the expansion of the industry move from its original narrow confines of fire protection to its multiplicity of services to the public with the coming of the automobile age as well as the protection against wind, damage, theft, etc.

In association with his brother, William, and the late Atty. and Mrs. W. C. Montgomery he also took a leading role in restoring Waynesburg's principal business district after the Downey House fir ein 1925 by erecting the present Commercial Building on the site of the former Grossman Building which was also destroyed in that blaze.

He had served as a director of the Pennsylvania Association of Insurance Agents and was past president of the Greene and Washington Counties Association of Insurance Agencies.

Politically he was a staunch Republican, and has served numerous terms as county chairman and although he had never aspired to public office himself, he had served as a state committeeman and on the state financial committee. He had a wide acquaintanceship with Republican leaders throughout the state consulted by visiting candidates for state offices who visited here during their campaigns.

Fraternally Mr. Baily was one of the oldest members of Waynesburg Lodge No. 757 B. P. O. Elks of Waynesburg and had served twice as the Grand Exalter Ruler; he was a long time member also of Waynesburg Lodge F. & A. M. 153, of various Scottish Rite societies and of the Syria Temple of the Shrine at Pittsburgh.

He was also an organizing member of the Fort Jackson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Waynesburg.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg.

Always interested in community affairs as well as business and politics, he was one of the charter members of the former Waynesburg Fair Association when it was formed in 1911, served as secretary for many years and after it was succeeded by the present county fair gave valuable assistance of getting the present fair started. He was also a director of the Green Mount Cemetery Association.

Mr. Baily was born May 2, 1882, in Cumberland Township, a son of J. Ewing and Eldora Mitchener Baily. He attended the public elementary schools of that township and later was graduated from the former Greene Academy and from Waynesburg College in the class of 1904.

He was married June 25, 1908 to Lucy Sayers. She died Dec. 19, 1924. His second wife was Phila Babcock to whom he was married April 23, 1927, and who survives. He is also survived by two sons by his first marriage, Atty. John E. Baily, of Waynesburg, and. T. Sayers Baily, of R. D. 5, Waynesburg; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lloyd Pollock, of Waynesburg, and three brothers: William E. Baily, of R. D. 5, Waynesburg, and Richard L. and Karl M. Baily, both of Carmichaels.

BAILY - Friends of Harry Baily of Waynesburg, who died Friday, Oct. 22, 1971, will be received at the Garrison Funeral Home, Waynesburg, from 7 until 9 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in charge of Rev. William M. Meyer. Burial in Green Mount Cemetery. Friends are asked to make memorials to their favorite charity.

Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)

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