In Loving Memory
November 1, 1938 – February 17, 2017
Charles ‘Charlie’ Jacobus Bailie, age 78, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 following a long struggle with his health.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Marentha (Bannerholt) Bailie; 3 stepchildren whom he loved as his own, Kim (Dean) Akre, Tamara Letkeman (Henri Persaud) and Shawn (Deanna) Letkeman; Elizabeth Bailie, former wife and mother of his 3 children, Maggie (Ed) Smith, Shirley (Gerry) Bzowy and Michael Bailie; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many close friends and nieces and nephews in South Africa.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was predeceased by his parents, Montague Tamplin Hope Bailie and Maria Johanna Corneelse; and his 3 brothers, Monty, Dudley and Fred.
After his mandatory service in the military, at the age of 27, he immigrated to New Brunswick, Canada to begin his career as Safety Director in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Charlie continued working in safety roles which brought him to the Potash industry near Saskatoon for 14 years. He then accepted a position with BE&K Construction in the USA in 1988 and obtained his US citizenship.
He had a strong work ethic and was responsible for the health and safety of thousands of employees over the years. His job took him to several locations within the United States, but their main home was in Mobile, Alabama.
Charlie enjoyed traveling to South Africa, Denmark, and many cruises including Alaska, Caribbean and Panama. He made new friends during these travels whom he remained in contact with.
Sports were also a big part of his life. He played rugby for 27 years, enjoyed racquetball, fishing, and golf. He had a love for animals, nature, art and music. He was a life long learner and spent many hours in his home office on his computer.
After retirement, he spent several years attending Springhill Rehabilitation Hospital where he became close with many other members and staff. He received ongoing friendships and support even after he was no longer able to go.
Charlie was a very kind and charitable man who always put the needs of others before his, regularly giving away personal items to friends and people in need. He had a positive outlook on life and kept his sense of humor to his last day. Always a joke up his sleeve, he had the ability to make everyone laugh. Charlie was a loving husband, father and friend. Many of his close friends considered him to be more of a brother.
This wonderful man will be greatly missed and will remain forever in our hearts.
The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.