Freddie J. Bailey, 88,died June 15, 2010, with his devoted daughter by his side.

Freddie was the only son of Fred Bailey and Estelle Howes Bailey Warman. He was born in the town of Knox and resided there all his life.

In earlier years he worked on farms in the area and worked in the woods cutting wood. He loved coming home with a pocket full of spruce gum! He and Violet worked a small dairy farm of their own and later raised chickens for Penobscot Poultry.

He was the basic caregiver for Violet when she developed Alzheimer’s Disease in the 1980s. Freddie enjoyed visiting with his family. The last few years of his life, his daughter Joyce, was his caregiver. One thing Freddie really enjoyed during the last months of his life was going for rides. Didn’t matter to where, just as long as he was riding and had a bottle of root beer by his side.

Freddie saw a lot of changes in his lifetime — electric lights, the phone, radio, television, cars — such stories he loved to tell to anyone who had the time to sit and listen. We don’t think of the history our elderly can share until after they are gone. Visit the elderly and listen to their stories!

He was predeceased by his wife, Violet; a son, Sidney “Sonny” Bailey; three sisters, Ava Cunningham, Avis Sprowl and Julia Elwell; a half-sister, Laura Higgins; and his parents.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Thompson, of Unity; a daughter-in-law, Donna Bailey, of Montville; three grandchildren, Becky Furrow and her husband, Jody, of Freedom, Michael Bailey and his close friend, Kelly, of Knox and Janie Gerrish and her husband, Shane, of Searsmont; seven great-grandchildren, Mariah, Caleb and Faith Furrow, Caylee and Tayven Bailey, Alex and Cole Gerrish; a sister, Sadie Ward, of Searsport; and many nieces and nephews.

Thanks are extended to Freddie’s doctor and the staff of Home Health Care of Maine, Waldo County Home Health, Belfast Area Hospice and the family and friends who helped in spending time with Freddie.

Family and friends are invited to call Friday June 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, where a funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Liz Sullivan officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Freedom. A reception will be held at Freddie’s home in Knox following the interment.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.