J. Robert Baily

July 29, 1948 - July 25, 2018 Frankford, DE | Age 69 Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend.

J. Robert Baily, age 69 of Frankford, Delaware passed away peacefully on July 25, 2018 at Beebe Memorial Hospital in Lewes, Delaware.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Ruggieri Baily and his parents, Joseph S. and Marjorie MacCloskey Baily. He is survived by his daughters Mary Lou (Nick) Coutts and Alison Beth Baily, his sister Betsy Mackenzie, and his grandsons Joey and Jake Coutts. He is further survived by numerous life-long friends and extended family.

Bob or “Baily” as he was affectionately known, grew up in Kennett Square, Pa. He was a 1966 graduate of Kennett High School where he played soccer. Bob attended Goldey Beacom College, graduating with a degree in business. Bob was a well known bartender at the Anvil Inn and other popular night spots in and around Kennett Square.

He married the love of his life Debbie, and became a Vice President in the banking industry where he remained for 25 plus years. After the untimely early passing of his wife Debbie, he focused on raising his two daughters and devoting his life to them.

Baily always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He was a lifelong Philadelphia sports enthusiast. His favorite spot was sitting on his beach chair at the Outer Banks.

A Memorial Meeting  for Worship, will be held at 11:00 Saturday morning, August 11, 2018, a the Kennett Friends Meeting House ,125 W Sickle St, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. Burial will be held privately at the Old Kennett Friends Cemetery.

Bob was the fortunate recipient of an organ donation in 2009.  His family is grateful for the additional years that they had with him as a result. In lieu of flowers the family requests that friends and loved ones become an organ donor or contribute to The Gift of Life in his name http://www.donors1.org/registry/.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with Bob’s family, please visit www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

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Memorial Donations

The Gift of Life in his name http://www.donors1.org/registry/.


Memorial Service

August 11, 2018 11:00 Kennett Friends Meeting House
125 W Sickle St,
Kennett Square, Pa. 19348


Burial will be held privately at the Old Kennett Friends Cemetery.


  1. Dear Marylou and Ali,
    Sorry I could not attend Baily’s service today. I’m spending the day in deep thought with a heavy heart remembering years gone by with fond memories of your dad.

    Baily was a good friend of my brothers Glenn and Wayne. Both Debbie and Baily went to school with Glenn and Baily lived for a while with Wayne at the “farm” in Jennersville. Those days I felt like all the guys at the farm, Kenny, Bear and Baily were like my big brothers. I’ll always remember his jovial manner and infectious smile.

    I loved reading the thought of Debbie and Baily relaxing on the beach, maybe Glenn will pull up a chair too.

    Laura Marston MacDonald

    Laura MacDonald | August 11, 2018 at 6:46 PM
  2. My sincerest sympathy to your family in the loss of your dad. I worked with Bob at a West Chester bank and he always had a kind word, big smile or a laugh to share. Although I won’t be able to attend his service, he and your family will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

    Carolyn Peppernick

    Carolyn peppernick | August 10, 2018 at 5:28 PM
  3. The “one of a kind” person that Bob Baily exhibited was a simple statement to the path he chose in life. The two things important to Baily were Debbie and you kids. He was a groomsman in our wedding and we visited him after his surgery. Always close to reach by a phone call.

    As we always said we wanted to be sitting on the beach fishing in Avon, NC. once again. In his heart I am sure that is where he is with his soulmate,Debbie,relaxing.

    Dede and Mickey McLaughlin

    Mickey McLaughlin | August 8, 2018 at 3:09 PM
  4. My deepest sympathy in your loss..I was a Kennett High graduate with Bob. He was always happy and so friendly..Saw him at several reunions and hadn’t changed one bit..RIP BOB..ALways, Patti Blevins Cornette.

    Patti Cornette | August 7, 2018 at 1:18 PM
  5. Pat and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. We spent fun times in the past with Bob in Stone Harbor. Also, I was fortunate to work with your Dad at the beginning of his banking career.
    He will be remember by all for his quick wit and kind spirit and how much he loved his family.

    Richard & Pat Swift | August 4, 2018 at 9:43 AM
  6. My sincere condolences to my friend Bailey’s family. We were friends for over 40 years, growing up in our 20’s and sharing the Folly Hill Road house for many years, with many of our closets friends, what stories of great times we could all tell. I was fortunate to meet up with Bob last year over dinner at the Old Greengate (Kennett Inn). We reminisced and had some great laughs. Bob never changed one bit, he was the same old Bailey I knew from long ago, so true to himself and what he told me, so true to his daughters and wife Debbie who he loved with all his heart. This was a great man who will be sincerely missed by all. Such a gentle spirit, I wish him peace and togetherness with Debbie.
    Patti Rothman

    Patricia Rothman | August 1, 2018 at 9:38 PM
  7. Another good friend and member of Kennett’s Class of”66” has left us. Bob always had a smile and a joke to make us laugh. He will be surly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
    Tom & Marlene Brown
    Class of “66”

    Tom Brown | August 1, 2018 at 6:02 PM
  8. Mary Lou, Ali, and Betsy,
    Its so very hard to believe that Bob has left us. He had so many different roles in so many live, all positive. He was able to touch so many lives in a positive way. There is one role that he was most outstanding in and that he loved the most, being a dad. He put all his energy and love into that most important job and was so very proud of you. Full time dad and full time banker at the same time. The picture you choose for here sums him up.

    It was always reassuring for me to know that I always had him as a friend, from Hess Scott Kindergarten thru school and way beyond, all the way to end. So many other people who are lucky enough to know him were better for it.

    I know that he is now sitting on that beach chair next to your Mom on the Outer Banks, enjoying being with her and enjoying his hard earned rest. And no camper trailer to pop up on the highway on the way back home !

    Ken Webb

    Ken Webb | July 31, 2018 at 10:51 AM
  9. Our heartful condolences to your entire family in the loss of your father. Even though we only knew him about ten years, he seemed like a gentle soul. He was always very pleasant and easy to be around. Hope your memories can ease some of the pain of your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

    George and Susan Coutts | July 31, 2018 at 4:00 AM
  10. Mary Lou and Ali,
    My sister Jane, mother Elaine, and I are sad you lost your sweet father. He was so kind to us whenever we’d visit from Virginia. I enjoyed talking to him on Facebook, too. We’d watch the same ballgames and root for the same teams.
    I’m hoping he’s reuniting with our beloved cousin Debbie, who we still talk about and miss very much. Sending you girls hugs and love from down South,
    Amy Pappas, Elaine Ruggieri and Jane Hynes.

    Amy Pappas | July 30, 2018 at 7:19 PM

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