ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Harry Bailey, 99 years old, born on June 18, 1921, and passed away on April 27, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Debbie Middleweek on June 6, 2021
Thinking of you today Harry forever a hero in my eyes.
Posted by Debbie Middleweek on May 28, 2021
So lucky to have had you as my next door neighbour. Many adventures with my cat shut in your house because they were visiting you and you went out to watch the football. A nicer man I couldn't have met. So eager to chat with Ray too sleep well Harry. Love from Debbie, Sam and Kathleen. xx
Posted by Ian Parsons on May 6, 2021
Dear Harry,

It was a huge privilege to have been your driver and to have attended the ceremony the day you were presented with the Legion D’Honneur.

That was in Arromanches on 5th July 2016, one of the many occasions you returned to Normandy with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

Wherever you went, you generated respect and brought smiles to the faces of everyone you met.

You will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all at the Taxi Charity.

Ian Parsons
Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans
Posted by Sherrie Phillips on April 30, 2021
Dear uncle ‘arry’
Words can’t express what a great man you was.
You was our alpha and you will be dearly missed.
We are heartbroken but happy you got to live the full life you deserved.
Posted by Nathalie Varniere on April 30, 2021
Dear Harry,
How I wish we could have spent more time together on the beaches of Normandy or in the UK. Alas, this pandemic prevented us from it.
I shall never forget your radiant smile nor your mischievous way of shaking your bucket, even if you weren't allowed to! :)
I have lovely memories of you, of moments we spent together, and I'll never forget you.
XXXX
Posted by Diane Donnelly on April 28, 2021
A Tribute From Leigh

Dear Grandad

I am so happy I got to spend so much time together, I miss watching our shows and football with you.

I have beautiful memories I will treasure forever. Thank You for being the best Grandad in the world to me.

Love you Grandad

Xxxx




Posted by Diane Donnelly on April 28, 2021
Our hearts are truly broken, we love you more than anything in this world,
Thank you for leaving us all with the most treasured memories, thank you for the love you showed your family and friends, whilst we will miss you profoundly, you are in all our hearts forever....

Toddle Pip Grandad, love you.....

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Posted by Debbie Middleweek on June 6, 2021
Thinking of you today Harry forever a hero in my eyes.
Posted by Debbie Middleweek on May 28, 2021
So lucky to have had you as my next door neighbour. Many adventures with my cat shut in your house because they were visiting you and you went out to watch the football. A nicer man I couldn't have met. So eager to chat with Ray too sleep well Harry. Love from Debbie, Sam and Kathleen. xx
Posted by Ian Parsons on May 6, 2021
Dear Harry,

It was a huge privilege to have been your driver and to have attended the ceremony the day you were presented with the Legion D’Honneur.

That was in Arromanches on 5th July 2016, one of the many occasions you returned to Normandy with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

Wherever you went, you generated respect and brought smiles to the faces of everyone you met.

You will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all at the Taxi Charity.

Ian Parsons
Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans
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Article From Taxi Charity - 29/4/2021

Shared by Diane Donnelly on April 30, 2021
WWII veteran Harry Bailey, master of the collection bucket, dies aged 99
The Taxi Charity lost another of its family yesterday when WWII veteran Harry Bailey, who was to many the face of the charity, died in hospital, surrounded by his family.
Harry Bailey, 99, from Lewisham, was a huge part of the Taxi Charity family.
He was equally loved by the veterans the charity supports and the London cabbies who volunteer their time to take the veterans on trips across Europe and the UK. Harry was a regular on all the trips and he will be greatly missed by all.
During World War II, Harry was in the Royal Army Service Corps and worked on the Mulberry Harbour as part of the D-Day Landings.
He was presented with the Légion d’Honneur in 2016, while in Normandy with the Taxi Charity.

Harry Bailey receiving the Légion d’Honneur in 2016
Harry was well known for his love of raising funds for the charity. Frans Ammerlaan, who helps to coordinate the charity trips to the Netherlands, recalls: "If Harry could see an opportunity to shake his collection bucket and raise some money he would. We welcomed Harry many times to the Netherlands and I will never forget the moment he rattled the collection bucket in front of our Defence Minister at Wageningen! Rest in Peace, Harry. We are going to miss you."

A lifelong Millwall supporter, Harry was a widower and leaves behind a daughter, Anne.
Veronica Quinn, Head of Hospitality & Events at Millwall Football Club, said: "I've known ‘Sir Harry’ since he first graced our club with his wonderful charm and funny sense of humour ten years ago. I remember him fondly chasing me around the building for some match tickets as he was such a big fan. Harry was a kind and inspirational gentleman. My staff and I will miss him very much from the annual visit to The Den with the wonderful Taxi Charity but will always remember him with so much fondness. Rest in Peace, dear Harry. Lost but never forgotten. Deepest sympathy to all Harry's extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

London cabbie and volunteer for the Taxi Charity, Graham Pike, said: "Many of us will have cried on hearing the news about Harry passing away. To me he was family, and his passing will leave a massive hole that will never be filled. Goodbye, my friend."
Ian Parsons, Chairman of the Taxi Charity, said: "Harry had a very special place in the hearts of everyone at the Taxi Charity. He was our ‘Collector Extraordinaire’ and to many was the face of the charity. Wherever we were, either in the UK or abroad, Harry would always take any opportunity to shake a collection bucket. In 2019, we had a special Taxi Charity collectors’ jacket and his own collection bucket made especially for him with his name on it. He was an avid Millwall supporter, and I remember when he was introduced to the actor Ray Winstone, a West Ham fan, they shared some banter about the rivalry of the two teams. There are so many fabulous stories about Harry that we could talk about him for hours. He will be greatly missed."



Article From Charity Today

Shared by Diane Donnelly on April 30, 2021

WWII veteran Harry Bailey, 99, from Lewisham, was a huge part of the Taxi Charity family. He was equally loved by the veterans the charity supports, and the London cabbies who volunteer their time to take the veterans on trips across Europe and the UK. Harry was a regular on all the trips, and he will be greatly missed by all.

During the Second World War, Harry was in The Royal Army Service Corps and worked on the Mulberry Harbour as part of the D Day Landings. He was presented with the Legion d’honneur in 2016 while in Normandy with the Taxi Charity.

Harry was well known for his love of raising funds for the charity, and Frans Ammerlaan, who helps to coordinate the charity trips to The Netherlands, recalls:

“If Harry could see an opportunity to shake his collection bucket and raise some money, he would. We welcomed Harry many times to The Netherlands, and I will never forget the moment he rattled the collection bucket in front of our Defence Minister at Wageningen! Rest in Peace, Harry; we are going to miss you.”

A lifelong Millwall supporter, Harry was a widower and leaves behind a daughter Anne.

Veronica and the team from Millwall Football Club said:

“I’ve known ‘Sir Harry’ since he first graced our club with his wonderful charm and funny sense of humour 10 years ago. I remember him fondly chasing me around the building for some match tickets as he was such a big fan. Harry was a kind and inspirational gentleman. My staff and I will miss him very much from the annual visit to The Den with the wonderful Taxi Charity but will always remember him with so much fondness. Rest in Peace, dear Harry. Lost but never forgotten. Deepest sympathy to all Harry’s extended family and friends. Thoughts and prayers are with them.”

London cabby and volunteer for the Taxi Charity, Graham Pike, said:

“Many of us will have cried on hearing the news about Harry passing away. To me, he was family, and his passing will leave a massive hole that will never be filled. Goodbye, my friend.”

Ian Parsons, Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said:

“Harry had a very special place in the hearts of everyone at the Taxi Charity. He was our ‘Collector Extraordinaire’ and to many was the face of the charity. Wherever we were, either in the UK or abroad, Harry would always take any opportunity to shake a collection bucket. In 2019 we had a special Taxi Charity collectors’ jacket and his own collection bucket made especially for him with his name on it. He was an avid Millwall supporter, and I remember when he was introduced to the actor Ray Winstone, a West Ham fan, they shared some banter about the rivalry between the two teams. There are so many fabulous stories about Harry that we could talk about him for hours. He will be greatly missed.”

To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans, please visit: www.taxicharity.org.

One of Leigh’s favourite Pictures

Shared by Diane Donnelly on April 28, 2021
Leigh took this picture herself and wanted to share it with you all...
Every year At Christmas Grandad loved getting gifts just like this....