The picture read - “Above all things, young man, don't take yourself too god damn seriously!”
It told me to forget my human frailties and get on with my life.
- Ned Bayley
  • 96 years old
  • Born on December 29, 1918 in Washington Heights, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on May 2, 2015 in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our dad, Ned Bayley, 96, born on December 29, 1918 and passed away on May 2, 2015. 

 I Miss You
(a poem by Ned Bayley to Joyce, his late wife who died in 1997)

It's been three years now.
I'm living in a new century;
and I miss you.

I walk through beautiful gardens
and I miss you.

I tend the vegetable garden,
the garden we had planned together,
and I miss you.

I attend meetings;
I preside at a meeting,
a meeting of friends,
and I miss you.

I perform before audiences.
The audiences laugh,
and I miss you.

You and I had fitted our lives together
the way an expensive leather glove
fits the differences of each finger,
the knuckles and small bones
In the back of the hand,
the curve of the palm,
the special joint in the thumb,
and the intricate bones of the wrist.

Those last several lines
made me realize
our lives had been so fully intertwined
that, even with your death ,
you remain,
along with the love from our children
and their children,
a treasured, inseparable part of me.

Posted by Bernadette Planting on 29th December 2017
My mother's best friend, Marguerite Silverthorne, was a close friend of Ned's during the time she lived in that beautiful retirement community. I absolutely love the book he had her send to me several years ago. I've read "In these my 90 plus years" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno" a few times. I miss my mother, I miss Marguerite, and I miss hearing about your father. Peace!
Posted by Gloria Elliott on 2nd May 2017
Ned, we miss you. The Peonies that you and Joyce gave us are blooming now. They are in the front yard beside the ones that used to grow in my Mother's garden when I was growing up,
Posted by Bernadette Planting on 15th April 2016
My mother's best friend, Marguerite Silverthorne, lived in the same place as Ned in MD where they became friends. I never got to meet Ned, but I have enjoyed his book "Points of View" so much. What a wonderful man! I wish I could have met him.
Posted by Henry Jampel on 20th May 2015
I was Ned Bayley's eye doctor. He had poor vision for many years, but always kept such a positive attitude. He continued to do activities that were surprising given his vision impairment. He always sent me a holiday card. He was one of only a handful of "truly inspirational patients" that I have had the privilege of caring for. I will miss him.
Posted by Gloria Elliott on 10th May 2015
TO Ned--a long-time friend and neighbor. Luther and I were made to feel so welcome when we moved into our house on July 1, 1983. You used to put vegetables from your wonderful garden over the back fence which we shared . When you moved to Leisure World and then to Riderwood Village, you continued to order flowers from my shop. You will be missed...............
Posted by Luther Elliott on 10th May 2015
Ned, My friend when my advancing years gave opportunity to gain wisdom beyond knowledge. I shared precious minutes at the fence doing my best to express thanks for Ned's incredible generosity from his garden. He loved and respected the life all around him - his neighbors and their shared fortunes and misfortunes; even the life of his property from when his family moved to Colesville and changed a small acreage to the most incredible garden of vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers and fish in the dam built on the stream passing through. I don't believe he ever saw a day without promise of someway to make life better. Me? I love every spring, because his flowers bloom in my front yard with more splendor each year and I hope to show more of the seeds of his wisdom in me. I will never forget Ned Bayley.

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