BAILEY, Lois - Peacefully after a brief illness, at University Hospital on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Lois Gaynell Bailey, nee Hashek of London and Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Harvey Bailey. Loving mother of Leanne Cristall of Nova Scotia. Dear Grandmother of Dominique and Sam. Lovingly remembered by her stepchildren Lee Bailey (Trish), Lynn (Michael, and their children Matthew and Lauren), Michael Bailey (Helen and children A.J. and Avery) and Libby (Drew and daughter Samantha). Sister-in-law of Dr. Stewart (Beth) Bailey and Alan (Jane) Bailey.
As a child growing up in Toronto, Lois enjoyed catching frogs with her father in Grenadier Pond, bringing home stray dogs, and petting the buffalo through the fence at the High Park Zoo. Several years ago she revisited the Zoo, and was thrilled to reunite with the buffalo again. As a teenager Lois played hockey in the Montreal Forum. As an expectant mother Lois taught young ordinance officers and operated the UNIVAC computer in Montreal.
A truly original woman, exuberant and exasperating, Lois could bring down a power grid by pushing a button in an elevator, taking a seat at the hair dresser, or opening her mouth at the dentist. She may have brought about the most intense ever recorded hurricane, ‘Wilma’, on her first and only cruise through the Panama Canal.
“It could only happen to me"
A fierce Monarchy objector, and proud Canadian, Lois refused to rise for God Save the Queen, and God Save anyone who tried to urge her otherwise. Her laughter, so often and predictably at a grave or inopportune moment, was totally, completely, and utterly contagious.
When Lois met Harvey in Edmonton in 1973 the Universe cracked with their Big Love. Harvey gave Lois a dozen red roses on the 12th day of every month during their marriage in honour of the day he met her and he never missed once. Together they demolished and rebuilt several homes with reckless abandon and no regard for the impossible.
After Lois lost Harvey she carried on their tradition and totaled and redesigned a house in Bayport, Nova Scotia, in a manner that would have made him proud.
Lois had a deep and fearless love of all animals throughout her life and befriended and housed an astounding array of wildlife. Remembrances may be made to the World Wildlife Fund.
There will never be another one like her,
She will be deeply and terribly missed,
Please raise a martini,
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