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Dr. Loraine Bailey

Dr. Loraine Dolar Bailey

Saturday, September 5th, 1936 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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Loraine Bailey passed peacefully at sunrise on August 10, 2019. Beloved father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Loraine was first and foremost devoted to Lorna, his wife of 57 years. He leaves behind three daughters and sons-in-law of whom he was very proud; Janice Bailey (Grant Vandenberg), Jackie Bailey (Curt Gobert), and Vanessa Bailey (Kenton Rod). His 5 grandchildren were the great joys of his life; Matthew and Mason Gobert, Liam Vandenberg, and Catriona and Annika Rod.

Loraine’s pursuit of education brought him to Canada from the island country of St. Vincent in 1959. He studied soil science at the University of Manitoba and completed his education with a doctorate in soil science from the University of Guelph in 1971. His extraordinary research in the science of agriculture and food production resulted in national and international recognition throughout his unparalleled career and continues to influence food production across the country.

Loraine embraced the Prairies as he and Lorna built a life in Canada that was filled with cherished friends, family and neighbours, but he always retained the spirit and vibrance of his Carib home. Loraine had a patient, honest way of speaking that made him a wonderfully engaging storyteller, and he was at his happiest when surrounded by family and sharing stories of his childhood on the island. The tales of his pets, Master Willie the pig and Miss Nan the goat, and the folklore of Anansi the spider will be passed through the generations along with the memory of the intelligent, charismatic, and courageous man who lived them
Loraine is with his brothers now, and his presence will be missed terribly by all who knew him, but his love and guidance will remain forever in all of us. Rest well Loraine.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday October 12 at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in Brandon. Memorial donations in memory of Loraine may be made to a charity of choice.
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Bill & Ellen Legge

Posted at 03:13pm
Dear Lorna & family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Loraine's sudden passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.
Although Loraine and I both worked at the Brandon Research Centre for quite a few years at the same time, we did not work on the same projects very often due to our differing disciplines. However, Loraine was always to share helpful advice to me as a new scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It was much appreciated! He was also always asking me about my family and what they were doing. His interest was appreciated! I did not see Loraine very often after he retired, but when I retired over 2 years ago, we occasionally met at retiree functions like the breakfasts. We'll miss him!
With our deepest condolences,
Dr. Bill and Ellen Legge,
Brandon, MB


Posted at 05:24pm
Dear Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Bailey. I remember at my Dad's funeral 40 years ago, Loraine read a reading with such clarity, class, and reverance. Relatives were surprised when meeting Loraine (having heard about him through Dad's work travels) - Loraine was male!
I last spoke with Dr. Bailey at two different funerals held in Brandon - most recently in January 2018. He was a great friend to Dad. May Loraine's soul rest in peace. May you all receive peace as well. Sincerely, Theresa Gross


Posted at 05:06pm
Lorna & Family,
We were shocked & saddened to hear of Loraine's death. He was a special friend to Hugo & to us all!
Our deepest sympathy!
Sincerely, Bea Gross & family

Tony Hadley

Posted at 11:21pm
Dear Lorna and all of the family, our sincerest thoughts are with you. May he rest in peace.

Tony and Evelyn Hadley

byron Irvine

Posted at 04:13pm
Lorna and Family. My sincere condolences on your loss. I knew Loraine from my time at the Brandon Research Center where he was an encouraged myself and many other younger scientists.
Byron Irvine

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