Jim Bailey Memorial Fund
On July 25th, 2009, James Paul Bailey suffered a massive heart attack and went to be with our Lord in his heavenly home. Jim is deeply missed by his wife, Valerie, his family and many friends. He is remembered for his generous, kind heart, and willingness to help anyone, particularly children, in need. During the summer of 2006, Jim and Valerie traveled to Malawi, Africa with Heart for Africa on a mission trip that would change their lives forever. They are pictured here (Jim in the white sweatshirt) in Malawi with their planting team, on one of their first days there.
In Jim’s memory, Valerie has established a Memorial Fund with Heart for Africa. All funds will be given to furnish a Babies’ Home which is currently being built in Swaziland, part of a wonderful community called Project Canaan. If you would like to help the children of Swaziland in Jim’s memory, please give generously today.
The following is Jim’s obituary, written by Valerie
James Paul Bailey was born in Gary, Indiana on April 8, 1953 to Jayne and Paul Bailey. He has one sister, Jayne. Jim had a typically mid-western, happy childhood and loved all sports from a very early age. He was a true Hoosier, who played baseball, basketball and football on teams and with neighborhood friends. In high school, he lettered in basketball, track and field and also played on a State Championship Bowling team.
In 1976, Jim graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Economics and in 1978, he obtained his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Jim and Valerie met at Valparaiso during their senior year and were married on July 30, 1977.Jim began his professional career with Arthur Young and Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a management consultant, specializing in information technology for energy companies throughout the country. The majority of his career was spent with Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP in Tampa and San Francisco, where he became a Managing Director for the West Coast Energy Practice.
Jim loved children and he and Valerie sponsored many through the Christian Children’s Fund and Compassion International. He also built homes for Habitat for Humanity and was involved in church mission trips to Mexico and South America. In 2006, he and Valerie traveled to Malawi, Africa with Heart for Africa, which was a life-changing mission trip. He cared deeply for those who were less fortunate and always gave generously to anyone in need.
Jim was an avid tennis player and served on the Board of White Columns Country Club, representing the interests of the tennis community. In his memory, an annual tennis tournament has been established and contributions are being given to Heart for Africa in his honor.
Jim loved his Lord and lived his life according to God’s precepts. He is deeply missed by his wife of 32 years, his family and many friends and his two beloved dogs, Dusty and Chevas.
The following is a poem, written by Kevin Ferguson, a teammate and friend, in fond memory of Jim.
Melancholy encroaches on the lines that we face
Subtle drops of dew fall like tears on the net that we face
The yellow balls sit idle why do they seem so out of place
Many mournful eyes stare deeply into space
Memories of camaraderie and joy that always filled this space
Are now tempered with the reflection of one smiling face
We will always remember the way you served God and all people with such grace
and the left-handed spin that created many an ace
Jim Bailey, loving husband to Val, friend, neighbor and teammate will always have a place
in our minds, hearts and fond memories in the future that we face.