Deacon Normand C. Bailey, who held the distinction of serving as the first ordained permanent deacon in St. Rose Parish, Belmar, died Aug. 25 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. He was 86.
Funeral services will be held Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 in St. Rose Church, 603 7th Ave., Belmar. On Aug. 29, Deacon Bailey’s body will be received in the church at 2 p.m. followed by visitation hours until 4 p.m. and then from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Born in Nashua, N.H., Deacon Bailey graduated from South Western University, Washington, and was employed for 30 years as a budget officer for the U.S. Government in Washington. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his retirement from government service he worked in Taylor’s Hardware in Belmar.
Deacon Bailey was ordained a deacon for the Trenton Diocese May 14, 1994, by Bishop John C. Reiss. In St. Rose Parish, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Altar-Rosary Society and he and his wife, Marie, served as bereavement counselors for 17 years. He was also a volunteer in pastoral care in Jersey Shore Medical Center.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, Marie (Pearson) Bailey, Deacon Bailey is survived by two daughters, Maria Tischio of Shark River Hills, Neptune, and Michele (Mic hael) Marsango of Lakewood; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren, a sister and two nephews.
Deacon Bailey will be buried in St. Anne Cemetery, Wall. Memorial donations may be made to St. Rose Parish.[[In-content Ad]]