ARLINGTON, Va. – Thomas Herbert Bailey passed away unexpectedly Oct. 27, 2009, at his home. Tom was born March 3, 1953, in Augusta, first son of Frank Herbert and Priscilla Mae (Lahaye) Bailey. After graduating from Calais Memorial High School in 1971, he attended Husson College and graduated from Springfield (Mass.) Technical College. Hopefully every family has their eccentric, and Tom was the one who showed our family the joy of living outside the box and following one’s dreams. His passion for invention and electronic innovations brought him to Washington, D.C., after graduation and he began his career working with the U.S. Patent Office. His specialty was electronic patent innovations in these incredible past decades of astronomical growth. Although electronics were his profession, the gearbox and carburetor on his Jeep CJ5 were his passion. Tom was predeceased by his parents. Tom is survived by his brother, Mike and his wife, Debbie and their daughters, Lindsay and Kate, of Searsmont; his sister, Pat Webber and her husband, Mike, of Belfast; and his brother, Rob of Calais. A gathering will be held in his memory 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Michael Bailey’s residence in Searsmont.