BANGOR, HARRINGTON and MANSFIELD, Mass. – Lewis Plummer Bayley, 81, loving husband of Louise Lorraine Wood, passed away Friday, April 23, 2010. He was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Taunton, Mass., the son of Henry F. and Nora (Plummer) Bayley. At an early age, Lewis’ family moved to Mansfield, Mass., where he graduated from Mansfield High School in 1946. He was brought up in the hospitality business. His parents built a summer restaurant in Harrington, his mother’s hometown, in 1936. Each summer he worked in the restaurant. After his high school graduation he took evening hotel courses at Boston University and summer courses at Cornell University. His hotel work began in 1948 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for Alsonett Motels of Chicago. He was with the Alsonett chain for several years working in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Petersburg, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and Scottsdale, Ariz. In 1955, Lewis joined the Jack Tar hotel chain of Galveston, Texas, and remained with them for 15 years. During that time he was four years in Clearwater, Fla., and nine years as general purchasing agent in the home office in Galveston, Texas. He went on to manage the Jack Tar Orange House, Orange, Texas, when the chain was sold Lewis moved to the Holiday Inn, Orange, Texas, for a total of four years. During the last two years he made two additions to the property. He also managed properties in Beaumont, Texas, and St. Joseph, Mo. The opportunity came to move back to Massachusetts, and manage the North Hampton Hotel and the famous Wiggins Tavern. He remained for two years after the hotel was sold. Lewis was brought back to Maine after the opportunity presented its self to relocate to the Bangor Hilton Hotel. After being at the Hilton for a short time, he decided to retire from the hotel business. He bought a 10-unit apartment building on Ohio Street, and in 1989 joined Paradise IGA as they opened their new store in Brewer. He enjoyed this association for eight years then fully retired in 1995. Lewis married Margaret Mondejar of St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1954. They had four beautiful children. Lewis remarried in 1990 to Louise Wood and they had enjoyed very wonderful retirement years, consisting of several trips to California, Washington, Denver, Texas and Florida to visit family. Lewis and Louise have been very active in the Meals on Wheels program, Salvation Army and the soup kitchen at First United Methodist Church, Bangor. Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Louise (Wood) Bayley; children, Brenda Guay and her husband, Bill, Scott Bayley and his wife, Kimberly, Kelly Nabour and her husband, Don, Jeff Bayley and his partner, Stefanny, Mary Mondejar and Rene Mondejar; grandchildren, Melissa, Graham, Zachary, Adam, Desirae and Anna Belle; stepchildren, Jacqueline, Billy and his wife, Sherry, and Donna and her husband, Jerry; stepgrandchildren, Michelle, Kristina and Matt; and great-grandchildren Alyce and Blake. In addition to his parents, Lewis was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Grant; and his brother, Bruce Bayley. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1. Interment will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Forest Hills Cemetery, Harrington. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
LEWIS PLUMMER BAYLEY
Posted April 27, 2010, at 7:42 p.m.