CAMDEN – Owen W. Bailey, 90, died May 31, 2014 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. His wife, Grete S. Bailey, 86, died a few days later on June 6, 2014 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Owen “Chick” was born in Melrose, Massachusetts September 30, 1923. He was a graduate of Colby College and held an M.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he went on to teach school from 1948 to 1951. He married the late Ramona Tower and joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1953, serving as an Intelligence Officer for twenty years. During World War II he was a Navy musician and in the Korean War, a Gunnery Officer on the U.S.S. Wisconsin. He worked on a military project in Washington D.C. and recruited for the C.I.A. Chick and Ramona moved to Owl’s Head, Maine upon Chick’s retirement in 1975; Ramona died in 1983.
Grete was born in New York City on June 28, 1927. She married the late Wilfred A. Slader in 1948. They moved to Crown Point, Indiana where they raised their three children. Wilfred died in 1963. Her dream was to attend college and in 1969 this dream was realized when she received her B.A. in Education from Indiana University. She and her teenage children relocated to Camden, Maine in 1969 where Grete began her career as an elementary teacher in South Thomaston. Grete retired from teaching in 1987 and then became a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA).
Chick and Grete met while living in Camden and married June 22, 1985. They were actively involved in their community and cherished time spent with their many friends and neighbors. Chick served on the board of the Camden Health Care Center and later volunteered at Pen Bay Hospital. He was a member of the Lincolnville Band and the Stan Catell Jazz Band. Grete enjoyed spending time taking walks with her dog, and frequented art showings and opera performances. She was an active participant in several Elder Hostels, traveling to Greece, Israel and England. She was involved with the Camden Garden Club and volunteered at Pen Bay Hospital. Grete and Chick enjoyed time with their children and grandchildren. They were greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Grete and Chick are survived by their three children: Jess Slader of Union; Gretchen Vasiliauskas of Ocean Park and P. Christian Slader of Yarmouth. They are also survived by seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A joint memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street, August 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Shields Mission Project, c/o the First Congregational Church of Camden.