Tributes paid to Max Bailey - former president of Coronation Club in Scunthorpe who has died at 72
Tributes have been paid to a well-known former president of the Coronation Club in Scunthorpe.
Maxwell Bailey – known as Max – died on Sunday, September 2 at the age of 72, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia.
Mr Bailey moved to Scunthorpe 43 years ago with his wife Doreen, who was originally from Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire.
Susan Hayes, one of Mr Bailey's two daughters, said: "He had a varied career but more memorable and long standing job roles were with Holloway's Coaches.
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"Another job was with BOC as a site operator.
"He worked there for many years and was a very well-known member of staff."
Mr Bailey was nominated to be president of the Coronation Club for a number of years, until it was decided he should remain a lifelong president.
Mrs Hayes, who has a sister Mandy, said her parents put a lot of effort into running the club.
She said: "Dad and mum enjoyed socialising in their local Coronation Club on Rowland Road and over the years developed a passion for keeping it alive and afloat during hard financial times.
"They worked together and with others, on a voluntary basis, as committee persons, running raffles and scratch cards and calling bingo for many years.
"They successfully managed to turn it around to better times.
"He was a very fun-loving, hard-working family man, who enjoyed music and song and developed a passion for the guitar which was self-taught.
"He strummed many a tune at home and occasionally at the Coronation Club."
Mr Bailey developed Parkinson's disease around 15 years ago.
Mrs Hayes, who now lives in Oldham, said: "Due to the decline in dad's health, they both made the decision to sell their house and move to Oldham.
"This was merely because there were more of us there who could support my mum in dealing with dad's very demanding condition.
"My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer and sadly passed away on September 22, 2009.
"For dad, this led to my husband and I carrying on with his caring needs.
"There was no way he could move back home to Cottage Beck Road, so eventually his house was sold.
"We had him living with us for nearly 12 months. But because of so many changes to dad's life, his condition deteriorated even more rapidly and we had to make the very sad decision to move him into a care home.
"But he never lost his sense of humour or his personality."
Mr Bailey's funeral was held in Oldham and a celebration of his life was held after at the Coronation Club on Monday, September 10.
Mrs Hayes said: "For all those who attended the wake, thank you for your respects.
"And thank you to Pam and Ray, the steward and stewardess, who prepared the buffet and opened up the club."
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