The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)



Sherrill-john (Jack) Charles Bailey, 80, of Sherrill, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 at Oneida Healthcare. Born January 7, 1941, in Chicago, IL and adopted at the age of 18 months by Cletus and Marion Bailey of Knoxville, IL. Jack grew up in Knoxville, IL, attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he met his future wife Mary K. Taylor. Jack transferre­d and graduated from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL in 1963. On June 15th, 1963 Jack and Mary were married and began their life’s journey in Milwaukee, WI. Jack was employed as a commercial artist and photograph­er at the advertisin­g agency of Rumack–abert for four years. He continued his career as a commercial artist with Milwaukee Paper Lace, a subsidiary of Smith-lee Company of Oneida, NY in 1967. Four years later, Jack transferre­d to the Oneida headquarte­rs of Smith-lee and moved with his family to Sherrill, NY. He worked at Smith-lee in a variety of roles from Art Director to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. In 1982, he and his partners purchased the Company and grew it to the successful organizati­on that it became. Jack worked tirelessly for Smith-lee until his retirement in 2000. Jack devoted much of his time to Christ Church United Methodist in Sherrill, NY; serving on administra­tive boards and creating weekly bulletins and all of the event advertisin­g. His wonderful sense of humor was expressed daily in many ways, including creating personaliz­ed and heartfelt greeting cards for family and friends. Jack expressed his creativity through his love of computer technology and became a wonderful resource for the Church and others in our community. Jack was a very thoughtful and generous volunteer of his time and energy. We enjoyed many summers as passionate boaters in the Thousand Islands. Our family will miss his wonderful Sunday morning breakfasts, the fun and joy that he brought to family gatherings, and his keen interest in meeting new people. He offered positive guidance and support to his children and grandchild­ren. Jack was predecease­d by his parents and his infant sister Kathe Jean Bailey. Jack is survived by the love of his life, Mary, son Christophe­r and daughter-in-law Marie of Skaneatele­s, son Michael of Chattanoog­a and daughter Ann and son-in-law Justin Dougall of Oneida; his beloved grandchild­ren Jack, Ryan, Sarah, and Grace (Chris); Kate, Kendall, Cole, Sommer, and Boone (Mike); and Jacob and Hannah (Ann). Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 23rd, at Malecki Funeral Home in Sherrill. A Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 24th, at Christ Church United Methodist in Sherrill with reception to follow. Online condolence­s may be sent to maleckifun­

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