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Charles D. Bayley, Sr.

Charles Donald Bayley, Sr., 91, of Cary, NC, died July 23, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born on October 29, 1916 in Ipswich, the son of the late Grover C. and Corinne (Morin) Bayley. Mr. Bayley spent most of his life in Ipswich where he married his beloved wife of 67 years, Verna M. (Falkingham) Bayley.

Charlie was a graduate of the former Manning High School in Ipswich and studied Electrical Engineering at Wentworth Technical Institute in Boston. He was a certified Lighting technician and, while working at Sylvania, received a patent for an electrical switch used on florescent lights. For most of his career he worked for GE in Lynn. During that time he was a key contributor in the steam turbine, jet engine, and outdoor lighting divisions. He developed a clean air baffle for cooling GE generators on railway cars and invented the original photo electric cell currently used to switch outdoor street lighting on and off.

Charlie and Verna were enthusiastic boaters and enjoyed many years of boating and fishing in and around Ipswich Bay. They also enjoyed music and became members of the North Shore Organ Society where Charlie served as President and they both enjoyed many friendships. Charlie was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and earned the rank of Captain in District 1, Division 4. He also served as Commodore of the Ipswich Outboard Club and served briefly as Ipswich Harbor Master.

Charles and Verna moved to Cary, NC in 1986 where they enjoyed many years of milder winters. There they enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cross and were active members of the local Senior Citizens club where they were honored as King and Queen. Charlie was recognized for his participation in various town activities and was appointed by the Cary Town Council for 2 terms as a member of the Advisory Board for Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind a sister, Marie (Bayley) Whiston of Ipswich; three sons, C. Donald Bayley, Jr. and his wife Alexandra of Cary, Clarke and wife Deborah of Carlisle, and Glenn and his wife Pamela of Simpsonville, SC. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Vanessa (Bayley) Grant and Allison (Bayley) Height of Cary, Alyssa (Bayley) Adams of Chelmsford, Christopher Bayley of Portland, Maine and five great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Madeline Richardson,  Winifred Fridge, and Grover C. Bayley.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday July 29 at 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, following visitation from 9 to 11 am. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Interment will be in  the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross, 100 N. Peartree Lane, Raleigh NC, 27610


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