We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wood Funeral Home
Randy Harold Bailey, 68 of Manahawkin NJ passed away on August 16th at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He is the son of predeceased parents Bobby and Irene, Predeceased sister Linda Bailey. Husband to wife Linda Taft-Bailey who passed last September. He is survived by Son Joseph and daughter in law Autumn, Daughter Sarah and son in law David. He is also survived by nephew Travis Berger of Princeton West Virginia.
Randy’s family moved to NJ in 1962 from Princeton WV settling in Lacey Twp. He attended Central Regional High School in Bayville playing baseball and football graduating in 1972. He attended Rutgers University for various certifications for water and waste water operator. Randy was the water and sewer supervisor for Tuckerton Boro previously with Manchester Twp. and Hopewell Twp.
Randy’s real passion was Bluegrass music already a guitar player he took up the upright bass after frequenting the Albert bros. cabin Saturday night jam sessions. Randy transitioned over to the Albert Music Hall in Waretown NJ, becoming the bass player for many different bands and artists over the years. He also frequented the old M&M hall in Old Bridge NJ ran by the folks of the Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association of NJ.
Randy’s music took him up and down the east coast and as far as Colorado, playing with and opening up for Hall of Fame Bluegrass and Country artists. He never knew a stranger or enemy and always focused on creating a connection with anyone he came in contact with. He was just one of those types of people.
Randy hosted the Bluegrass Jam at Brookdale Community College radio station for over 20 years.
In lieu of a viewing there is a tentative memorial show at the Albert Music Hall
In lieu of flowers we’d like you to donate to the Albert Music Hall
Address: Pinelands Cultural Society
PO Box 657 Waretown, NJ 08758
Donations can made out to PCS and in memo put in memory of Randy Bailey.