St. Augustine City Manager, John Regan, issued the following statement this morning regarding the death of Mr. John D. Bailey Sr.
“The elected officials and entire staff of the City of St. Augustine join the community in sending our condolences to the family of John D. Bailey Sr. who died last Friday, August 17.
“We also join in recognizing, praising and celebrating the life of Mr. Bailey.
“As an elected official, he served St. Augustine during some pivotal times. He was elected to the City Commission in 1963 and became Mayor just two years later presiding over the city’s 400th anniversary in 1965.
“Mr. Bailey’s influence in St. Augustine stretches far beyond his public service in government. He cared for our community through his service on the boards of many charitable organizations and on those of businesses important to the community’s livelihood. His many, many contributions has touched the lives of so many, many people in our community.
“In 1977, Mr. Bailey was honored by the city with the Order of La Florida, being the third person to receive the city’s highest award of which there are only 20 recipients.
“Mr. Bailey exemplifies those who believe they have received so much from their community they can never give enough back, but they continue to try.”
The flags at City Hall, 75 King St., will fly at half-staff on the day of Mr. Bailey’s interment, August 28, as is the custom upon the death of former mayors and recipients of the de Avilés Award or the Order of La Florida.