Obituary: John Bailey McKee, 74

He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School and worked for Bristol Babcock for over 40 years.


John Bailey McKee, 74, died peacefully at his home on November 24, 2012.

John was born on October 5, 1938 in Waterbury a son of the late John A. and Ernestine (Bailey) McKee.

Bailey, as he was known to his family, was a life long resident of Naugatuck. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School and worked for Bristol Babcock for over 40 years. As a young child he was stricken with polio which left him with physical challenges. Despite this, he enjoyed playing golf for many years until it became too difficult to move around the course.

Bailey first developed an interest in history in his childhood through his hobby of rock collecting and later through clocks and furniture. That eventually led him to the Naugatuck Historical Society of which he was a proud member.

Bailey leaves behind his sister, Linda McKee Wohlgemuth and her husband Fred of W. Hartford, his 3 nieces and their families.

John's family would like to thank the Naugatuck Police and EMTs for their quick and caring response; both showed impressive professionalism and consideration to the family.

Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave, Naugatuck is in charge of arrangements.

They kindly suggest that memorial gifts be made to the: Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770.

To place online condolences please logon to: www.buckmillerbrothers.com.

Wendy Murphy November 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Bailey was much more than a member of the Naugatuck Historical Society. He was active member of the Board of Directors for years, a regular volunteer, and a docent. He was a firm beliver in the mission of the Society and regularly contributed to the Museum and Society. I know I will miss him personally and the Society as a whole will miss him as well.


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