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Sanibel Icon Mr. Sam Bailey has passed away

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Sanibel Icon Mr. Sam Bailey has passed away

This is such sad news for all of Sanibel.

Sanibel Mayor Issues Statement on Passing of Sanibel Icon Mr. Sam Bailey

Upon notification of the passing of Mr. Sam Bailey, a Sanibel Icon and long-time Chairman of the Sanibel Historical Preservation Committee, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane issued the following statement:

"Sanibel was forever changed by Sam Bailey's life and Sanibel will never be the same with Sam Bailey's passing."

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Very sad, i'm sorry to hear this news.

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Sanibel wll not be the same without Sam Bailey.

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We met Sam Bailey the very first time we visited Sanibel. He happened to be in the store when we were shopping for groceries for our stay. Sam personally helped us load the groceries into the trunk. He was incredibly sweet and welcoming. He gave my kids packs of gum and wished us a wonderful vacation.

We found out later, that we had met THE SAM BAILEY!

We saw him in the store a handful of times since that first encounter and every time I saw him, my heart would skip a beat. You just don't find all around good guys like that any more. Except for my husband of course, who has put up with my secret crush on Sam Bailey for all these years.

Walking back into Bailey's without the possibility of seeing Sam ....is going to be hard. We'll miss you Sam.

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I first met Sam Bailey in 1961. Our family had come over to Sanibel on the ferry and had checked into the old Sanibel Cottages. We drove back to the only store on the island, Bailey's General Store. It was a wooden-sided, two-story older building on the bay side (with its own dock), at the end of Bailey Road (no surprise there). We picked up some food/supplies and purchased a five gallon bottle of water (with a deposit for the large glass bottle/dispenser), which we used for drinking water, since the well water on Sanibel tasted so bad. Sam Bailey was at the cash register and checked us out. As a ten-year-old boy, I remember Sam Bailey as a tall, thin, older man, but then every adult seemed tall and older to me. As the years have gone by we occasional saw him at Baileys or at one of the few community events we attended, as visitors. Although I got older, Mr. Bailey never seemed to change. Just my perspective. Over the years Sam Bailey and the entire Bailey family have been most generous to the people of Sanibel Island.

Bean, thanks for sharing your personal memories of Mr. Bailey. Perhaps others will also share their memories of him. I hope so.

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No regular visitor of the island can think of Sanibel without remembering the generosity and acts of kindness shown by the Bailey family, and Mr. Sam in particular. He will be sorely missed by all. I, too, will feel a touch of sadness when I return to the store on future visits, but I'm sure his loving spirit will continue to embrace Sanibel in the days and years ahead. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.

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Kudos, same sentiment here.

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I read the article about Mr. Sam Bailey with great interest, and a touch of sentimentality for a man I had never met, a time I had not the privilege of being a part of.

The original settlers of Sanibel Island, the Bailey family, the memories and stories associated with Sanibel, is what makes this small island so unique and dare I say, precious, to the American experience.

The iconic nature of the history , the rich tapestry interwoven throughout the decades, is what brings so many people from all parts of the country to Sanibel , to get a taste of the Florida that was , and is, today,in preservation and respect for nature.

I have been a visitor to Sanibel, but it is my great hope and dream , to one day , be a resident .

Thank you to the Bailey family, and to all that have made Sanibel the treasure that it is.

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It seems like the end of an era with Sam Bailey's passing. I'm positive, for the rest of our lives when we are on the island be remembering stories and talking about what he did for Sanibel. Great man.

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