IN TRIBUTE: New Jersey State Corrections Officer David “Brother in Blue” Bailey will be cremated on Saturday following a funeral service. Visiting is on Friday and Saturday morning. Here are the details:
Bailey, 33, died at the Piscataway home he shared with his wife and young son on Monday after a battle with cancer — a day after his eighth wedding anniversary.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, N.J. Cremation is private.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday before services begin.
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Bailey began his career at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center and then moved on to the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale and became a highly-respected instructor at the New Jersey Department of Corrections Training Academy in Sea Girt.
“He was a good cop and a great academy instructor,” a close friend told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
According to his obituary, Bailey also loved to travel and spend time with his family.
Besides his wife, Latoya Edwards Bailey, and his son, Aidan, Bailey is survived by his mother, Doreen Wilson-Bailey; his sisters, Lori Hayes-Bogart and Erica Lynn Hayes; and by Crystal Miller, who is described as being like a sister to him.
Bailey was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a little over a year ago and fought an intense battle throughout.
He was placed into hospice and brought home in May to be with his wife and Aidan.
Bailey’s medical retirement, which took several months to obtain, only just kicked in this month.
Latoya S. Edwards-Bailey told CLIFFVIEW PILOT early last month that David was holding up well. That was just a day before the Officer Down 9th Annual Motorcycle Run, which raised money to help defray the family’s bills.
Those who’ve contributed or raised money also hope it can help guarantee that Aidan goes to college someday.
Toward that end, the MYCF is sponsoring the First Annual David Bailey Golf Classic at the Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale on Aug. 24.
For more information, contact Scott Turdo: (908) 235-8696 (or click on the link above).
Also, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made either to the Aidan Bailey College Fund or to Officer Down™, Inc. is a statewide not-for-profit organization committed to helping any permanently disabled or deceased New Jersey law enforcement officers and their families in times of need.
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