Tonight I got the call no one wants to receive. My long time fiend Rich Baily died yesterday. We lived on adjacent blocks in Canton, Mo. Each of our houses were our home away from home for each other.
We both drew pictures though Rich had a talent for drawing. My interest turned to photography and his to painting. We made many model airplanes sometimes working on them together.
As we were growing up, no one had air conditioning in their homes. But Rich’s dad, L.C. Baily, owned the Canton Ice and Fuel Company. In the heat of the summer, Rich and I would go to the ice plant down by the river, grab a bottle of cream soda from his dad’s cooler and move to the ice storage room. We would sit on 500 pound cakes of ice in a walk-in freezer. We did that many, many times.
I moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo. for the sixth trough eleventh grades but my family made trips back to Canton during those years and I always stayed with Rich. We both found ourselves at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale-he studying painting and I photography.
I always joked with him that I could make thousands of pictures in the time he could do one painting.
In recent years, I diverted my motorcycle trips through Canton to see Rich and Gary Glasgow, another friend of ours. My most recent visit was in September.
Rich was 68 years old and I suppose we were friends for most of those years. Our mothers had given us permission to play outside but we were both under strict orders not to cross the street. As we lived on adjacent blocks, those orders from our mothers were a real barrier. “We discovered one another but couldn’t cross the street. We just sat on our respective curbs and stared at one another,” Rich said.
It is always tough to lose a friend. But the memories stay with me and there are plenty of them.
Richard L. Baily
(October 12, 1945 – November 3, 2013)
Richard L. Baily, age 68, of Canton, Missouri, died November 3, 2013 at Lewis County Nursing Home, in Canton.The son of Lawrence C. and Louise Wilson Baily was born October 12, 1945 in Quincy, Illinois.
Richard graduated from Canton High School in 1963 and majored in art at Kirksville State Teachers College and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
He was an accomplished artist, restored automobiles, an ardent student of World War II and of the history of railroads in Northeast Missouri, and an avid reader.
Rich is survived by his sister, Diane Baily Carlstone and husband, Larry, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nephews, Spencer Carlstone and wife, Amanda, and children, Callie, Tatum, Lindley, Amelia, Sibley, and Palmer Carlstone of Pella, Iowa; and Reed Carlstone and wife, Whitney, and sons, Strohm and Shepherd Carlstone of Plano, Texas; Uncle Stanley Wilson and wife, Kay, of Canton, and several cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Baily; aunts Doris Wilson, Miriam Baily Bell and Cena Baily Bleigh.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Davis Funeral Home, Canton, Missouri. Burial will follow in Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Canton Art Council