For many years Fred Bailey was the well-known figure in Congresbury British Legion, always featuring in the Remembrance Day services, so villagers were sad to learn of his death at the age of 96.
His last appearance in the village was in a wheelchair at the service outside the War Memorial Hall in November, as by then he was living in a residential home in Yatton.
Born in Southwark, Fred lived in the London area most of his life, working as an advertising executive for Saachi & Saachi from the age of 19, until he retired at 70.
He moved from Essex to Silverstone Way, Congresbury in 1997, as his daughter lives in Claverham.
He joined the Royal Artillery in the 2nd World War, serving with the Eighth Army in El Alamein, Montecasino and Trieste.
With a gift for singing popular ballads, he appeared with an Italian band, sang on Forces Radio, and made a couple of records, one of which, “If I loved you” will be played at his funeral.
He was demobbed in 1946 and, despite an approach to become a professional singer, he returned to his original advertising job and concentrated on becoming a family man.
He remained a committed member of the Royal British Legion all his life, eventually becoming President of the Congresbury branch.
He was a member of the Congresbury Bowling Club and the Over 60’s.
Fred was married to Doris for 67 years, and she sadly died last November.
He leaves four children, one daughter having pre-deceased him in 1990, and four granddaughters.
The funeral was on January 24 in St.. Andrew’s church, Congresbury.