TILTON — William C. Bayley, 96, a longtime resident of Northfield and Tilton, died peacefully, Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Franklin Regional Hospital, with his family at his side, following a period of failing health. He was born in Northfield, September 21, 1917, son of George C. Bayley and Annie (Thomas) Bayley. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the Tilton Preparatory School, class of 1935. He later took courses in business administration at Becker College in Worcester, MA. He joined the United States Envelope Company, the largest maker of envelopes in the world, where he worked until 1941. Bill was employed with Public Service Company for several years and later opened and operated the former Arch Appliance Center in Tilton for 32 years, retiring in 1982. Bill and his wife Belle enjoyed their retirement traveling as well as their favorite pastime, dancing as often as time permitted. Their passion for MGB British cars brought them much joy participating in shows and touring throughout New England and beyond. He served as a director of the former Citizen's National Bank in Tilton and was an incorporator of the former Iona Savings Bank in Tilton.
Bill served with the Merchant Marines as a purser and later served with the U. S. Army Air Corps in Europe from 1942 until 1946, with the 12th Tactical Air Command as administrative NCO, discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He served in England, France, Germany and Austria before returning home to marry his wife Belle. He was a Mason and member of Rotary International for many years. Bill was honored in 2010 as Tilton's oldest resident and was presented with the Boston Post Cane (his father held the Cane for Northfield from 1946 until 1950). The Bayley family wishes to thank the staff at the Peabody Home and Franklin Regional Hospital for the exceptional care given to Bill during his stays. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Isabelle "Belle" (Flagg) Bayley who died in 2003.
His family includes his daughter: Susan Walker Bayley and her partner Karolyn Joy Carpenter of Tilton; his son Brett Thomas Bayley and his wife Deborah of San Diego, CA; granddaughter Sarah Ross Bayley of San Diego and grandson, Brett William Bayley of Long Beach, CA.
According to Bill's wishes, there are no calling hours. Services will be private at the discretion of his family. He will be buried with his wife Belle at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Bill's name to the "Bus Fund", Peabody Home, 24 Peabody Place, Franklin, NH 03235 or to the charity of one's choice.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com