Harry Edward Bailey, 73, U.S. Marine Corps veteran who sailed almost every ocean

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Capt. Harry Edward Bailey died on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from Alzheimer’s.

He was a lifelong athlete and sportsman and wanted to say goodbye in his own words.

‘This has been a wonderful life! I have had the privilege to serve our great country for over 31 years. I have sailed in every sea and ocean on the planet, except the Antarctic, and have had the honor to serve with the best sailors and Marines in the world. To my shipmates, fair winds and following seas…to my Marines, Semper Fi!

“A man is blessed to have a loving family and faithful friends, I have been such a man. To my children, Todd, Deborah and Leigh Ann, and their spouses Anita, Kevin and Jeff; to my grandchildren Ali, T.J., Brigid, Eddie, Caelan, Tyler and Molly…you have my heart and pride. To my friends, I am honored that we have shared this life together, thank you! I will miss you all! To Gracie, my extraordinary service dog, we found each other just in time and shared a special bond.

“And to my best friend, my partner in life for over 50 years, the love of my life, Audrey. I will be with you forever, Harry.”

Our family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, aides and trainers who have been with us on this journey. We ask that in lieu of flowers you consider donating to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, paws4people.org, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice in Capt. Bailey’s memory.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.

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