Michael's Story

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FORT KENT - Michael Milne Bayly, 82, died October 30, 2015 at Borderview Rehabilitation and Living Facility in Van Buren. He was born April 27, 1932 in New York and grew up in Portland, Oregon, the son of Russell and Isabel Wilson Bayly.

He was predeceased by his wife Joanne Bollam Bayly; his twin brother Russell Wilson Bayly, his son-in-law Patrick Ouellette, his parents and stepfather Donald Johnson. Michael is survived by his daughter Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, his sister Diana Baird, his nieces Leslie Baird, Laurie Baird, a nephew Scott Baird and two great-nephews all of Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by his special canine pal Corky of Fort Kent and the two house cats who now have to wait to be let in as they no longer have him at their beck and call.

Michael attended Shawnigan Lake School in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada, where he played Rugby as a proud resident of Grove House. He served in the United States Army 1951-1952 in Korea where he was wounded by mortar and gunfire while rescuing a fallen comrade from a minefield. For his service he earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Michael married Joanne Bollam in 1959 after they met at Joanne's family cabin in Rhododendron, Oregon, at the foot of Mt. Hood. "The Cabin" remained one of Michael's favorite places and it was the last place of which he spoke just before his death.

He moved to Fort Kent in 2003 due to medical reasons to live with his daughter and son-in-law on their rural farm. Coming from the larger city of Portland, Oregon, it only took Michael about six years to stop referring to northern Maine as "The middle of oblivion." While unable to actively participate in many of the day-to-day happenings on the farm, Michael did enjoy watching and commenting on the various goings' on and lending a hand whenever he could. A year ago he moved to Borderview Rehabilitation and Living Center in Van Buren where the kind, compassionate and dedicated nursing staff in the skilled care unit became his new family. Their attention to his care was a source of constant comfort to both Michael and his family.

At some point in the coming year Michael's ashes will be returned to rest with his wife in Portland, Oregon. Per his request, there will be no funeral and the family suggests donations to a Veterans' organization or animal rescue organization in his memory.
Published on  November 11, 2015
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