Westley “West” Robbins Bailey

Westley “West” Robbins Bailey, 43, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Small services were held Monday, March 23 in Fort Myers, Fla. Interment was in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park.

West to everyone who knew him, was a son, brother, husband, father, and Veteran. He was born the eldest son of Jan and Cheryl Bailey of Winona. He graduated from Winona High in 1995 and went on to play his favorite sport, baseball, for Holmes Community College.  West later received a Bachelors degree and then two Masters degrees, one in Sports Administration and the other in Education.

In 2005, West moved to Florida and was most recently an assistant principal of Immokalee High School, sharing his passion for education with all who he encountered. West also joined the Florida Army National Guard and, in 2013, deployed for one year to Qatar. In 2014, he married his wife Rocio, and together they had three lively children: Brooks Dallas (5), Etta Jane (3), and Maddux Manuel (1).

West is survived by his wife, Rocio; three children: Brooks, Etta Jane and Maddux; his parents: Jan and Cheryl Bailey; sister, Anne Bailey; brother, Jon (Tracey) Bailey; grandmother, Gloria Robbins and nieces: Jane and Lily. He also leaves behind a legacy of love, radical generosity, and patriotism.

Pall bearers were: Jon Bailey, Braulio Castineira, Davey Ware, Conner Caffey, Joseph Ivy, and Charlie Tollison. Military honors were performed and a flag presented to the family by Captain, Robert D. Evans, Chaplain, U.S. Navy (Ret) and Command Sergeant Major, Gretchen G. Evans, U.S. Army (Ret). As soon as reasonably possible, a Celebration of Life will be held and all are welcome.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Americans Vetdogs to name a service dog in West’s honor (http://idon.at/rhmaksa) or a charity of your choice.


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