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Richard Melvin Bailor
October 20, 1951 ~ May 20, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Richard M. Bailor (71), of Scotia, passed away the evening of May 20th, 2023 after a heroic seven-year battle with kidney and brain cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and dear friends.
Richard, fondly known as Mel, was born to Jean Helen Bailor and Melvin Richard Hoagland II, on October 20th,1951, in Schenectady, NY. He attended Schenectady City Schools, graduating from Mt. Pleasant, class of 1969. Mel always considered himself a proud hippie and activist, part of the Counter Culture movement. He always reminisced fondly about the live music he saw during this period; truly the stuff of legend. One of his dearest friends died during the Vietnam war, an event which struck him deeply and which remained with him his entire life.
Mel worked for the city of Schenectady starting in 1984 and served in many roles. He worked at the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority for many years, and eventually the department of code enforcement until his retirement in 2012. Mel was known for his common sense approach, his sense of humor, fairness, and compassionate sense of humanity.
Mel had many passions. He made the absolute most of life and wore many hats. His favorite of those hats was that of being a father, often expressing what a blessing his sons were to him.
He was an avid cook and appreciated a good meal - everyone loved whatever he cooked up. He was famous for his Super Bowl spreads,specifically his guacamole, amongst other specialties. At heart he was a builder, having fully restored four homes, numerous expansions, and countless projects. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need or share his encyclopedic knowledge. If it could break, there was a good chance he could repair it, earning him the nickname of "Mr. Fix-it".
A creative mind, he had a deep appreciation of art, and a gift of bringing his creativity to life through his own artistic talent. He also loved antiques and restoration. Hunting flea markets and antique shows was a long held pastime. Additionally, he was a life-long automotive enthusiast, having rebuilt countless engines and restored many classic cars. His El Camino was a favorite. He was a regular at swap meets, both as a buyer and seller.
He had a deep love of travel: from exploring the Deserts of Nevada, to the many peaks of the Adirondacks. Maine held a special place in his heart: he loved his Maine lobster.
Richard is survived by his wife Kathleen Dobies Bailor, and his two loving sons, Jason Karl Bailor, and Travis James Bailor, as well as various half-siblings throughout the country.
Calling hours will be held on June 9th at DeLegge Funeral home from 5:00-7:00 pm. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mel’s memory to a charity of one's choice.