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Thaddeus Jude Bailey

Thaddeus Jude Bailey of Plainwell passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the age of 66 due to heart failure. He was the son of Dr. John and Blanche (Ailward) Bailey. He is survived by his son Matthew (Stacy) Bailey, two stepsons, Caleb (Michele) and Levi (Jessica) Scheenstra, eight grandchildren (Katelyn, Jackson, Johanna, Ethan, Claire, Cecilia, Josiah, and Jacob), one great grandchild (Rylan), and many, many friends whom he considered family. Thad was born in Kalamazoo on September 23rd, 1954 and lived most of his life in Plainwell. He graduated from Plainwell High School and earned a registered nursing degree from KVCC after working at James River. He then spent 25 years in ICU/CCU at Borgess Hospital where he cared for the sick and dying. He liked trains, music, playing guitar, drag races (John Force especially) and football. He had a lot of favorite football teams (UofM, Patriots, Chiefs to name a few). He loved Black Sabbath before it was cool. More than anything, he loved his family. He was a compassionate person who made those close to him feel loved. His family will be announcing a celebration of life after the pandemic is over.

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Thad was a very good person and a good friend. One memory from many years ago when we were in nursing school during our OB rotation; we each attended a birth. The couple whom had Thad present at the birth of their child were so positively touched by him and his care, they gave their child Thads name for the babys middle name. I never forgot that. And I will never forget you Thad.

Julie Noteboom Dec 6 2020 11:23 PM

Thad was a great coworker and friend to all in our Borgess family. Such a kind, knowledgeable, unruffled and enjoyable calming presence, for staff and patients alike. May God be with all of you as you entrust Him to His Creator.

C.Lee Pavlak Nov 6 2020 7:12 PM

Thad was just the best person ever. He loved his family and friends so much. Because of him I learned so much and became a better person. The world lost a very special man. He was one of the most intelligent people Ive ever known. ( In one of the posted pictures is the guitar I gave him for his birthday) He so enjoyed playing guitar. So many many wonderful memories. Hearing of his death has brought on one of the saddest days ever. I always loved you and will forever.

Kathy Dolnik Nov 3 2020 2:52 PM

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levi.scheenstra Nov 3 2020 9:55 AM

Thad is my best friend. He is a brother to me even more than my 2 brothers. He was always there for me and always helped me in my times of need or personal problems. I never felt closer to any other friend. He will always be with me. I love you, Thad.

Alan Rendell Oct 29 2020 3:28 PM

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