CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Charleston City Council on Monday recalled the impact of council member John Kennedy Bailey with a resolution honoring his service to the city.
Bailey died last Wednesday at the age of 53. He was elected to Charleston City Council in 2018 as an individual member and served as chair of the environment and recycling committee and a member of the ordinances and rules committee.
The council resolution, which also noted Bailey’s legal experience and focus on improving Charleston, was placed on Bailey’s desk in the council chamber.
“Whoever takes over for John can never replace John, and I’m sure whoever comes in will know immediately,” Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin told MetroNews affiliate WCHS-AM.
Goodwin said it had been difficult to come to terms with Bailey’s death, saying he was an exemplary figure on city council.
“He felt very passionate about a number of issues, but he never closed the door on you if you wanted to bring something different,” she said.
Bailey, a native of Fairmont, graduated from Yale University and worked for U.S. Representative Nick Rahall on Capitol Hill. He then attended West Virginia University College of Law and worked for the law firm Goodwin and Goodwin, the State Supreme Court and James F. Humphreys & Associates LC before establishing his own firm in 2006.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., spoke about Bailey’s impact in a speech in the Senate Chamber Monday.
“He will be remembered for his professional abilities as well as for his service to his community,” said Manchin. “But more importantly, John will be remembered for his commitment to his children and his family, spending much of his time at the many activities of Jack, Brooks and Lisette.”
The funeral will be on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Tours will start at 10:30 am and will be followed by a service at 11:30 am. People will be able to attend the funeral at http://firstpresby.com/. A private burial service will be held at Springhill Cemetery in Charleston.
A Bailey celebration will take place at the Red Carpet Lounge at 5 p.m.