Civic society founder Michael Bayley dies

Civic society founder Michael Bayley dies

Simon Meechan

Civic society founder Michael Bayley dies
Architect and Maidenhead historian Michael Bayley

Architect and community historian Michael Bayley has died at the age of 90.

Born on October 13, 1922 in Slough, he served with the Cheshire and Kensington Regiments during the Second World War.

Mr Bayley fought his way through Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany, before serving in Palestine after the war.

After leaving the army in 1947 he trained as an architect in Oxford. He married Pauline in 1948 and moved  to Maidenhead.

They had four children, Justine, Hugh, Annabel and Antony, and two grandchildren, Ben and Elli.

After working as a council architect for a few years Mr Bayley set up his own practice from an office in his home.

In 1960 he co-founded the Maidenhead Civic Society. He was the last surviving founding member.

He was also involved with the Maidenhead Heritage Centre. He was a keen historian with his knowledge of historical waterways used by the Maidenhead Waterways project.

Civic society chairman Bob Dulson, said: "While Michael's passing is especially sad for the Civic Society he will be sorely missed by the many causes and organisations he supported in Maidenhead."

His daughter Justine said: “We went to a wedding recently and the person sitting next to him said to me ‘what an interesting person.’

"When you sit next to somebody at a wedding reception you think ‘what will we talk about’ but she was enthralled by his stories.”

Friends are welcome to his funeral at Slough Crematorium on Wednesday, October 23, at 2pm.

He died on Friday, October 4.

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