In Memorium: Bailey fought hard to the whistle all of his life


In 1981, at the close of playing rugby, a year before elder daughter Brianna was born, Rick told a newspaper reporter that his life goal was to “have a happy family life someday,” and he would. In the early 1990s, he owned a Harley Davidson and, with two friends, opened a sports bar in Oakland named the Golden Bear Saloon. His mom made giant pots of soup and sandwiches to be sold at the bar.

Bailey returned to Cal to serve as an assistant coach on the varsity rugby team with his best friend, Jack Clark, leading the Golden Bears to three consecutive National Collegiate Championships. Subsequently, he enjoyed a long career as a freight executive while living in Oakland and later in Fair Oaks.

He was passionate about ethical hunting, fishing, and conservation, and worked tirelessly to support his community of fellow outdoorsmen and conservationists. Many friends shared in his countless outdoors adventures of duck, elk and wild boar hunting, fly fishing in Alaska, the Yuba River, Madagascar and Montana, as well as fishing for halibut and salmon in the San Francisco Bay, deer hunting in Alaska and Hawaii, and sportfishing in Mexico and Central America.

After moving to Fair Oaks, influenced by sister Kathleen Snodgrass, he took up golf and excelled at it as a member of North Ridge Country Club.

Don Miller, a friend who owns a sausage and ballpark frank company and sells at the majority of Division I collegiate sporting events, named one of the prepared hot dogs “Boomer Bailey.”


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