Rupert Michael Bailey passed away in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, June 28, 2019. Michael was a man of few words. His kindness an intelligence said more than a library. As an artist, his hands were tidy and precise. They had the ability to create breathtaking worlds on canvas that most could only dream of.
He will be remembered not only for the beauty of his work, but also for the kindness of the man behind it. Michael will forever be loved and missed, but his legacy will continue through his art and through the people who had the pleasure to love and be loved by him.
Michael spent his career in the menswear industry. He moved to Flagstaff from Tempe when he was a part of KG Men’s Store. He also worked for many years at Dillard’s and Corral West both in Flagstaff. He also spent a number of years in Bullhead City, Payson, and Grand Junction, CO, before retiring to Cottonwood, AZ.
Michael is survived by his sister Vanessa of Buckeye, his brother Eddie of Tempe, along with their spouses and children. He is also survived by his children, Chris, 42, of Tulsa, OK, Renee, 37, of Phoenix, and Arron, 30, of Flagstaff.
A private memorial service was held at Aspen Corner in Flagstaff on July 4, 2019.