Bill Bayley passed away peacefully at Transitions Life Care in Raleigh on November 9th, after a year long battle with bladder cancer. He was 66 years old.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Dana Bayley, and is survived by his daughter Emily Boyd and grandchildren, Liam and Kasey, of Asheville, son Andrew Bayley and granddaughter, Willow, of Chicago, IL and brothers, Michael, Thomas, Charles, and James Bayley, and sisters, Mary Pat Devay and Carolyn Woltjen. He also leaves behind mother-in-law, Ethel Grubbs, and many other family members and close friends.
Born the second child of Daniel and Marie Bayley in Chicago, IL, the family relocated to Raleigh in the early 1950’s. Bill attended Our Lady of Lourdes primary school and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School. Bill received a Bachelor in Product Design from North Carolina State University. After graduation and a brief stint with the News and Observer, Bill was hired by the School of Design at NCSU in 1975 as director of the Multi-Media Lab, guiding faculty and students through several changes in technologies through his nearly four decades with the college. He was awarded entry into the Order of The Long Leaf Pine by the Governor for his service to the state of North Carolina.
Bill met his wife and best friend of 40 years, Dana Davis, at the School of Design. Together they enjoyed road trips, movies, concerts, theater, art museums, dance lessons, and spending time with family and friends. They were both active with the Design Guild at the College of Design at NCSU. Since retiring last year, Bill found joy in his grandkids, adopted a hobby of racing cars at Virginia International Raceway, explored his world with drone aircraft, and tinkered with 3-D printing.
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A memorial service will be held in a few months. To be notified about the details, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifts may be made in Bill’s memory, to the NCSU Foundation/DesignLife Fund, and mailed to the NC State College of Design, Campus Box 7701, Raleigh, NC 27695.