The Huntington Manor Fire Department mourned the loss of ex-Chief Arthur ‘Alan’ Bayley, 88, who answered his last alarm on January 28, 2018. Bayley was a very well-respected 61-year member of Huntington Manor, and a 71-year fire service veteran.
Bayley began his extraordinary fire service career in 1945 when he joined the Halesite Fire Department, and remained a member until 1955 when he moved to Huntington Station. He then joined the Huntington Manor Fire Department in 1956, and was elected to Hook and Ladder Company Captain in 1974. Bayley advanced through the Chief’s office and served as Chief of the Department from 1980-1981.
Bayley held leadership positions in many fire service organizations. Among them are the Suffolk County and Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Councils, FASNY, Suffolk County and Town of Huntington Safety Officers Associations, Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Southern NY Firefighters Association, and the Town of Huntington Exempt Firefighters Association.
As a young man, Bayley began working for Huntington Coach driving coach buses, and later went to work for Emil Nass in Huntington doing automotive repairs. Bayley was then employed by the Town of Huntington Highway Department, where he was promoted to General Foreman. He retired from the town after 26 years of service.
He married his long time sweetheart Caroline Mayer, who passed away in 2017 after 65 years of marriage. They raised four children; Christine A. Keener (pre-deceased by Mark), Alan G. (Nancy), Cathleen L. Martin (Curtis), and David C. (Margaret). He is survived by eight loving grandchildren and several granddogs. Sons Alan and David followed their dad’s footsteps becoming members of Huntington Manor Fire Department.
– Fire News story and photos by Steve Silverman