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Australia Beloved TV weatherman Mike Bailey, 71, dies after recent stroke

07:05  21 june  2021
07:05  21 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Veteran Sydney TV weatherman Mike Bailey passed away last night surrounded by his family, having suffered a stroke earlier this month.

The 71-year-old appeared on Sydney TV screens for nearly four decades, but was best known as the weather presenter on ABC Sydney's 7.00pm new bulletin from 1985 until 2007.

Bailey joined the ABC as a cadet journalist at the ABC in 1968, before leaving to work at Channel Seven for 13 years until his return to the national broadcaster.

After retiring from the ABC in 2007 he returned to presenting the weather again during a brief stint on Channel Nine until he was let go in 2009.

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He also attempted a political career in 2007 when he unsuccessfully took on Joe Hockey in the Federal seat of North Sydney.

Bailey was married to Helena, famously known as 'Miss Helena' from her days hosting Channel Seven's children's show Romper Room, for 35 years. They had one child together, a son named Michael.

He suffered a stroke at their home in early June and had been in hospital in a coma until his death.

In more recent years, Bailey had been Chairman of the Wests Ashfield club in 2011, and later the Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies clubs. The roles followed on from his lifelong support of the Western Suburbs Magpies team.

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'The news of Mike’s passing is devastating,' Wests Ashfield CEO Simon Cook said. 'Mike was a mentor, a friend and a beautiful human being.

'The staff and I will miss his smiling face, his wisdom, loyalty and his unwavering support.'

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Last year Bailey was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to rugby league and the community.

A devoted Catholic, Bailey wrote a piece for The Catholic Weekly in 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of his marriage to Helena.

'Working to achieve that happy ending [a long marriage] doesn’t come as easily as it might appear through the pages of novels dealing with romance,' he wrote.

'It requires a daily effort to continue demonstrating qualities of love and involvement that originally attract people to become involved with their partners.'

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