The Seaford and Towson University communities are mourning the loss this week of Ryan Bailey, a 2009 graduate early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run accident.
Towson University students, faculty and staff gathered for a Tuesday evening led by the university's fraternities and sororities, three days after Bailey, 20, was struck and killed near the intersection of York Road and Washington Avenue near the school he attended. Bailey was a junior accounting major at Towson and active in the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Bruce Evan Blackwell, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said during Tuesday evening’s memorial service that although Sigma Chi is no longer on the Towson campus, Bailey worked to help other fraternities.
"He was still active in Greek life, helping out with Greek Games, with Greek Week, anything he can to make Greek life stronger on campus," Blackwell said.
Since his sudden death early Saturday, friends of Bailey have been posting rememberances to his Facebook page.
A moment of silence was held for Bailey prior to Tuesday night’s Seaford Board of Education meeting. At Seaford High School, Bailey was a member of the Vikings’ soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Seaford boys lacrosse head coach Michael Corcoran described Bailey as “the All-American kid” and said he was one of the best players he ever coached. Corcoran said he hopes the team can find an appropriate way to honor Bailey’s memory sometime this season.
“He was fearless,” said Corcoran when describing Bailey’s toughness on the lacrosse field. “He was a coach’s dream.”
A wake for Bailey began Tuesday and continues Wednesday evening with visiting hours from 7-9:30 p.m. at the William E. Law Funeral Home in Massapequa. A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at in Seaford followed by burial at Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.