Ty Bailey, Philadelphia Area Swim Coach and Restauranteur, Dies at 69

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 0

March 07th, 2021 Club, News

Ty Bailey, a pioneering Philadelphia restauranteur who sold his business to take up coaching swimming full time, as died. He was 69 years old.

Bailey is recognized to most Philadelphians as the founder of the Knave of Hearts restaurant, which he opened in 1975. He was on the front end of what the Philadelphia Inquirer refers to as the city’s “restaurant renaissance” of the mid-1970s.

An iconic restaurant, Bailey closed the restaurant in 2003 and became a swim coach.

In 2017, he suffered an aortic aneurysm and aoritc dissection, which required him to undergo surgery. Prior to that, Bailey was an avid athlete who completed more than 40 marathons, with a personal best under 3 hours. He also competed at 6 Ironman World Championship triathlons in Hawaii.

In his ‘second career,’ he coached for the Phoenixville YMCA, Phoenixville High School, Episcopal Academy Aquatic Club, and most recently the Upper Main Line YMCA until his health began to deteriorate in November 2020.

With the UMLY Swim Team, Bailey worked primarily with the age group swimmers.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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