David Arthur Bamford
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David Arthur Bamford (known as Dave), 72, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dave was born on April 10, 1941 in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and was the only child of Herschel and Pearl Bamford. He served in the Air Force from 1959-1963, attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer with IBM for 33 years before retiring. He was a ham radio operator and enthusiast for over 50 years and enjoyed communicating with many other ham radio operators around the world. He loved sports, especially UT Vols football and the Red Sox, and coached little league baseball and soccer. He was a group leader in Men's Bible Study Fellowship for 11 years, was a member of the Gideon's International, and was an active member and served with the benevolence ministry at The Church of the Apostles.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Florida, his son David and wife Tracy and his granddaughter Aubrey, and his daughter Lisa. Dave left a beautiful legacy of kindness and generosity. He will be remembered as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend that was loving, compassionate, trusting, gentle, considerate, full of integrity and patience, and a loyal protector and provider. He never forgot a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special occasion. His life defined mercy and grace towards others.
A service will be held in his honor on Tuesday, July 2 at The Church of the Apostles (located at 333 Church at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609) at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Church of the Apostles' benevolence ministry. Please send checks to the church address provided above with "benevolence ministry" in the memo.
Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, NC.
Condolences may be made to the family at bryan-leefuneral home.com
Published in The News & Observer from June 30 to July 1, 2013