PETERSBURGH - Alfred H. Bedford, 95 of Route 22, died on Saturday at his son's home in Troy under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness.
Born in New Brunswick, NJ on June 29, 1918, he was the loving son of the late George W. and Ethel Fulton Bedford; and the step-son of the late Jeanette A. Page. He was the loving husband of the late AnnaMae A. Robinson Bedford, whom he married in Staten Island, NY on December 27, 1941. She passed away on July 8, 2011.
A 1938 graduate of Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, NY, the Bedford's had resided in the Berlin/Petersburgh area for over 40 years after moving from Staten Island. Alfred was a veteran
of the United States Army
serving during World War II
at the Battle of the Bulge, being honorably discharged in 1945. Alfred worked in the US Army ordinance at Fort Wadsworth Miller Field in Staten Island from 1949 to 1955 as a combat vehicle mechanic. From 1955 to 1970 he was with the US Army Corps of Engineers 5th Battalion in Tappan, NY and Edison, NJ as an engineer maintenance mechanic. He retired from the US Army after serving 23 years. While living here Alfred worked at the Berlin Central School District as a bus mechanic and retired in 1982 after 10 years of service. Alfred enjoyed fishing, horseshoes, bowling and spending time with his family. He competed in horseshoe tournaments with his sons and also competed in Surf Casting Competitions while living in Staten Island and was a member of the North Shore VFW
in Staten Island. Alfred was an avid NASCAR fan especially Tony Stewart.
Survivors include his 13 children Alfred (Dottie) of Staten Island, Diana (Larry) Richards of Florida, Richard (Alma) of Troy, John (Kathy Stewart) of Hartford, NY, Ted (Shelly) of Grafton, Charles (Sue) of Berlin, Denise (Rusty) Anderson of Troy, George (Leah) of Berlin, Edward of Petersburgh, Steven of Troy, Elizabeth (the late Steve) Lawton of Troy, William (Chris Beaudoin) of Troy, Kathryn (Don) Goodermote of Petersburgh; daughter-in-law Claudia Bedford of North Fort Myers, FL; stepsister Lila Fisher of Muscatine, Iowa; 37 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 2 children Lillian and Robert; 4 grandchildren Stacey Anderson, John, Jolene and Richard Bedford; sister Katherine D. Bedford and; brother George W. Bedford.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road where Rev. Jason White, pastor, will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM.
Interment with full military honors will take place on Wednesday at 11 AM in the Eagle Mills Cemetery.
To remember Alfred in a special way, memorial contributions may be given to either the Petersburgh Rescue Squad or to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County in care of the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, PO Box 361, Petersburgh, NY 12138.