Bernard Joseph "Bob" Efford (1931 - 2018)

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BERNARD "BOB" JOSEPH EFFORD Bernard "Bob" Joseph Efford, 86, of Wilmington, N.C. passed away at the home of his loving daughter, and caregiver, on Friday, February 9, 2018. The funeral service will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 209 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC, 28480, at 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Visitation will be held at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 South College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28412, from 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Bob, "Granddaddy," "Mr. E" was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 9, 1931. He would always say his first-class education came from 13 years with the Catholic nuns. He proved this true after enlisting in the Air Force at 17, by asking to place out of college chemistry and calculus and "acing" the final exam before the class began. An avid reader his entire life Bob continued consume literature and learn new things up until the last few months of his life. Bob's military career spanned 22 years and two wars (Korea and Vietnam), where he earned several medals, including the purple heart. Bob met and married the love of his life, Yoshi Kudo, while stationed at Yakota Air Force Base in Japan. They were married 53 years until her death and created what Bob would always tell everyone, "a beautiful and blessed life." Growing up on the Chesapeake, Bob yearned to return to a life near the water. After deciding he wanted to raise his family in a stable home, he retired from the military and began his next career at Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC, where he taught economics for 22 years. He called Wilmington "God's Country." He also ran an independent shrimping business in the summer, maintaining his boat, making his own nets and doors, and servicing a small, but loyal list of customers. It was during many hours on the water that he taught his children hard work, views of the world, and an awe for all that God created, including them. Bob's deep faith was the core of his life. He raised his family in St. Therese Catholic Church on Wrightsville Beach serving as usher, eucharistic minister, and lector until his illness limited his ministries. Whenever the opportunity arose, he passed on his faith, which was often seeing as he never met a stranger. He touched many people during his life due to his loving and generous nature. His list of charities over the years were endless and he continued to give to the Catholic Missionary group "Unbound," in support of a child in India, until his death. Bob is survived by his daughter Susan Gialenios and son-in-law Philip Gialenios (whom he deeply loved and relied on), granddaughters (his joy) Gabrielle and Nikki, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years Yoshi Kudo and his devoted son, Roland Efford. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers P.O. Box 302 - Maryknoll, NY 10545. The family of wishes to thank Amedysys Rehabilitation and Hospice, the Durham VA and the many other caring organizations and medical teams caring for Mr. Efford throughout his illness. Condolences may be sent to the family at Andrews Valley Chapel Service
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Feb. 11, 2018
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