Donald G. Bamford
Ludlow Funeral Home
432 East St.
Ludlow, MA
Donald Gerald Bamford was born on August 4, 1935 and died on January 29, 2021. In the 85 years in between, he found the love of his life not just once, but twice, raised four children, taught mathematics to thousands, and coached hundreds of runners. Don was born to Marjorie Wall and knew his stepfather Joe Arnao as his Dad. His youth was spent in Dorchester and Needham. He was raised as a Baptist, and developed a love of track and field, cross-country and running. At some point, he realized that his future was in mathematics education, and he matriculated at UMASS Amherst. He also met Claire Bamford on campus and after courting they wed in 1957. He obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and relocated to the Ludlow Area. He was hired for the opening of Minnechaug Regional High School in 1959. Shortly after, he and Claire were blessed with the arrival of Daniel, their first child. Settling on James Street in Ludlow, they were further blessed by children Thomas, David, and Kathleen. These years were filled with running, naps, vacations to Cape Cod and Maine, teaching and coaching. He eventually chaired the math department and developed a long-lasting friendship with his coworkers. He inspired blossoming runners through his track and cross-country coaching. He raced competitively himself, even placing first once. He taught all of his children invaluable lessons that they will never forget. On February 2, 1992, Claire passed away. He retired early a few years later. Don met Joyce Hinch at a parents without partners meeting. She too had lost the first love of her life and together they found love again, marrying in 1995. Joyce has five children, who became near and dear to Dons heart. Don and Joyce lived at her familys vacation home on Cape Cod, spending time in Springfield around the holidays and wintering in Florida as well. When the rigor of running became too much, he resorted to biking for daily exercise. When that became a struggle, he took long walks. When diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, he met the challenge with his typical response to adversity; perseverance. The walks became shorter but continued right up to the end of his life. Throughout his life, he brought joy and humor to those around and his propensity for love and generosity was immense. Don leaves behind a rich legacy in the memories of the family he spent those blessed years with. Cherishing those memories are his wife Joyce, children (spouses) Dan (Dottie), Tom (Kim), Dave (Jenn), and daughter Kathi;step-children Judy, Dianne, Jerry (Anna), Karen (Duncan), and Sheliah (Richard), along with 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Memorial service will be held at Ludlow Funeral Home on Thursday February 4th, viewing hours from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.; with interment in Maine in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
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I'm very sad to hear of Mr. Bamford's passing. He was my teacher and my coach for track and cross county. I have many fond memories of running with Mr. Bamford. He was a wonderful man who was a role model for me.
Ken Schafer
May 7, 2021
Don was our neighbor in Eastham. He was an inspiration always over the years,running, biking , and walking with his Nordic sticks all over the neighborhood, even after his knee replacement and was diagnosed with Parkinson's, he never skipped a
beat. Positive, gentle and upbeat always!He was a real standup guy! So sorry Joyce and kids for your loss,
Cathy Threadgold
February 28, 2021
Coach was my first HS coach. He helped me become a great teammate as well as a fine runner. Because of him I have run all my life and had great success at Wake Forest in track as well. He made running XC fun. I remember calling him about 30 years ago to thank him. What a great teacher, coach and friend for everyone who knew him. So sorry for his loss. John Danforth
John Danforth
February 12, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathies, our prayers are with you all.
Vicky & Raymond Laramie
February 8, 2021
My dear Sheilah
So sorry...
Sending prayers and hugs
Paula and Hema
February 3, 2021
Dan , Tom , David and Kathi,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I always thought highly of him. To the entire Bamford family please except my condolences.
Nick, Brian and Mark Grandma will pray for you.
Dorothy LeBlanc
February 3, 2021
I had Mr. Bamford for geometry in 1969-1970 at Minnechaug. It's a testament to his capabilities as a teacher that I actually liked going to his class, as I am not and never have been enamored with math. He was clear and calm, and had a quiet sense of humor that was fun to watch for. I also remember seeing him running -- sometimes with his track students and sometimes alone -- along Main Street and Tinkham Road. My condolences to his family as I know that he was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Dawn Miller Evans
February 3, 2021
Coach was a great inspiration to me and many others when we ran cross country under his guidance.
A great guy, he will me missed.
Vin Guiel
February 2, 2021
Mr. Bamford was my math teacher at MRHS in the late 1960’s. In my early years as a math teacher I subbed for him when he had pneumonia. It was great experience to teach in my own HS for a teacher I greatly admired.
Katrina Vance Krach
Retired math teacher
Former student
Katrina Vance Krach
February 2, 2021
I had him as an algebra teacher way back in 1965. He was *excellent* and had a lot of enthusiasm. Plus he told stories about running competitions and the Minnechaug running team. After all these years he stand out in my memory as both an outstanding teacher and an outstanding person. I am happy that he had a good life and my condolences to his love ones and those that will miss him.
Susan R Kent
February 2, 2021
I had the pleasure of having Mr, Bamford as my freshman Algebra teacher and later Don, as a colleague at MRHS. He was a kind and caring soul so the day I found him on the bike path in Eastham I was more than happy our paths had crossed once again.
Sending the family. May your memories provide comfort.
Donna Alberici O’Connor
February 2, 2021
I lived in Wilbraham went to Minnechaug Regional High School 1964 to
1967. I still remember most of the faulty in those years. Mr. Bamford
as All the other teachers - were dedicated to not just teaching - but in
some shape or form - providing sports thru football-basketball-baseball.
It seems to me lately we are loosing more folks from Minnechaug.

May the remaining family members Relish the good times they shared
with Mr.Bamford.

Dave Cummings
Formerly of Wilbraham & Russell, MA
Currently Retired and Living in Delaware
Dave Cummings
February 2, 2021
Mr. Bamford, “Don” was my cross country, and track coach for four years till 1969. Also he helped me solve the rigors of some arduous Math classes. Good guy, and never thought I’d continue to run but found the enjoyment in my 30’s good mentor for a bunch of us. Deepest sympathy
Plymouth Ma
Dennis Keefe
February 2, 2021
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