Bamford, William Blackley Stanley

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William Blackley Stanley Bamford (24 Jan. 1890-9 Oct. 1966) was born in Elora, Ontario, to William Blackley Bamford and Henrietta Odell. He enjoyed a long career in the banking industry. In 1908, he secured a position with the Traders Bank of Canada at the Tweed, Ontario, branch. He later began employment with the Bank of Montreal as a temporary clerk on 21 December 1917, continuing with the company until his retirement in April 1952. Bamford did take a yearlong leave of absence from the Bank of Montreal beginning in May 1923, spending the year with his parents in Nelson, British Columbia. While with the Bank of Montreal, Bamford held various positions in Toronto and later Vancouver, including manager of the discount main office.

As a young man, Bamford was involved with the YMCA. In August 1921, with another member of Central YMCA, he paddled from the foot of York Street in Toronto across to Niagara-on-the-Lake in a 16-foot canoe in 7 hours and 50 minutes. Bamford’s community involvement also included membership in the Point Grey Amateur Chrysanthemum Association, the American Nature Association, and the Vernon Club. Bamford was also heavily involved with St. Mark’s Church in Vancouver and the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada for which he served as vice president of the Vancouver Branch. Due to physical considerations, Bamford was unable to join the armed forces. Bamford was a hobby gardener, known for his roses and raspberries. He was also an avid diarist and kept line-a-day diaries for at least 45 years.

Bamford married Amy Lauretta Huestis on 26 December 1929 at St. Mark’s Church in Vancouver. The couple had one son, William Huestis Bamford. Bamford died at Amherst Private Hospital in Vancouver at the age of 76 and is buried at Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, B.C.


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