Bamford, William Huestis

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Bamford, William Huestis

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1930-

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William Huestis Bamford (17 Sept. 1930- ) was at born at Grace Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, to William Blackley Stanley Bamford and Amy Lauretta Huestis. Bamford attended Kerrisdale Elementary School from 1936-1941, Point Grey Secondary School from 1942-1945, and Lord Byng Secondary School from 1946-1949. In 1950, Bamford had a job with the British Columbia forestry sector in Vancouver for one year before joining the British Columbia Regiment on 7 May 1951. Bamford then served with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) from 17 March 1952 until 15 April 1954. Bamford acted as a driver mechanic, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal, and spent one year overseas in Korea before returning to Vancouver in December 1953. Upon leaving the armed services, Bamford worked briefly as a taxi driver before becoming an employee of Canada Post in June 1956. Bamford served as a letter carrier and later a supervisory letter carrier in Richmond and Vancouver until his retirement in 1972. After retirement from Canada Post, Bamford spent time working on various collections, including an extensive stamp collection, coin collection, book and record collection, and medal and badge collection, as well as various home improvement and garden projects. Bamford was an avid diarist and kept page-a-day diaries for at least 36 years. While working as a taxi driver, Bamford met Esther Adelina Lasell Blyth, a dispatcher for North Shore Taxi. The couple married on 15 July 1957. Bamford was step-father to Esther’s four children from a prior marriage, Lynne, Sharon, Roy, and Verne.

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