David K. Bamford, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, 75, of Dover passed away peacefully on Saturday July 16, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Son of George and Beatrice (Ray) Bamford, he was born September 17, 1946 in Exeter but grew up in Durham. Dave graduated from ORHS in June 1964. He entered UNH in September and graduated with honors in January 1969. He was named a Distinguished Military Graduate upon graduation.
Dave served in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star. He left active service in 1971 and enrolled at Suffolk University Law School, graduating in 1975. He worked as an executive officer and later as the battery commander of artillery in Dover, NH. He also began investing in real estate, which he continued throughout his adult life. Dave established his own law firm – Bamford, Dedopoulos & Regan – in Durham and Dover.
In March 1976, Dave and his wife, Kathy (Hannon), lovingly welcomed their daughter, Kristen. In 1996 Dave married Deb (Basford) who he felt incredibly lucky to spend his life with. He welcomed his children Josh, Mattie, Dynn, Beka and Bobby into his life and loved them as his own. A longtime resident of Dover, he cared deeply about his community. He continued to grow his real estate business and was involved in a wide variety of community initiatives, particularly related to education. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
A true fighter, but never complaining, Dave lived with aggressive lung disease for over 12 years. In 2014, he received the ultimate gift of a donor lung which extended his life by over seven significant years.
A deeply loving man, Dave was loved by his family and friends. He will be remembered for his integrity, wisdom, wit, humor and kindness.
Dave’s family members include his wife of 26 years, Deborah Bamford of Dover; five children: Kristen Sebastian and her husband, Scott, of Durham; Joshua Cote and his wife, Kyle of Dover; Deborah-Lynn Cote of Dover; Rebekah Krieger and her husband, Ross, of Dover; and Robert Cote, Jr. and his wife, Jill, of Dover; 11 grandchildren: Lexie, Addy, Asher, Aidan, Cameryn, Mayer, Quinn, Ella, Ryann, Leven and Eliot; two brothers Stephen Bamford and his wife, Donna, of North Port, Florida and Paul Bamford and his wife, Mary, of Stratham; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Matthew Côté.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to: The Children’s Home of Dover, The American Lung Association, UNICEF Children’s Fund or PBS of NH.
please go to www.taskerfuneralservice.com for details of David’s services and to sign the online guestbook.
Posted July 19, 2022
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