Edward Donald Bafford, printing executive and lacrosse enthusiast, dies

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Edward Donald Bafford Sr. was a lifelong lacrosse enthusiast.

Edward Donald “Don” Bafford Sr., a retired printing executive and former lacrosse player, died of stroke complications Dec. 25 at the Multi-Medical Center on York Road. The Towson resident was 90.

Born in Baltimore and raised near the old Memorial Stadium, he was the son of Edward Louis Bafford, a printer, and his wife, Thelma Alice. He was a 1948 graduate of Baltimore City College, where he was voted Best Athlete and played lacrosse and football and wrestled.


He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Duke University in 1952. He played on Duke’s football team, won the intra-fraternity wrestling championship and was a two-time All American goalie in lacrosse. He was elected lacrosse team captain in his senior year.

Mr. Bafford participated in Duke’s Naval ROTC program. He served in the Korean War aboard the USS Bremerton as a gunnery officer and an engineering officer.


After his military service he played lacrosse for the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club.

He joined his father to work at Neo-Lith Colorcraft. After eight years, he moved to the J.D. Lucas Company, where he was vice president of manufacturing and a member of its board of directors.

Mr. Bafford remained a lacrosse enthusiast and played golf. He also enjoyed photography and spending time with friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Angela Raum, a retired Union Memorial Hospital registered nurse; a daughter, Laura Leslie of Austin, Texas; a son, Edward Donald Bafford Jr. of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.