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.
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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.