November 30, 1944 - August 19, 2017
James Richard Bamford (Rich) passed away peacefully August 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He had been suffering for several years from a rare form of dementia which robbed him of this ability to speak or understand language. He was born November 30, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri to James and Sara Bamford.
Much of his young life was spent in Seattle, Washington near his paternal grandparents and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. When he was in junior high school, his family moved to Albany, Oregon where he finished high school and made many life-long friends. Rich then went on to attend and graduate from Oregon State University and remained an avid Beaver fan. Following his years at Oregon State, he furthered his education at the University of Oregon Dental School, which is now part of OHSU in Portland.
While in dental school he met his future wife, Marilyn, who was a student in the dental hygiene program. They married after graduation in 1970.
In 1971, they moved to Medford, Ore. where they raised their two sons. Rich thoroughly enjoyed being a father and spending much of his time being involved in his sons’ activities, including coaching soccer teams and attending games. He also enjoyed participating in many sports, especially golf in his later years. His numerous hobbies included gardening, woodworking, and traveling with family and friends.
Rich was an optimist by nature and almost everything he did was approached with total enthusiasm. He loved the dental profession and will be remembered always joking and kidding with his patients, staff, and friends. His dental career lasted 40 years.
Rich is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Matt and Kyle (Marlie); and two grandsons, Cale and Easton.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at A Touch of Grace, who so lovingly cared for him the past two years.
A celebration of Rich’s life is planned for Friday, September 8 at 11:00am at Centennial Golf Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice Foundation (2033 Commerce Dr., Medford, OR, 97504) or Primary Progressive Aphasia (www.aphasia.org/donate).