Name: Elton B. “Mike” Bamford
Born: February 17, 1931
Died: September 24, 2018 (87)
SMC Member: March 9, 1993 (25)
Lifelong Grosse Pointe Farms resident Elton “Mike” Bamford, 87, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Born Feb. 17, 1931, in Detroit, to Elton W. and Marjorie S. Bamford, Mike graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1949. Upon graduation, he became a soldier in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, Washington, and then moved into the just emerging computer industry which became his career.
Mike was an avid golfer, sailor on Lake St. Clair and DRYA race committee member. He was an active leader at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, serving as an usher, member of the vestry and volunteering monthly to provide lunch to the homeless at Trinity Soup Kitchen in downtown Detroit. He also enjoyed volunteering at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe as a greeter and transporter with his wife, Mary.
Mike’s warmth, friendship and humor will be missed by those who knew him.
Mike is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Lynn Montgomery (Gavin); son, Michael (Mary); stepsons, Chris Torence (Gigi) and Andy Torence (Liberty) and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spirit of Hope, 1519 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208 or at sohdetroit.org.