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Arthur and Vivian Bamford

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Meet Arthur and Vivian Bamford, who have given GRHF a thoughtful and generous bequest.

Some years ago, Arthur and Vivian Bamford privately agreed to leave a bequest to GRH in their Wills. They believed in the importance of strong local health care, and felt a bequest was a meaningful way to show that support. In August, 2016, their son Bob Bamford and his wife Leslie delivered that gift to Grand River Hospital Foundation.

Arthur Bamford was born in Hamilton in 1915.  He worked as a salesman for General Electric, then joined the Air Force during the Second World War.  He married his sweetheart, Vivian Wilkins, in 1940.  He became a professional engineer in 1954, joined Sutherland Shultz, and eventually became  partner and president.  He retired at the age of 60.

Vivian raised their two children, and was active as a volunteer in the community.  She and Arthur were married for 54 years. They traveled the world, attended theatre and symphony performances, and enjoyed their Lake Muskoka cottage. Vivian died in 1994.

Art was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club, becoming president of both. He was also a member of the board of Freeport Hospital and where he participated in several rejuvenation projects. He was an active member of Westmount Golf and Country Club where he loved golf in summer and curling in winter. Art accepted his aging with dignity and maintained his joie de vivre until his death in 2016 at the age of 100.

Grand River Hospital and the Foundation are grateful for the Mr. and Mrs. Bamford’s thoughtful and  generous bequest.

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