Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Paul Vincent Bamford

July 14, 1945September 8, 2020

A good and decent man, Paul V. Bamford, departed this world on Sept. 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda, and his deeply beloved daughter Michelle of Durham, NC. For three years, Paul fought a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer and received compassionate care from Dr. Jeremiah Boles, Dr. Daniel Mollin and Transitions LifeCare of Wake County.

Paul was born in San Francisco, CA on July 14, 1945 to Harry and Cora Bamford, eventually moving to Portland, Oregon with his mom and sister. Many of his most cherished memories were created in Cannon Beach, Oregon where he spent a lot of happy times with his family, enjoying the glorious beauty of the west coast and the adventures of a small, seaside town, including leading guided tours on horseback.

Paul graduated from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon and eventually earned a B.A. Degree from Claremont McKenna College in CA. He ultimately accepted a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy and met his future wife. A life-long learner, Paul also received an M.S. Degree in Management from NC State University.

Although Paul had a keen intellect and was a ferocious reader, he enjoyed the simpler things in life: every kind of sports, especially UNC-Chapel Hill’s men’s basketball (go Heels!); playing bridge; attending the theatre, museums and concerts; relaxing at the beach (his “happy place”) and traveling. His favorite destinations were Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and Alaska.

While Paul had a satisfying career as a Senior-level Human Resources Executive, he most cherished the volunteer work he did for area non-profits. Over the years, he provided passionate support for SCORE – Raleigh; the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle; Society for Human Resources Management-SHRM (Board); Passage Home (Board); Center for Volunteer Caregiving (Board), and the NC Center for Nonprofits.

As a “cradle” Episcopalian and member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Raleigh for over 35 years, Paul served in many capacities: member of the Vestry, Chair of the Finance Committee for a new sanctuary, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Lector and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. He was well known for his robust and joyful singing of hymns during services and his wonderful sense of humor.

Most importantly, Paul was a treasured mentor and role model to many men who in turn enriched his life and affirmed the goodness in all humankind.

In addition to his wife, Linda, daughter Michelle and stepmother-in-law, Ann Solomon, Paul is survived by his adored sister, Betsy Ayres of Cannon Beach, Oregon, his California siblings: Barbara Holden, Laura Thomas, and Roger Bamford (Adrienne), his cousin David Anderson (Laura) of Oregon, and many nieces and nephews. He also is fondly remembered by his NC family through marriage: Celia Nail and son William (Ann), Susan Tucker (children Kevin, Traci and granddaughter Courtnie), and Jim Courtney (Beth).

A public graveside service will be held this Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2:00 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC, 2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732. A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Raleigh at 10:30am. The memorial service will be live-streamed by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary’s St. in Raleigh and can be watched during real-time or later (www.brownwynneraleigh.com).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604) or to the North Coast Land Conservancy (PO Box 67, Seaside, OR 97138).

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)


  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Memorial service for Paul Bamford

    Saturday, September 19, 2020



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Martha John

September 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul in 1973 when my husband and I took a road trip from Portland, OR to NC. Paul was a kind, compassionate, intelligent man with a great sense of humor. I realize it was a one day visit, but I'll always remember him. His sister Betsy is a dear friend to me with the same good qualities as her brother. My warmest regards to Betsy, and to Paul's wife and family. Martha

Meshell Reynolds

September 14, 2020

I worked with Paul for many years at the North Carolina Partnership for Children. I was so saddened by the news of his passing. He was always a pleasure to work with. He spoke of his wife and daughter often. He will be missed.

Jim Johnston

September 14, 2020

A fun guy, with a great sense of humor.

Barney Weaver

September 14, 2020

Dear Linda and Michelle,
I am truly sorry to hear of Paul's passing. What a great warrior he was in his battle against such a relentless foe. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Karen Eide Fitzgerald

September 13, 2020

Although I have not seen Paul since high school days, I have many fond memories of him and his sister Betsy enjoying our summers at Cannon Beach, Rest in peace my friend wrapped in the arms of God.

Karen Eide Fitzgerald

Liz Freer

September 13, 2020

Rest in peace, Paul. You have definitely earned it.

Pam Dowdy

September 12, 2020

Paul was a trusted colleague and friend during our years at Smart Start. He always made time for our questions and concerns, gently guiding us. Quick witted and sincere, I am certain he will be missed. My sympathies to the family with hopes that your faith and many memories will bring you comfort.

Laura Hitt

September 12, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. I only had the pleasure of working with Paul a couple of years before he retired from NCPC, but I could tell he was passionate about our mission and helping others. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Gerry Cobb

September 12, 2020

I've always been so impressed by what a dynamic duo Paul and Linda have been together. They both had so much energy and passion for a diverse array of projects that they were involved in individually and together. They were very different and yet so similar in their passion and commitment to giving back. And what wonderful trips they took together. I always wanted to tag along with them on their trips to NYC and Europe because I knew I'd see things in a different way through their eyes that I probably hadn't seen on my own trips to those places. Huge virtual hug to Linda and Michelle for your loss.

Waltye Rasulala

September 12, 2020

Linda and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers to you and to your daughter.


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