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Robert "Bob" Grant Wolford, 80

September 17, 2010

APRIL 24, 1930-SEPT. 10, 2010

FLINTSTONE, Md. - Robert "Bob" Grant Wolford, 80, of Flintstone, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1930, in Hancock, Md. Mr. Wolford was the son of the late Robert Theodore Wolford and Dorothy Susan (Yost) Wolford. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Lee Wolford (infant) and Mary Ann "Sis" Bishop.

Bob is survived by his wife, Wanda (Alkire) Wolford, Flintstone; his daughter, Lisa Wolford Norris and her husband, Bob; and granddaughter, Whitney Hardy of Harrisonburg, Va. Bob also has four stepsons, Dave Ziler and his wife, Marji, New Town, Pa., Bob Ziler, Pittsburgh, Pa., Joe Ziler and his wife, Missy, Leesburg, Fla. and Mike Ziler, Manitowoc, Wis. He also has six stepgrandchildren, Meghann, Zack, Jamie, Travis, Josh and Kara.

Bob is also survived by two sisters, Fay Reed, Hancock, and Irma Wolford, San Antonio, Texas; as well as two brothers, Michael Wolford, Hancock, and Ted Wolford and his wife, Pat, from Ocala, Fla.

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Bob's dedication to young people is evident by the way he lived his life. He started his career as a teacher and coach at Paw Paw (W.Va.) and Hancock high schools respectively. He then began work for Maryland's Juvenile Services Administration in 1959 as a supervisor at Camp Green Ridge Youth Center. In 1962, he became superintendent of the J.S.A. Youth Centers in Western Maryland; from 1978 through 1984, he served as regional administrator, then finished his career as acting deputy director for the Juvenile Services Administration statewide. Bob was also involved in organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Hot Stove Baseball, United Way, New Dominion's Board of Directors and the Cumberland (Md.) Department of Recreation. In addition, he coached basketball or baseball for 55 years.

Bob served in the Korean War from 1951 through 1953 and received the Bronze Star. He was also a member of the James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge 173 in Hancock.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Winifred Road Church of Christ in Cumberland.

Memorial contributions can be made to Winifred Road Church of Christ, Scholarship Fund, 936 Winifred Road, Cumberland, MD 21502.

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