Gary P. Bickford, 69

Gary P. Bickford, 69, of Frankford, Del., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at his home.

He began his career in the Vietnam War era as a radio intercept analysis specialist for the U.S. Air Force. He was successful in his many employment paths. He ended his career as a maintenance contractor in Bethany Beach, Del.

Bickford was very proud of having the privilege to serve as the 1997 patient representative of Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The following year, he was delighted to travel the country and serve as the 1998 national adult representative for Easter Seals.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, M.L. Bickford; his son, Troy J. Albuck and his wife, Valerie, of Hanover Park, Ill.; his three daughters, including Kathryn “Katie” M. Bickford of Ocean View, Del.; his three grandsons, Alexander F. Albuck, Brennan Bickford Albuck and Karlton R. Miller; two sisters, Karyl Dulaney and Jan Morrow and her husband, Michael; and his brother, Greg Bickford and his wife, Debe.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, Frankford, Del. A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Mariner’s Bethel U.M. Church, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore; 61 Corporate Circle; New Castle, DE 19720.

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