Guy Elbert Stafford, 69, bakery salesman

March 12, 2003

Guy Elbert Stafford, a retired bakery salesman, died of cancer Thursday at the Veterans Affairs nursing facility in Northeast Baltimore. He was 69 and lived in Edmondson Village.

Mr. Stafford was born and raised in West Baltimore, and was a 1950 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from what is now Morgan State University.

He was a salesman for 20 years until retiring in 1988 from the Schmidt Baking Co. Earlier, he had worked in a similar capacity for Parks Sausage Co. and Hauswald's Bakery.

Mr. Stafford enjoyed reading mysteries and other novels, and was an avid Orioles and Colts fan. He also liked dancing and collecting jazz recordings.

He was a communicant of St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Stafford is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Ethel M. Durham; a son, Guy Elbert Stafford Jr.; a daughter, Tiffiney Stafford; a brother, Frederick Stafford; two stepsons, Calvin Gosnell and Larry Gosnell; and a stepdaughter, Marcia Green. All are of Baltimore. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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