Jonathan `Bus' Wilford Jr., 81, Talbot farmer, Realtor

July 30, 2004

Jonathan Seltzer "Bus" Wilford Jr., a retired Talbot County farmer and Realtor, died of complications from a fall Saturday at Washington Hospital Center. The Oxford resident was 81.

Mr. Wilford was born in Philadelphia and raised in Easton, and graduated in 1941 from St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del.

His studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., were interrupted when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He attained the rank of corporal and participated in the Guam and Iwo Jima campaigns.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Williams, Mr. Wilford returned to Talbot County and became a grain farmer until the 1980s.

In 1968, Mr. Wilford established Wilford Land Co., which specialized in boatyards and marinas in Tidewater Maryland and Virginia. He closed the business and retired in 2002.

Mr. Wilford was a lifetime member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club.

He had been a communicant, vestryman, senior warden and usher at Christ Episcopal Church in Easton, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Beatriz LeBaron Zar; a son, Charles Curry Wilford of Oxford; two daughters, Kate Spencer Wilford Carraher and Evelyn Seltzer Wilford Lippincott, both of Oxford; a sister, Jean W. Ewing of Easton; and six grandchildren. Another daughter, Grace Cordo Wilford, died in 1977.

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