The long-time city resident Nathaniel Safford passed away on November 7 from complications from a stroke he suffered in July. He was in the Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring receiving respite care at the time of his death.

He was 89.

Mr. Safford was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany from 1950-1953 during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. in Political Science), and was a longtime employee of the D.C. Public Library system.

Mr. Safford started his postretirement career as the City of College Park’s building caretaker on September 1, 1991. For 25 years, anyone who attended a City Council meeting or an event at the Old Parish House knew him as the nattily dressed gentleman who patiently waited for events to end so he could lock the building.

He always had time for a conversation on just about any topic of interest.

Mr. Safford and his wife Pamela were well-known fixtures around College Park by face if not by name – they walked and took public transit to events throughout the City and the Washington metropolitan region – and were both known for their brightly colored attire.

A memorial service was held at City Hall on November 22. In addition to Pamela, his wife of 61 years, Mr. Safford leaves behind three children, Charles Safford, Loring Safford and Bethiah Shuemaker, and a grandson, Donald Shuemaker.
Mayor Andrew Fellows stands with Leslie Montroll, founder of the College Park Needle Arts Society, as she presents a small quilt to Mr. and Mrs. Safford in 2013. The quilt is a miniature version of a much
larger one that hangs in the Old Parish House. Both were made from remnants of fabrics the Saffords
purchased for Mrs. Safford’s custom-made dresses.

[Source: College Park News Bulletin]