Tribune Staff Report
Bryant J. Shuford Sr. had a long term career at the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
He died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was 60.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1954 to the late Lester and Mildred Shuford in Philadelphia at Frankford Hospital.
Shuford graduated from Frankford High School in the School District of Philadelphia and went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business.
Before starting his career at SEPTA as a bus operator in 1979, Shuford worked as an assistant to the city controller of Philadelphia.
He became a train operator for the Broad Street Subway three years later. Shuford held various positions throughout his career with SEPTA, including train dispatcher for the subway-elevated division, assistant director of control center operations and director of transportation-control center operations subway-light rail division. Shuford ended his career with SEPTA as the deputy chief officer of control center operation.
He married Elaine Shuford on May 28, 1977. Two sons were born to their union.
Shuford was baptized at Northeast Baptist Church. He served as a trustee and cub scout master of the East Frankford church community. He was a mason.
He enjoyed a love for fishing and watching television, especially the Dallas Cowboys.
“While Bryant was quick-witted and sharp with the tongue, he had a heart of gold,” his family said. “If anyone needed anything, he was always there to help, with a smart comment of course, and was known for saying, ‘It’s hard to get good help’”
His family also said he was a loving and devoted husband, father, pop-pop, brother, uncle and friend.
“Bryant exemplified a life of faith and integrity with an unwavering dedication to his family and loved ones,” his family said.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Bryant Jr. (Joy) and Jamaine Sr. (Natasia); grandchildren Jamaine Jr., Alanna, Alyssa, Nettie, Anthony and Alexis; sister Michelle L. Cannon; brother Lawrence Shuford Sr.; uncles William (Terri), Clyde (Elsie) and James Richardson; aunts Vivian and Elizabeth Miller; sisters-in-law Faye, Evon, Veleria and Theresa; brother-in-law Calvin; goddaughter Kelly Renee Murry; godson Eric Smith and other relatives and friends.
The first viewing was held Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church, 100 DuPont St. The second viewing will be held Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Zion Church. Services will follow at 11 a.m.