'Bud' Hannaford passes away at 84

Longtime city councilman had deep roots in Folsom
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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George “Bud” Hannaford, who left an indelible mark on the city of Folsom, succumbed last week to pancreatic cancer. Hannaford, 84, was a third generation Folsom resident. His family immigrated to the area from Scotland during the late 1880s. Hannaford’s mark on Folsom is unmistakable. “He helped to entice Intel to come to Folsom during his tenure (on the city council) and was instrumental in getting the Natoma Crossing built,” said his daughter Caroline Cordano. “He did so much for Folsom in so many ways.” Hannaford was one of the longest running city councilman in the history of Folsom serving 20 consecutive years. Bob Holderness, who served on the council with Hannaford, said Hannaford disapproved of the “heavy-handed politics” of the 70s and was pivotal in reforming the city. “Bud was very much involved in getting the city’s finances squared away,” Holderness said. “He was a key player in fixing the finances.” Hannaford served as mayor for two terms, was Folsom’s Man of the Year, the first Boy Scout Cub Master in Folsom, past president of the Folsom High Booster’s Club and served continuously for 44 years with the Odd Fellows. “Just hours before he died Thursday at home, the Odd Fellows honored him with the Grand Treasurer Emeritus award for his 44 years of service,” said daughter Kathy Gage. “He has also received the very highest decoration, the Grand Decoration of Chivalry.” Hannaford, worked tirelessly with several organizations, ran cattle on a spread in Latrobe and was a devoted father to his three children, Gage, Cordano and son Robert Hannaford. “We always had friend here. This was the hang out — our house in Folsom,” Gage said. “He was an amazing person. I am very proud and feel a real sense of loss.” Hannaford’s grandfather ran Folsom’s first blacksmith shop and many family members, including Bud, worked at Folsom Prison. “He was just a great dad. Everybody says that, but he was,” Cordano said. “He was always there for the family.” Both daughters said their father’s motto was “service before self” and that is evident in his long list of service. “He was a solid guy, very polite and very friendly — a good home-grown leader,” Holderness said. “He treated everyone with respect. That’s the kind of guy he was.” Hannaford is survived by his wife of five years Emma Hannaford, his three children Kathy Gage, Caroline Cordano and Robert Hannaford, five stepchildren, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a sister Ruby Taylor of Wrangle, Alaska. His first wife of 50 years, Betty Hannaford, preceded him in death. A viewing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at Millers Funeral Home, 507 Scott St. in Folsom. Internment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Latrobe Cemetery immediately followed by a memorial service at the Latrobe Odd Fellows and Rebekah Hall in Latrobe.