July 30, 2013 9:54:13 AM
Longtime Columbus attorney Bill Bambach has died. He was 73 years old.
Bambach died Friday in Birmingham at the University of Alabama Hospital after a battle with heart disease.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Bambach was a retired fighter pilot with the United States Marine Corps and participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. He graduated from the University of Scranton and earned a degree in business management before earning his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983.
In 1994, Bambach ran unsuccessfully for Chancery Judge. He entered the political arena again in 2011, when he ran unsuccessfully for District 16 District Attorney.
Circuit court clerk Haley Salazar said Bambach will be a missed presence around the courthouse. Speaking of a running joke she had with the Pennsylvania transplant, Salazar said, "Bill was very passionate about his work and exceptionally friendly -- for a Northerner."
Bambach is survived by his wife Barbara, and children, Dr. William Bambach Jr., Christopher Bambach, Matthew Bambach, Christy Bambach and Shannon Bambach.
Funeral services will be held in Pennsylvania.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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