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Kirby Nesbitt honored posthumously as 2021 Ashland County Outstanding Senior Citizen

  Posted on September 9, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce that Kirby Nesbitt has been selected as the 2021 Ashland County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipient. He was honored posthumously on Wednesday, September 8, at the Plymouth Clerk’s Office at 48 W. Broadway Street in Plymouth, Ohio. 

Nominated by Terry McQuillen, of the Good Shepherd in Ashland, OH, Kirby was one month shy of his 100th birthday when he passed away on April 10, 2021. “Kirby would have gotten a kick out of this,” said McQuillen, who accepted the award on behalf of her dear friend. As a U.S. Army Veteran, Kirby served his country in both the Infantry and Military branch. He continued to support his fellow veterans throughout his senior years.

Several friends, including members of the Lions Club of Plymouth, Ashland Mayor Matt Miller; 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen Awardee, Tom Kranz; and Plymouth Mayor Cassaundra Fryman were present to recognize Kirby’s legacy of goodwill and fellowship. Mayor Miller presented a proclamation for Kirby’s service to his country and his community. Kirby’s granddaughter, Heather Simmons of Louisville, Kentucky joined the ceremony through the Agency’s Facebook livestream.   

Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.  There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)  Awardees are selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario 419-524-4144, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence, and dignity.