On Monday, July 10th Don Kirby, our beloved friend and one of our longest Kingswood volunteers, passed away after a short illness. Don’s work in the New York Annual Conference Camps was long and varied. Along the way he accumulated many of us as friends through his gift of hospitality and his genuine love and care for people. His smile, his humor, his dedication to all the camps: Quinipet, Epworth, Olmsted, Sessions Woods and Kingswood are fondly remembered as well as his culinary delights at Woodsmoke and volunteer events.
The amazing thing about Don is he reinvented himself to serve the camps and others to the best of his skills and abilities for over 60 years. He was here at Kingswood, from the very beginning, preparing and greeting the first campers. Don did so much that no one person knew all that he did so we have compiled reflections of Don and his contributions to Kingswood and NYAC camping program.