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Don Kirby

July, 2023

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.

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A celebration of Don's life will be held at Kingswood on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day) at 11:00am at Stone Ministry. Please email Holly Moore at if you plan to attend, so we can have an idea of the number of people attending.


Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center is our sister camp located on Shelter Island. Quinipet offers day and overnight summer camp for children ages 5-16 and retreat space for groups. Quinipet also offers pastoral retreats at no charge to active NYAC ministers.

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Kingswood is owned and operated by the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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