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Memorial Services Announced for Councilman Bob Ford

Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 9:05AM

Port Orange, FL - Details of the memorial service for Councilman Bob Ford have been announced. Ford, 74, passed away on Saturday December 22, 2018.

A celebration of life for Ford will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, Florida 32129. An online condolences board is available at to share memories and messages with the family.

Ford was re-elected last month for another term on the City Council; a special election will have to be held to fill the District 1 vacancy. Discussions regarding timing of the special election will commence as City offices reopen after the holiday.

Many took to social media to share their condolences to the family and to the City of Port Orange on the loss of an influential leader like Ford.

“RIP @cityportorange Councilman Bob Ford! Our prayers for your family and the entire community. @FLCities @FlMayors,” tweeted Matt Surrency, the Mayor of Hawthorne, Florida.

Volusia County Commissioner Heather Post shared her thoughts after receiving the news of Ford’s passing.

“My heart aches this evening at the news of Port Orange City Councilman Bob Ford’s passing. He was smart, kind, compassionate & never failed to have supportive words when our paths crossed,” tweeted Post. “This is a deep loss for our community & I will miss him dearly.”

The City Council meets next on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, where discussion will most definitely involve the absence left by the passing of Ford, as he was a mainstay on the Council and a man many considered a friend.

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