SHELBURNE FALLS - Kirby Langford, 66, of Shelburne Falls, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, while working in his garden on election day having cast his ballot early in the morning.
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He leaves behind, to grieve his passing, his beloved wife Ann; his cherished daughter Ada; his family, his neighbors, and a community of close friends and co-workers.
William Kirby Langford was born to Louese (Perrine) and Robert Langford on March 1, 1946. Kirby was the youngest of four children. His surviving siblings are Marcia Ellen (Guenther) Lengnick, Robert Gary (Elaine) and Jon Dale (Michele) and their children.
Raised in the hills of northeast Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River, Kirby attended Gettysburg College, served his country as a member of the 101st Airborne and was a member of the military band playing oboe, saxophone and percussion.
Kirby graduated from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich., where he met his wife of 35 years, Ann Herr Langford. Following their wedding, Ann and Kirby relocated to Alexandria, N.H., and from there they moved to the village of Shelburne Falls.
Among their many shared interests, Ann and Kirby loved dancing, music, reading, gardening and art. Their daughter, Ada, was born on Dec. 7, 1980.
Kirby had the soul of an artist which manifested itself in his love of language, his meticulous attention to detail as a painting contractor, and his inescapable attraction to the art form of stained glass, both as observer and designer/fabricator. Kirby's carefully created collages, composed of images and words were a distilled expression of his intellect, his quirky sense of humor and his affection for the recipient.
Kirby's devotion to the written word was expressed in the work he did on behalf of the Arms Library of Shelburne Falls. He served the library in many ways as a member of the board of trustees serving as chairman, secretary, treasurer and building committee chair. He found fulfillment in his contribution to the renovation of the original building, which included making it accessible to the handicapped.
Kirby, the New York Times, and the New Yorker were inseparable. Kirby was a steward of the Earth. The care of his property at 10 Birch Road reflected his respect for nature and its natural beauty. He loved his garden, his woodpile, and caring for his lawn.
A memorial and celebration of Kirby's life will be held in the Langford Room of the Arms Library, Bridge Street, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arms Library at the same address. Please include a note ""In memory of Kirby Langford."" From Nov. 15 to 28, his wife,Ann, will hold a Time of Memory at her home, 10 Birch Road. Please call Ann at 625-9786 to arrange a time during this period. Please leave a message if no one answers. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Recorder on Nov. 16, 2012