Date: 6/2/19 4:45 pm From: Jimmy Woodard <j.woodard...> Subject: Re: Passing of Ford Hendershot
David, please pass on my condolences to his family and friends. I hope you and others can attend the celebration
on such short notice. I have to work or I would consider coming, too.
I met Ford thru birding. He toured me around many times at Red Slough and Little River and we birded together
on a Broken Bow CBC or two.
He was always kind, generous and considerate to me and others he met. He would go to great lengths to make
sure other birders got to see what they were looking for.
I remember the time a few years ago when Larry Mays and I and two birders from Louisiana met up with Ford
to search for a Red-necked Grebe on Broken Bow Lake. Larry rented a pontoon boat and Ford drove it around
on the lake as our guide/driver/boat captain! It was quite an experience.
I was supposed to bird with Ford during the Monday/Tuesday of the Red Slough Festival. He graciously agreed to
help me even though he had guiding commitments to the festival as well. I found out that Sunday of his condition.
I called him and thanked him for his offer to guide me but I knew he wasn't in any shape to do so.
I had hopes that he might be allowed a few more months but his passing was even quicker that Bill Thompson III,
Of the Bird Watcher's Digest family, who passed recently three months after his diagnosis.
The birding world and society as a whole needs more people like Ford and BT III. They were very nice folks. I will
Midwest City, OK
From: okbirds [mailto:<OKBIRDS...>] On Behalf Of David Arbour Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2019 11:29 AM To: <OKBIRDS...> Subject: [OKBIRDS] Passing of Ford Hendershot
Ford Hendershot passed away last Wednesday night in his sleep. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer about three weeks earlier. Ford was a forest service volunteer who helped give tours at Red Slough. Many of you know Ford from going on his tours. Ford was also an avid ebirder. His Celebration of Life will be tomorrow (Monday) at 2:00 p.m. in Idabel at the United Methodist Church.