After having surgery for a serious leg injury in February of this year, Pastor Ford was suffering from intense pain and discomfort that led to severe sleep deprivation. This in turn led to symptoms of deep depression. He became far from his usual positive, persevering self.
This depression overwhelmed him. He left his house alone, walked to a nearby pond, and, to all appearances, ended his life. This one act does not come close to defining him or his legacy. We have over 67 years of knowing Pastor Ford as an extremely kind, sacrificially generous, radically hospitable, faithfully loyal, hilariously outgoing, unwaveringly hard-working, always persevering, fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.
We know that Pastor Ford was a blessing to countless people. The family's honesty in sharing this information reminds us all that even the strongest among us are not immune to illness and weakness.
God has him and each of us in the palm of His hand.