Zanesville Mayor Don Mason sadly announced the death of councilwoman Ann Gildow in a press release Saturday evening.
The mayor described Gildow as compassionate, whose presence was always accompanied by smiles and kind words. He went on to say that the community has lost an irreplaceable soul.
While serving on council the mayor said Gildow attended every committee meeting including ways and means, EMS and the land bank just to name a few.
She joined council in 2011 as an at-large member. She often volunteered to help water and care for the downtown planters.
The mayor said the last several years Gildow fought physically and valiantly against cancer.
Mayor Mason is asking each member of the community to do something nice for a stranger or a friend, a neighbor or our community in honor of Gildow.
Several members of council also posted their condolences in the wake of Gildow’s passing including the President of City Council Dan Vincent.
“Ann will be sadly missed. She was a positive force, as a good friend to many, always helping others, and bringing happiness and a smile wherever she went. She truly enjoyed life and people.
Ann was an excellent public servant and would always say yes when asked to serve on one more committee or take on one more leadership role. She was willing to put in the work needed to serve others and city she loved. From helping with the planters downtown to Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, Ann was very involved and appreciated. She will be greatly missed,” said Vincent.
We’ll provide funeral arrangements when they become available.