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Flags Lowered in Memory of Josh Kirby

MOUNT VERNON, April 11, 2024 – Mayor Matthew Starr has directed that American and State
flags located on City property be lowered to half mast on Thursday, April 11, 2024 and Friday, April
12, 2024, in memory of former Mount Vernon City Council Person Josh Kirby, who died on
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 of brain cancer. Josh was 47 years old.


Josh, a native of Laconia, N.H., made Mount Vernon his home in 2004. He was elected as a
Council Person representing the First Ward in 2021, replacing Samantha Scoles.


Josh took office on Jan. 1, 2022. A few months into his term he was diagnosed with a rare brain
cancer, but continued to attend Council meetings to the best of his ability. Josh finally had to resign
from his position on Oct. 20, 2022 for health reasons. James Mahan was appointed as First Ward
Council Person on November 4, 2022, and continues to serve in that elected position.


“It is with great sadness that I learned yesterday of the death of Josh Kirby. Josh fought a
courageous battle against brain cancer for the past two years, and I have been praying for him and
his family during this ordeal,” said Council President Bruce Hawkins.


“He was a real leader in this community, and during his short stint on City Council he left a
message to the rest of Council about his caring attitude and love for this community. He was a
great family member, businessman and an asset to this community,” Hawkins continued.
“The courage and determination that Josh exhibited after receiving his diagnosis were a lesson
and inspiration to us all,” said Mayor Matthew Starr. “He has left us much too soon, and our
prayers go out to his family and loved ones. He will truly be missed.”


Josh is survived by his wife, Missy, and their three sons, Wyatt, Logan and Tucker. The family is
having a private graveside funeral with burial to follow, and asks that people, in lieu of flowers,
consider donating to www.stachestrong.org, a non-profit organization that supports brain cancer
research.

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