Because of the chance of rain, the decision was made to move it from the site of the Lefty Grove Baseball League — where Ford was commissioner for more than 30 years — to the NMS where he was also a eighth-grade English teacher for several decades.
Ford, a popular teacher and fixture at Lefty Grove, died on Sept. 23 at the age of 71.
The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Middle School (64 Christie Ave.). There will be a short presentation, including a few guest speakers. Those attending are encouraged to wear Lefty Grove shirts or hats. the NMS choir also will perform a song, and parents are encouraged to take photos.
If it is not raining at the end of the program, a candle light vigil will still be held outside.
Ford began teaching at the Middle School in 1982, where he also directed numerous school plays and was an advisor for the academic challenge team and the school newspaper. He retired from teaching in 2007. He began volunteering for Lefty Grove Baseball in 1977, and was in virtually every role from secretary, treasurer, umpire, team manager, and for the past 33 years as the league commissioner.
In the Norwalk community, Ford was also a member of the Norwalk Board of Zoning and Appeals and a party and committee member of the Huron County Democratic Party among others.
Donations may be made to Lefty Grove Baseball, P.O. Box 918, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.