Bob Gajdos of Lorain has been presented with the Marilynn Hupfer Volunteer of the Year Award by the Murray Ridge Center.
It recognizes his longtime service to the developmental disabilities agency board.
Gajdos served three consecutive terms on the board from 2008 to January 2020, most recently as the board president.
“Leading our board was truly a labor of love for Bob,” said Murray Ridge Superintendent Amber Fisher.
Not only did he spend countless hours advocating for residents with special needs in Lorain County, but Gajdos’ son, Bobby, lives at Murray Ridge’s Meister Road Home, she said: “Bob has almost become a part of the Meister Road family himself.”
Christine Ash, administrator at the Meister Road home, called Gajdos “an awesome man.”
She said he entertained residents at Christmas with singing and by playing his guitar.
“He is always encouraging and has kind words to say to the staff, nurses and supervisors,” Ash said.