Jackson Township officials are mourning the Aug. 16 death of township fiscal officer and longtime Grove City resident William R. Forrester.

Jackson Township officials are mourning the Aug. 16 death of township fiscal officer and longtime Grove City resident William R. Forrester.

Forrester was on the job at Jackson Township until the day before he died. Jackson Township Administrator Mike Lilly said Forrester worked tirelessly throughout his fight against cancer, and shepherded the township through the recession to keep the township in stable financial condition.

"It is with great sadness that we recognize the death of Bill Forrester," Lilly wrote on the township website. "Bill will be fondly remembered by all of us at the township who had the privilege of working with him these past two years."

Grove City mayor Richard "Ike" Stage delivered the news at a city council meeting. He and Lilly also noted Forrester's passing at ribbon-cutting ceremonies Aug. 17 for the Grove City Center of Higher Education.

The community had lost a good friend, they said.

Forrester ran unopposed for the township seat in 2007, his only attempt at public office. He started work in April 2008, acting as the financial officer and overseeing a $14-million annual budget.

Forrester, 67, had lived in Grove City since 1978. A certified public accountant, he retired in 2003 after 38 years at American Electric Power. When he retired, he was the head of the rates and regulations department, responsible for meeting regulations from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his career, his duties included financial reporting, regulatory reporting, corporate finance and resolving customer complaints with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

He was a member of the Comprehensive Long-Range Plan Steering Committee for Grove City, an elder at Grove City First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Grove City-Columbus Elks.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 with a bachelor's in accounting.

The fiscal officer is an elective, part-time position with a four-year term. Forrester sought the position after Alma Bennett retired.

Township trustees on Aug. 17 appointed Bennett as fiscal officer, to serve until the end of Forrester's term in 2012.

Bennett, who retired from a career at South-Western City Schools in 1991, was elected township clerk in 1992. She was re-elected three times, and held the post for 16 years. In 2005, the title of the position changed to fiscal officer.

In 2004, the Franklin County Board of Health presented her the Robert L. Stratton Award for outstanding efforts and leadership in township government. She left office in March 2008 as the township's longest-serving elected official.

Forrester was married to former South-Western school board member Diana Hannon Forrester, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Scott (Kelly Wright) Forrester, Shawn (Jamie) Hannon, Erin (Harvey) Chaffin, and Quinn (Stefanie) Hannon; three grandchildren, Kiersten and Zach Wright and Kyleigh Hannon; brother, Alan (Chris Lewis) Forrester; and longtime good friends, The 40's Group.

Schoedinger Norris Chapel in Grove City handled funeral arrangements.

Contributions in Forrester's memory may be made to the Jackson Township Trauma Fund, P.O. Box 517, Grove City, Ohio 43123 or the South-Western City School Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund, c/o Terry Gerasco, 3805 Marlane Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123.