Gilda York, a 57-year-old well-known community figure in Nashville, died in a head-on collision over the weekend.
York owned a tuxedo store in Rivergate and was the owner and operator of Ambassadors and Social Graces by Gilda. According to long-time friend of York, Hal Gibbs, the business helped teach high school boys across the city how to be men.
"She touched thousands of kids across Nashville," said Gibbs. "She taught boys how to be polite, how to have manners, how to set the table. She was basically a (surrogate) parent to some of these young men."
Following the accident that took York's life, those who knew her well took to social media to express their condolences and speak about the impact she had on their lives.
Hendersonville Woman's Club, of which York was a member, had the following to say about the woman:
"Her love of young people was a rare and special gift. Through her Ambassadors & Social Graces program she bonded with each teen and helped guide them through life by encouraging them to give back to the community every chance they get. Her reputation in the event industry was unmatched. Many a man, young and old, never looked better than when Gilda dressed them in the perfect tuxedo."
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