Genesee Co. advocate, commissioner Bryant Nolden dies
FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) - Bryant “BB” Nolden, of Flint, has passed away. He was 57-years-old.
“The Flint community has lost one of our most steadfast advocates today,” the city said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Nolden embodied community service, according to the city’s social media.
“[Nolden] impacted thousands of people throughout our community; most importantly, our youth,” the city said. “While his absence will be deeply felt across Flint, we will not forget the passion and spirit that he shared with us.”
Former Flint mayor Dayne Walling said he is seeing Nolden’s face in everything.
“BB Nolden was such an incredible pilar in this community,” Walling said. “BB was always there, and he was always right in the middle of any good thing happening.”
The Flint native was a former Flint City Council member and served as the executive director of the Friends of Berston Field House, which he is credited for reopening.
“In the middle of the great recession, we were facing some really difficult reductions here at the city and Councilman Nolden said, ‘mayor, I’m already here at Berston. If you would hand off the keys, we can keep this place open more hours. We can have community groups continue to meet here and all the activities for the youth. So, it was one of the easiest decisions I ever made to hand off those keys,” Walling said.
“My heart aches,” said Ellen Ellenburg, vice chairperson of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. “BB dedicated his life to making Flint and Genesee County a better place. From educating our youth as a teacher, to serving on the Flint City Council, his work at Berston, and his time on the Board of Commissioners, we are all better because of BB. I will personally miss his laugh, his infectious smile, and his ability to bring all sides together for the common good. Such a sad day.”
The flags at Flint City Hall will be lowered to half-staff for the remainder of the week in Nolden’s honor.
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