Gerry was adored and loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for always having a smile on his face. He truly knew how to light up a room. Gerald Forbes left us peacefully at Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy, with his family by his side. Gerry leaves behind his wife Gwen (nee Sims) of 64 years, his son Bill (Janice), and his daughter Cathy (Greg) Smith. Adoring Papa to his five granddaughters Melissa (Jeff), Miranda (Brian), Brianne, Megan and Kaitlin, and great grandson Brayden. Predeceased by his parents Hugh and Clara (nee Adair) Forbes, siblings Annie Facey, Doug Forbes, Ruth Waters and Hugh Forbes. Loved by many from both the Forbes and Sims families.
Gerry was a gentle, kind, thoughtful and caring person. He had a long career with CN Rail in London. Gerry loved to host picnics at his home in Komoka. He also took great pride in his community and was heavily involved with the Komoka United Church, Komoka-Kilworth Optimist Club, Komoka Seniors Complex, Doric Masonic Lodge, Shriner’s and Municipal politics. The greatest joy of his retirement was spending time with his granddaughters and watching them perform at their many dance events!
Gerry loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with family and good friends. Other passions included being an avid jogger, the Toronto Blue Jays, curling and many walks with family.
Although Gerry faced many obstacles after his stroke 17 years ago, he displayed determination, never giving up! We would like to thank the staff at Mount Hope in London, Season’s Retirement and Strathmere Lodge in Strathroy, for all the care that he received. He was well taken care of and enjoyed all of the people that he met . Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges on Thursday, April 7th from 10am to 12 noon where a funeral service to celebrate Gerrys life will be held at 12 noon. Interment Campbells Cemetery Komoka. Donations to the Middlesex London Heart and stroke foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be made through the funeral home. www.elliottmadill.com
A Memorial Tree was planted for Gerald
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Elliott-Madill Funeral Home Ltd.