Edward Armand Forest
November 21, 1927 – July 30, 2020
ELGIN, South Carolina – Edward Armand “Shorty” Forest, 92, died on Thursday, July 30, 2020, due to complications related to COVID-19.
Eddie was born on November 21, 1927, in Keene, the son of Yvonne and Arthur Forest. He left Keene High School to serve in the U.S. Army from February 15, 1946 to March 24, 1947, later earning his GED in 1976. After the war he returned to Keene and married his sweetheart, Laurette Rita (Madore) Forest (1922-2006), to whom he was married for 57 years. Eddie and Laurette built a life and started a family in and around Keene, where he was an active participant in the town as the proprietor of the West Street Barbershop and eventual owner of the Howe Block.
The two left Keene in 1982 for their “last great adventure,” which would take them to St. Cloud, FL. Eddie worked for the St Cloud Power Plant until he was 67, followed by 25 years of retirement. He and Laurette loved the climate in Central Florida, thoroughly enjoyed their retirement together, and enjoyed visiting their daughters and grandchildren as often as they could. Eddie spent his younger retirement years relaxing with his beloved wife, building furniture in his workshop, and volunteering in the Ice Cream parlor at Give Kids the World, an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. For the past 8 years, Eddie has been living very close to one of his daughters in the Columbia, SC, area.
In addition to his parents, Eddie was predeceased by his loving wife and his five brothers, Paul, Rene, George, Charlie & Bernard. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne and her husband, Robert Jones of Columbia SC, their son, Jeremy and his wife, Kayla of Lowell, NC; another daughter, Lynne, her husband, Gregory Edson, of Fryeburg ME, and their son, Forest, of Cambridge, MA. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lorna and Ruth (Forest); one brother-in-law, Normand Madore; many nieces and nephews; and too many friends to mention.
Eddie will be reunited with his late wife at the United States National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. No services will be held at this time.
In lieu of monetary donations, the family asks that you make it a priority to exercise your civic duty to vote in the upcoming national and local elections, and that you help a loved one to do so if you are able. Eddie and Laurette worked the polls for many years, and felt that it was extremely important that everyone vote. Those who wish and are able to make a financial contribution in his memory may also donate to Give Kids The World in Kissimmee, FL (gktw.org).
Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Edward Armand Forest
August 3, 2020
Sue, Lynne, and families~ My deepest sympathy to you at this time. I wish I had magic words to help ease your sorrow. Eddie was my unofficial second dad, and I have such great memories of spending time with you and your parents from our college days to recently. One is when he schlepped Sue and I all around Orlando and Tampa when we came for a visit, and kept my thirst quenched with his vodka slushies. Another is when he set up the trailer at the beach for us, but we "forgot" how it worked. He is with your mom now and I know they are both watching over you now and forever. I know the day will come when thinking of them brings a smile to your face before the tears. Love, Paula
Joe and Nicky Forest
August 1, 2020
Suzanne and Lynne, We just learned this morning via facebook that your father passed away. We are so sorry and send our sympathy and love to you and your family. We have lots of fun memories of Uncle Eddie over our lifetime (Joe has more I know), and he will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him.
Lots of love and prayers for you all. Joe and Nicky