Michael A. Forrest Sr.

December 14, 1937December 16, 2018

Michael A. Forrest Sr., age 81 of the McCormick Road in Ogdensburg, and formerly of New Jersey passed away Sunday (December 16, 2018) at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the family home on Thursday (Dec 20, 2018) from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Burial will be private.

Surviving is his wife Abby Forrest of Ogdensburg; two sons Michael Forrest Jr. & his wife Christine of Ogdensburg and Christopher Forrest & his wife Diane of Pennsylvania; a daughter Tina Cornell & her husband Robert of Buena Vista, PA; two sisters Mary “Ricky” Gross & her husband Robert of Hamilton, NJ and Vicki Elkins & her husband John of Hamilton, NJ; five grandchildren Shane Cornell, Aiden & Ainsley Forrest, and Nathan & Collin Forrest.

Michael was born on December 14, 1937 in Ogdensburg NY, a son of the late Edwin & June (Valance) Forrest. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy for grade school and graduated from Hamilton High West in New Jersey. He enlisted with the Air National Guard at McGuire Air Force Base in 1955 and later with the US Airforce in 1958. He received his honorable discharge in 1962. On May 12, 1963, he married the love of his life Abby Jannone.

Michael worked 37 years for Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey as a supervising construction engineer until 1996 when he retired. He enjoyed working on his horse farm, traveling, going on cruises, dancing, flying airplanes and spending time with his family. Michael was an active board member and construction manager for the Fort La Presentation for 10+ years.

Memorial contributions can be made to Fort La Presentation, PO Box 1749, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at


  • Gathering for Friends & Family Thursday, December 20, 2018

Michael A. Forrest Sr.

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Mark Valley

December 18, 2018

I met Mike with the Fort Association. Competent, cantankerous and motivated, he brought a downstate drive into the upstate enterprise that has been a part of their success ever since. I was lucky enough to get to know Mike and Abby better over the years and enjoyed Mike’s dry wit, generosity and friendship. He was exceedingly supportive of me and even warm hearted - for a former fighter pilot. Born in Ogdensburg, he came back and shared what he’d learned with us and we are all better for it. My thoughts and condolences are with Abby and the rest of the Forrest family.

May your wings be level and true, Mike - Into the wild sky yonder...

Nancy Mashaw

December 18, 2018

Oh my goodness. Mike was such a wonderful, honorable man. He gave the absolute best hugs and always made me feel loved. I'm so glad he had such a loving family. Abby is a wonderful wife. Together, they always let the world know their love for one another. Mike will be greatly missed. I'm so sad that he's gone but so glad he was here for so long.

Katy McNamara

December 17, 2018

One of the sweetest men I’ve ever known. You will be missed greatly. Abby and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.