January 9, 1924 – July 17, 2013
“Active in Many Irish Organizations in New York and New Jersey”
Michael Forde, 90, of Union, NJ passed away on July 17, 2013.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 19th from 3-8 PM at the McCracken Funeral Home 1500 Morris Ave Union NJ. A funeral mass will be offered at St. Michael’s Church, Union on Saturday, July 20th at 9:15 AM with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.
Beloved husband of the late Nora Forde. Dear brother of Mary Tobin, Dermott Forde, and Patrick Forde. Loving uncle of Ann Tobin, Breege Tobin, and Kathleen Lyman, of County Roscommon Ireland.
Michael was a native of Crossna Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland and was a resident of the Township of Union, NJ for over 35 years. He retired from General Motors Hyatt Bearing Division and as a Bus Driver for the Boro of Madison Senior Citizen Center in 2004. Michael was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church, Union NJ where he served as Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4504, Union NJ. He was the president of the County Roscommon Society of NY/NJ from 1979-1983 and 1999-2004. He was also a member and delegate of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the United Irish Counties Association of New York.
Michael was an active member of many NJ organizations, including Member and Delegate of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, The John J. Giblin Association, The John F. Cryan Association, AOH Division #2 Rahway. Garden State Arts Cetnter Irish Festival and the Irish American Association Society of Union.
He was elected to the post of District Leader for the Township of Union Democratic Committee. He was also a past member of the Township of Union Environmental Commission, and the Township of Union Democratic Club.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Michael’s name to St. Barnabas Hospice, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052.
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2013
- Visitation Friday, July 19, 2013
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December 26, 2013
He had made his mark on society and has left this world a better place because of his presence. He will be missed but in the hearts of many forever.
July 19, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the Forde family at the loss of your beloved Michael. The Heavenly Kingdom has gained a beautiful soul. Margaret and Ray Dunn, Stuart, Florida
The Geelan Family
July 19, 2013
Michael was a true friend to the Geelan Family and to the Roscommon Society. We will greatly miss him as we miss his wonderful wife Nora. With our sincere condolences to all his family.
July 18, 2013
Michael was a true gentleman. He enjoyed life and if you we're a friend he was as loyal as the day is long. A true son of Ireland he embraced and celebrated his Irish heritage with respect and heraldry. Michael played a huge role in the formation of the Union Co. St. Patricks Day Parade and will be missed. God Bless You, Michael Forde!!!
July 18, 2013
MIKE WAS A REAL GENTLEMAN..OUR PRAYERS GOES OUT TO ALL THE FAMILY..BRIDIE & BRENDAN VESEY