OBITUARY

John H Forbes Sr.

December 15, 1934February 25, 2018
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John "Jack” Forbes sr. died unexpectedly in his home on February 25th, 2018 in Washingtonville, NY at the age of 83. John is survived by Spouse Lenora Forbes (Widow) Mary Forbes (1st Wife) Children: Wanda Brendenbeck, Jacqueline Barnes, Dawn Volkmer John Forbes jr. Grandchildren: Jessica Harris, Jocelyn Brabham, Ernst Fortune, Angela Barnes, Toni Barnes, John Forbes 3rd, Desiree Forbes, Joshua Brendenbeck, Nicholas Barnes, Michael Volkmer, Tiffney Forbes, Destiny Forbes, Miah Forbes and Scott Volkmer. Great-Grandchildren: Alexis Fortune, Giselle Fortune, Sebastian Brendenbeck and Davion Forbes. Preceded in death by: His 2nd Wife Jennifer Forbes, his sister Helen Wallace and his parents Arthur and Beatrice Forbes. John Forbes was born on December 14, 1934 in Goshen NY to Arthur and Beatrice Forbes. Following his career as a United States Naval Reserves Officer, John started his illustrious career as a New York State Trooper by shattering racial bounds and becoming the very first black New York State Trooper, as well as a proud member of The Washingtonville Police Department. John was a prominent member of the Orange County Community involved in Organizations such as, Fish, Knights of Columbus, Hub Housing, and Holding the office of Elder at Bethany Presbyterian. John often spent countless days at the Farmers Museum and at car shows where he meant countless likeminded friends, or dancing and singing some silly song making those around him laugh. You could always find John wearing a pair of cowboy boots, a Gigantic belt buckle, a cowboy hat and chewing on a piece of grass (even in the middle of winter). Some of John’s greatest moments were the ones he spent with his grandson Scott Volkmer. You would often see them both sitting together in a far off corner laughing at their inside jokes, as if they were both reading some secret book that only the two of them knew about. So if you are ever looking for a smile and something to remember John by look at his grandson who has become a shining example of John’s Legacy. A wake is scheduled for Friday March 2nd 2018 between the hours of 5:00pm- 9:00pm At David T. Fergusons Funeral Home, 20 North Street, Washingtonville. A Mass will be on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 beginning at 11:30 am at St. Mary’s church, 42 Goshen Avenue, Washingtonville, NY. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John's life. In lieu of Flowers, please make a donation to Bethany Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville, New York.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Knights of Columbus Prayer Service Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

John H Forbes Sr.

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Emma and Freddy Meyer

March 3, 2018

Dawn and Family.
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a great and knowledgeable man. Enjoyed talking with him when we saw him at family outings, and when He and Jennie came north to see my Mom. Our Deepest Condolences and love to all of the family. RIP John.
Love, Emma and Freddy Meyer.

Margaret Dolson

March 3, 2018

My sincerest sympathies to the Forbes family. I remember being raised in the same neighborhood with Johns children. We have lost many now from there but the memories will always be with us. Peace be with you John Sr. (M.C.)

Linda Fichera

March 1, 2018

Dear Jackie, Dawn and families,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are keeping your Dad and your family in our prayers.
Linda and Tony Fichera

Jack J Maniscalco

March 1, 2018

Dear Lenora, Jack & Dawn,

Beverly and I extend our condolences at John's recent passing. When we bought the house next door, John immediately made us feel welcome and at home. He parked his Mustang in the driveway, until we closed on the house, to make people think someone was living there. Then, the day we moved in, he and Jenny stopped by with a welcome bag of extra fruits and vegetables they had picked up from the farmer's market.

John was often the wise, old uncle or surrogate grandfather to our son. And, then a few years later, he resumed that role for our grandson. Even for me, at many times, he served as my confidant and sage.

Before we paved the driveway, I cannot count the number of times I would look out back and find John driving across the yard with his riding mower, smiling and waving to me.

I will always look back fondly at our countless conversations in the parking area next to my driveway, where we solved all the problems of the world. I can recall one such time when we heard "Hi, John! Hi, Grandpa!" coming from my grandson who was in the upstairs bathroom. Although pitched on his throne, Jack D. had to make certain he was included in our conversation. I still remember John's big broad smile as we both laughed.

John was my "validation" in Washingtonville. Whenever I spoke with a local, or long term resident, the moment I mentioned that I lived next door to John Forbes, I could see a relaxation and felt an acceptance that now I was "one of us".

I am only sorry that, the day we moved, John wasn't up to receiving visitors so, we couldn't give him a proper goodbye. We had plans to see him when we visited NY later this year.

Godspeed good neighbor and good friend.

Donna DiBona

March 1, 2018

Dear Dawn and Forbes Family,
Remembering your precious Dad and sending our deepest sympathy. We will always remember his smile and kind ways. Heaven gained a special Angel.
RIP Mr. Forbes.


Love you all, Donna, Butchie and DiBona Family

Dean Howard

March 1, 2018

Dear Forbes Family,
We wanted to express our sincere sorrow in the loss of your loved one John "Jack" Forbes Sr. I worked with Mary Forbes back in the day At Maybrook ICF and often had contact with her children when they came to visit their Mother. We are praying for you all during this time of transition and may GOD bless you and keep you! Sincerely Your's Ruth and Dean Howard.

Penny Forbes

February 28, 2018

He was not just my father in law he was my pops. Always had hour talks with him. Will miss his caring words. Rip pop

Stacey (and family) Pazoga Larsen

February 28, 2018

Sincerest heartfelt condolences to Dawn and Family.
So sorry for the loss of this jovial man - he always had
a smile and kind word whenever we met... guessing he
and my dad are sharing a laugh together again ;)
with love and sympathy, Stacey Pazoga Larsen (and family)

Krystal Mann

February 28, 2018

I remember going to bbqs and family get togethers seeing uncle john there was the highlight of the night. He always had a smile on his face and knew how to make everyone happy. If you we're sad go talk to uncle john you'll be instantly happy. He was such a positive person . We love you uncle john R. I. P you'll be missed xoxo

Jacqueline (Dolly)

February 26, 2018

My family and I send our most deepest sympathy to the family.. Many fond memories of our families.. You will be missed John.

Biography

John "Jack” Forbes sr. died unexpectedly in his home on February 25th, 2018 in Washingtonville, NY at the age of 83.
John is survived by Spouse Lenora Forbes (Widow) Mary Forbes (1st Wife) Children: Wanda Brendenbeck, Jacqueline Barnes, Dawn Volkmer John Forbes jr. Grandchildren: Jessica Harris, Jocelyn Brabham, Ernst Fortune, Angela Barnes, Toni Barnes, John Forbes 3rd, Desiree Forbes, Joshua Brendenbeck, Nicholas Barnes, Michael Volkmer, Tiffney Forbes, Destiny Forbes, Miah Forbes and Scott Volkmer. Great-Grandchildren: Alexis Fortune, Giselle Fortune, Sebastian Brendenbeck and Davion Forbes. Preceded in death by: His 2nd Wife Jennifer Forbes, his sister Helen Wallace and his parents Arthur and Beatrice Forbes.
John Forbes was born on December 14, 1934 in Goshen NY to Arthur and Beatrice Forbes.
Following his career as a United States Naval Reserves Officer, John started his illustrious career as a New York State Trooper by shattering racial bounds and becoming the very first black New York State Trooper, as well as a proud member of The Washingtonville Police Department. John was a prominent member of the Orange County Community involved in Organizations such as, Fish, Knights of Columbus, Hub Housing, and Holding the office of Elder at Bethany Presbyterian. John often spent countless days at the Farmers Museum and at car shows where he meant countless likeminded friends, or dancing and singing some silly song making those around him laugh. You could always find John wearing a pair of cowboy boots, a Gigantic belt buckle, a cowboy hat and chewing on a piece of grass (even in the middle of winter). Some of John’s greatest moments were the ones he spent with his grandson Scott Volkmer. You would often see them both sitting together in a far off corner laughing at their inside jokes, as if they were both reading some secret book that only the two of them knew about. So if you are ever looking for a smile and something to remember John by look at his grandson who has become a shining example of John’s Legacy.
A wake is scheduled for Friday March 2nd 2018 between the hours of 5:00pm- 9:00pm At David T. Fergusons Funeral Home, 20 North Street, Washingtonville. A Mass will be on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 beginning at 11:30 am at St. Mary’s church, 42 Goshen Avenue, Washingtonville, NY.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate John's life. In lieu of Flowers, please make a donation to Bethany Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville, New York.