Michael J. Forgetta Jr.

November 10, 1964May 4, 2019

Michael J. Forgetta, Jr., 54, of Simsbury, beloved son of the late Michael J. Forgetta, Sr. and Nina (Pagano) Forgetta, passed away at home on Saturday, May 4, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Hartford on November 10, 1964, he had lived in the area all his life. Michael attended high school and college preparatory courses at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and he also served as an organist at St. Augustine Church in Hartford. He had extensive experience with leadership development, performance consulting and corporate training programs and worked in many capacities at both Aetna and ING, as well as for many years at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a realtor, regional trainer and director of education. He also worked as a presenter and trainer for several different conference organizations. Theater was his passion and he was extremely involved with The Little Theatre of Manchester, performing in countless plays and musicals and serving as their President from 1998-2002 and as their Artistic Director for many years. Michael will be forever missed by his three siblings, Daniel Forgetta and wife Terry of Wethersfield, Lydia Forgetta-Sheffield of Guilford and Aggie Dorio and husband Frank of Estero, FL; his niece, Alisa Collins and husband Landis of Wethersfield; his nephew, Matthew Dorio of Oregon and one dear great-nephew, Brandon Collins. He is also survived by many cousins, extended family members, co-workers and friends, as well as his faithful canine companion and best friend, Zoe. In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Nathaniel “Skip” Sheffield. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to The Little Theatre of Manchester, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040 (online at or the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Ctr., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. To share a memory of Michael with his family, please visit


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Michael J. Forgetta Jr.

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Jennifer Oquendo

May 10, 2019

Dear Aggie, Dad, Matthew, Danny, Theresa, Alisa, Landis, Brandon and Lydia,

I am very sorry for your loss. Michael was truly a beautiful person. His laugh was contagious and his smile always made everyone around him happy. No words can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. Love always, Jenny and family!

Michael Lamb

May 10, 2019

I have known Michael for over 30 years.
He was such a talented and passionate artist. His energy, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm will be sorely missed by many!

Mary Beth Patnaude

May 10, 2019

Michael inspired me as a musician and actor. I was mentored by him as a young singer. We had lots of fun singing together at St. Augustine's Church. I am so sorry for your loss!

Sarah Hayes

May 8, 2019

Michael had an energy that was contagious and a laugh that was bigger then life. When Michael smiled, you couldn’t help but smile too. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at LTM at first as a director and then a partner in crime on stage. I will forever think of him and keep the stage alive with laugher in honor of him. My thoughts and love are with his family.

Susan Gerr

May 8, 2019

I first met Michael probably 30 or more years ago when he worked with my sister at Hartford Stage.. his infectious belly laughs, hugs and enthusiasm always energized a room.. his love of theatre touched so many people through his acting, teaching, directing and just being who he was.

Michael Morgan

May 8, 2019

We met in 1988 when we were both cast in a production of OKLAHOMA! He was such a wonderful person. When you were with him or talking to him, he made you feel like you were the center of the universe and he listened to you with mind heart and soul.
From work advise, to directing suggestions, to wonderful get togethers, and he was your Champion! For this who will get it - I'm on a roll, pass the butter.
Although we hadn't seen each other in a long time, you knew when you were together, it seemed like no time had passed.
One of the things I am most sorry for is I, like so many others, will never get a chance to chat with him again.
I send my love, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and loved ones who are suffering this far more than others. He truly left his mark on your soul.
And to use a musical theater reference - Because I knew you, I have been changed...For Good!!
Good night sweet Prince, guide those left behind from above and I cannot wait to Tap Dance together on the heavenly stage when we meet again.

Joyce Hodgson

May 7, 2019

There are far too many memories in my 10 years of friendship with Michael to share in this space. To know that he was my friend, and cared for me, and that we had much laughter and love in our lives, is all I really need. He will be missed every day. Sending much love to all the members of the family and other dear friends