John S. Forbes, Sr. of 4380 West Seneca Road, Trumansburg passed away at the Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at the age of 79.

Born in Watkins Glen, New York on April 19, 1923, John was the son of Albert and Marcia Beardsley Forbes. Following his graduation from the Watkins Glen High School in 1941, John entered the U.S. Army where he served as an engineer with Company A, 168th Engineer Combat Battalion during WW II. He received an Honorable Discharge
on December 5, 1945 with the rank of Technician Fifth Grade.

John completed two years of Business Administration Studies at Sienna College in Loudenville which helped him secure employment with the Finger Lakes State Park Commission. He retired from the Regional Maintenance Supervisor's position in 1983, following 37 years of service with the parks system.

He enjoyed bowling and was active in the Watkins Glen Leagues for many years. John was also a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Club, the Trumansburg V.F.W. Post #5498, was Past Commander of the Watkins Glen V.F.W. Post #555 and was a past member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department.

John was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 52 years, Anna D. "Fran" Forbes on March 19, 2002 and two sisters, Mary Fisher and Barbara Burnett. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth A. Forbes of Ithaca; a son, John S. Forbes, Jr. (Lynn) of Auburn; two granddaughters, Shannon and Stephanie; one niece, two nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany on Friday, January 17, 2003 at 10:00 am with Fr. Ralph Locke officiating.

In keeping with John's wishes, no public calling hours have been scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be directed to the Trumansburg Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

The family has entrusted arrangements to the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. 1-888-534-5446.

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