AB FORTH 1927 — 2009

Grampa Ab

Grampa Ab

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ab on September 22, 2009 at the Credit Valley Hospital. Beloved husband of Joyce (Wither) who he married in Winnipeg in 1953. Wonderful father to Bruce (Cheryl), Sharon (Stephen) Abel, and Laura J. (James). Proud grandfather of Katie, Alex and Andrew Forth, and Laura and Virginia Abel. He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick Charles and Sarah Jane Forth, and brothers Fred of Ancaster, Jack of Gravenhurst, Gordie of Red Deer and sister Lillian of Winnipeg. He is survived by brother Alf of B.C. and sister Betty of New Orleans. Ab loved life, took great pride in his home, his family and his employment and is well remembered in the furniture business for his years as National Sales Manager for La France Textiles, and later with Pride of Paris until his retirement. Ab was transferred by La France to Mississauga in 1970, and while it was not easy to leave family and friends in Winnipeg, and the family cottage in Sandy Hook, he quickly made new friends and a lasting impression in his new territory. The family joined St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church, and all of his children were confirmed there. In Winnipeg, Ab was an active curler at the Deer Lodge Curling Club, and after moving to Mississauga, curled with Bruce and Stephen at the Humber Highland Club. Ab was a wonderful athlete, excelling in hockey, track and field and golf, attested to by the many trophies and awards he won during his lifetime. In Winnipeg, as a 25 year member of Assiniboine Golf Club, he was their representative for many years in the Mundie Putter League. In Ontario, he was a member at Glen Abbey for 15 years. Twice he had a hole-in-one, once in Winnipeg and once in Florida. Ab said he made many friends and sales on the golf course. He was a longtime member of the Clarkson Music Theatre, helping to build the sets for many productions, and won an award for the sets he built for H.M.S. Pinafore. He had never been interested in being on stage until he was finally convinced to be in the chorus for the Mikado, but he found he loved it and continued to sing in the chorus with Joyce in many concerts. Ab and Joyce moved to their condo in Oakville in 1997, where they became active on the social and gardening committees. Ab loved the condo, as it allowed them to spend their winters in Florida, golfing and enjoying life with their friends. In 2006, he joined the Chancel Choir at St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church and greatly enjoyed both the music and the friendship of other choir members. Ab had a gentle and kind nature and a great sense of humour. He said his greatest trophies were his 56 year marriage to Joyce and his children. His happiest times were spent with them and his five grandchildren. Although ill, he was able to attend a long overdue family reunion in Winnipeg this spring, and see many of his in-laws, nieces and nephews, and especially his brother Alf and dear friends Al and Shirley Muir and Barbara Longworth. According to his wishes, Ab will be cremated, and a visitation will be held at Skinner and Middlebrook Funeral Home, 128 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga 905-278-5546 on Sunday, September 27, 2009, from 3-6 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church, 998 Indian Road, Mississauga, on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the music program at St. Stephen’s-on the-Hill.

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One Response to “AB FORTH 1927 — 2009”

  1. Laura E. Abel Says:

    Below are comments from the Toronto Star’s Guest Book which will remain online until 24/10/2009. Until then, the original entries can be seen here.

    October 2, 2009
    Dear Joyce,
    I was so sorry to hear about Ab. I will always remember his fun-loving spirit, joyful laugh and the twinkle in his eye. Thinking of you and your family.
    Barb Slater,

    September 29, 2009
    I remember Ab when we sharded days together at La France Textiles in the mid seventies in Toronto. Athough I did not keep close touch I would like the family to know how sadened I am of his passing. Ab was truly an inspiration to me in business as a young man. I will always remember him as the kind and gentle man he was.

    I know I will see him again.

    yours truly,

    Bruce Maindonald
    Bruce Maindonald,
    Toronto, Ontario

    September 26, 2009
    A bright, smiling and welcoming face in the St. Stephen’s community has gone, a loss for all his current friends and family as well as his older acquaintances and friends of which I am proud to be one. Distance does not dim the happy memory of sharing Church events and activities with this capable man and his equally capable wife, Joyce, for whom we offer our sincerest condolences.
    Bill McNaughton,
    Exmoor&Miramichi, New Brunswick

    September 25, 2009
    Dear Ab Forth was a true gentleman with the biggest smile and warmest hug. He was always there for us at Clarkson Music Theatre to build and paint sets, work hard backstage whenever we needed him.
    It was lovely to see him on stage for our 60th anniversary production of “The Mikado” and we got to hear his fine tenor voice in many concerts after that.
    We will miss you very much Ab, I will miss your infectious smile and the lovely hugs and that wonderful twinkle in your eye.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family Joyce.
    with much love

    Dennis and Rita Ferguson Oakville.

    September 25, 2009
    As a member of Clarkson Music Theatre, Joyce and Ab embodied all that was good about community theater. They were always there with delighted smiles on their faces moments before they were to “enter stage right”. My best stage memory is the Mikado when they got to play my parents. We had so much fun. Even when they decided the stage was no longer for them, they were determined to continue to be a part of the show. In Wonderful Town, they were the hardest working crew members backstage. I will miss you Ab. You always made me smile. That twinkle in your eye was always shared with Joyce. You were the best of what makes a true gentleman. Missed and mourned by me. Christine McMahon. Mississauga
    Christine McMahon,
    Mississauga, Ontario

    September 25, 2009
    I sit with my toes curled under my feet like a weird little cave-man, resting the tops of my toe knuckles on the floor. Apparently it’s genetic. First time Joyce went over to Ab’s parents’ home and saw the whole Forth brood sitting like that all she could think was how odd and uncomfortable and downright stupid it was. Here we are 6 decades later, and me and all my cousins are all sitting like this. Grampa thinks it’s comfy.

    Grampa says Michelob beer is the nicest. Any American I’ve ever talked to says it’s just about the worst beer available. I’ve never tried it, but when I do, I’ll be biased.

    Toronto, Ontario

    September 24, 2009
    I was saddened to hear the news of Ab’s passing. I hadn’t seen him for many years but I still can remember his laugh and warm smile. He was always kind to me and we enjoyed many laughs together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Howard Gaul,
    Toronto, Ontario

    September 24, 2009
    May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
    Linda Braendel,
    Toronto, Ontario

    September 24, 2009
    Joyce and all the Forths
    We were so sorry to learn of Ab’s death–may the love of family and friends be of comfort at this time. We have many happy memories of Ab around the dining room table at Sharon and Steve’s. He was a true gentleman.
    Love, Carolyn, Alastair, Kelly and Meg
    Carolyn Neill,

    September 24, 2009
    He will be greatly missed by many,
    Laura, James and Molly
    Laura Forth,
    Toronto, Ontario

    September 24, 2009
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Aunt Joyce.
    Mark & Kathy Jones,
    Gravenhurst, Ontario

    September 24, 2009
    Aunt Joyce, Bruce, Sharon, Laura and families.
    Uncle Ab was my closest Uncle. He always made me feel loved. He always made me laugh. He always made me feel like my Dad was still here as they were alot alike. I will miss him so much.
    Take care of yourselves and always remember how much he was loved and how much he loved everyone.
    Fran and Warren Rowe

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