On March 1, 2014, James Edward Forrest of Troy passed away quietly at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was 75 years of age.
Born Sept. 13, 1939 in Elmira, N.Y., he was the son of James and Naomi (Porter) Forrest. James was raised on a farm in Columbia Cross Roads and attended the Troy Area schools, graduating from Troy High School with the Class of 1956. Following high school he served with the U.S. Army, and when he returned to civilian life was employed at the Westinghouse plant in Horseheads until that facility closed. Later, James worked for the Wolfe Egg Farm and eventually was employed as a postal deliveryman. In retirement James was an active volunteer in the Troy community. For nine years he delivered meals on wheels for the Troy Food Pantry. He was active in the Sylvania Lions Club, eventually serving as president. James was also a man of strong Christian convictions and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Troy where he served many years as a deacon. In his free time James enjoyed reading, watching television and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Julia, at home, whom he married June 4, 1988; son, James (and Diane) Jackson of Tom's River, N.J.; daughters, Debbie Campbell, Cindy (and Scott) Larcombe, and Laurie (and Richard) Packer, all of Mainesburg; brother, David (and Sally) Forrest of Mansfield; sisters, Donna (and Richard) Brass of Woodhall, N.Y., Shirley Forrest of Elmira, Eunice (and Arthur) Wilston and Pearl (and Fred) Stroud, all of Troy; as well as several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Naomi Forrest; sister, Lorraine Geiger; and nephew, Daniel Stroud. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the First Baptist Church of Troy. Service will be at 1 p.m. with Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will follow in Tioga County Memorial Gardens. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton.