New London - Edgar Charles Forest, 94, of Vauxhall St., New London, died peacefully at his residence on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012.
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He was born in Newport, R.I., on Nov. 14, 1917, the son of Edgar Felix Forest and Gladys (Dewick) Forest. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and was an Army veteran of World War II. He had a distinguished 30 year career with the F.B.I. as a special agent during which he was stationed in New York City, Owensboro, Ky. and New London. Following retirement from the F.B.I., he served as head of security at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
He was an active member of the Episcopal church for his entire life where he served on the vestry of Saint James Episcopal Church and in various other leadership roles. He also served as chairman of the New London VNA.
He is survived by his four children, Karen Coleman and her husband, Mike, of Beech Grove, Ky., Linda Almeida and her husband, Jaime, of Deep River, Ed Forest and his wife, Yvonne, of Pellville, Ky., and Jim Forest and his wife, Sandra, of Westbrook; 2 step-sons, John Epperson and his wife, Mairi, of Indianola, Iowa, and Jim Epperson and his wife, Georgia, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and twelve grandchildren, Ronnie, Laura, Austin, Brian, Jason, Janet, Laura, Devon, Matt, Eleanor, Allison and James; 3 great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Evelyn Kropp.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean (Kennedy) Forest; and his second wife, Anne (Felts) Forest.
Edgar generously gave to many charitable organizations. He was a kind and gentle man who served as a role model for his children, grandchildren and many that knew him. When asked what his most valued possession was, he said " The love and the respect of his family" - which he most definitely had.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, at the Saint James Episcopal Church, New London. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, people may contribute to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or honor his memory by touching someone's life with a random act of kindness.
Please visit www.Byles.com for directions, to sign the guestbook, or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Nov. 8, 2012