JOHN MAURICE FORGET 82, formerly a resident at Fairview Lodge, Whitby, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 following a long series of health complications. John is survived by his most loyal wife Margaret (nee Mahoney). Born May 5, 1932 in Penetanguishene, Ontario to Edgar and Justine (Hamelin) Forget. John grew up in Pentetanguishene, the youngest of four boys and moved to Ajax, Ontario in 1943. He is predeceased by two siblings Julien and Joe and is survived by his brother Gil (Isabel) Forget of Lindsay. John was the father of eight children: James (Pauline) Forget, Jay (Heather) Forget, Marianne (Bob) Malloy, Fr. Charles Forget, Mark (Sharon) Forget, Michael (deceased 1962), David Forget and Paula (Paul) Podesta. John was a grandfather to 14 and a great-grandfather to 17. John is remembered for his tremendous faith which saw him through the good times and storms in his life. John will be remembered most for his big smile and friendly disposition. He was known to many as "Papa John". John was also a proud and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 53 years and was instrumental in helping numerous fellow alcoholics to achieve and maintain sobriety for many, many years. While John will be missed by many, he will remain a cherished friend to so many. A special note of recognition and gratitude goes to Fairview Lodge Nursing Home in Whitby for their exceptional care of both John and Margaret. Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Road, Whitby on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Brooklin, Ontario, 130 Watford Street, Brooklin, Ontario, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Whitby, Ontario to follow the funeral. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at barnesmemorialfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on July 9, 2014