Rev. Msgr. William J. Forster, of Waltham, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Saint Patricks Manor in Framingham. He was 84. Msgr. Forster was born in Brighton on September 20, 1929, a son of the late Alphonsus J. and Helen G. (Drew) Forster, and was raised in Waltham. He attended Saint Josephs School and was a graduate of Saint Marys High School. After high school he entered Saint Johns Seminary in Brighton in 1947 and in 1951 was sent to North American College in Rome where he completed his priestly studies. He was ordained in Rome on December 8, 1954. After returning from Rome his first assignment was at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in South Boston. In 1956 he returned to Rome for graduate studies earning his doctorate in Sacred Theology. After that he spent twelve years as an administrator at the North American College. He came home to Boston in 1968 when he was appointed vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Boston, a position he held for the next four years. After that he served on the faculty of Saint Sebastian School. In 1975 Msgr. Forster was named administrator of St. Therese Church in Everett and was appointed pastor of the parish. He spent twenty-five years at St. Therese before his retirement and appointment as senior priest of the archdiocese in 2000. Msgr. Forster leaves his sisters, Margaret M. Logue of Waltham, Helen D. McDonald of Townsend and Elizabeth A. Farquharson and her husband, Richard, of Franklin; 16 nieces and nephews, 36 grand nieces and nephews, 5 great-grand nieces and nephews and his dear friends, the McCarthy family of Evertt. He was also the brother-in-law of the late Edward C. Logue and Walter R. McDonald. Family and friends will honor and remember Msgr. Forsters life by gathering for calling hours on Sunday, October 27th, from 3 to 7 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham and again at 10 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham. Memorial donations may be made to Our Ladys Parish, 920 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452. To share a memory and to offer condolences please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com.
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2013