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Ken Forni, 67, was called home by the Lord when he passed away peacefully on the morning of March 26, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Ken was the loving husband of 46 years to Sandi (Crosby) and devoted father to his children, Jessica Iorio and her husband Marc, son Steve
Forni and his wife Caroline, and his grandchildren Madeleine (8), Clara (5), Luca (3) and Eleanor (1). He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Forni, his sister Karen Forni-Austin and her husband Al, his brother Michael Forni and his wife Lisa. He also leaves behind his father-in-law Mel Crosby and sister-in-law Sue Winterle, along with many nieces and nephews.
Ken was the co-owner of Kens’ Eyewear with “four convenient locations”, a local business he and his business partner Ken Gaspar successfully ran for over 40 years. The relationships built with their valued employees, customers and community were instrumental to the success of Kens' Eyewear, which they sold in April 2019. Born on the Fourth of July in 1953, Ken took pleasure telling his children and friends that the annual fireworks and celebrations were in his honor. Ken treated life as a celebration and lived it to its fullest. He worked hard, played hard and had the infectious personality that made those around him want to work hard and play hard too. Whether it was golfing, fishing on the Cape Cod shores or getting backstage tickets to see Tower of Power in concert, he was the life of the
party. Ken was also a huge fan of sports, and an avid Boston sports fan. Ken played a Dad, Coach, Leader and Fan for his kids. Ken will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and genuine love and welcoming spirit he showed to others. His family is very grateful for all the love and support that friends and the community have shown throughout Ken’s battle. Ken’s rallying cry for his fight came from the great Jim Valvano - “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it
cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever”. Visiting hours will be held from 4-7PM on Wednesday, April 14th at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., East Longmeadow. A funeral service for Ken will be held at 11AM on Thursday, April 15th at the funeral home with limited capacity. There will be a visiting hour from 10-11AM prior to the service on Thursday. For those who would like to view the service online, please visit https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1617731305109284 for live webstreaming. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ken’s name to the Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001 where he was a longtime member and trustee. We really hope this has proper spelling and correct grammar, because Ken wouldn’t have it any other way. For online condolences please visit www.forastiere.com.



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Published in The Republican from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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April 14, 2021
Please accept my sincerest condolences. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Ken at the Exposition Area Golf Tournament where he shared some really kind words about my late mother. I'll always remember that sincerity and kindness. May nice memories of times spent together serve as a comfort in the days ahead.
Jeff Mitchell
April 14, 2021
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April 14, 2021
"Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories."
Sandi and Family,
We are deeply sorry about the loss of Ken. Thinking of you and your family and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.
Sheila and Scott Barlow
April 13, 2021
Dear Sandi, Eleanor and family,
We’re so sorry for your loss and convey our deepest condolences.
May God Bless you all in your time of sorrow.
Peter and Sandra Savenko
Peter and Sandy Savenko
Friend
April 12, 2021
Eleanor, Sandi and family,

Ken and I were friends when we were young and trying to figure out life. It was great to see how successful he became as a son, brother, husband, father, friend and businessman. The world has lost a wonderful man but we will have our memories forever. I'm sorry for your loss.

Tim Lenahan
Timothy Lenahan
Friend
April 10, 2021
Dearest Eleanor,
I was heartbroken for you to hear of Ken's death. My deepest sympathy to you, his wife, children & all who loved him. Such a sweet and good person. Just reading the condolences is an obvious testament to who he was. May God give you all strength and peace in the coming days.

Sincerely,
Diane Fusaro
Diane L. Fusaro
Acquaintance
April 10, 2021
I've known you too long to just call you a friend. You've been a brother and a confidant. I will miss and cherish all the times we had together. I will continue to share all of those stories. You will be forever in my heart. I love you "Ol Pal". Rest in peace my friend.
Bill Galarneau
Friend
April 10, 2021
Dear Eleanor ~ My deepest sympathy in the passing of your son Ken.
Eva Campanini Fiorini
April 9, 2021
Dear Sandi, Jess, and Steve,
We are so sorry for the loss of Kenny. He touched many lives in the most positive and caring way. Please know the prayers of the Mango side of the family are with you. May God Bless.
Jim Mango
Family
April 9, 2021
So many fond and funny memories. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers and how grateful I am to have known Ken.
Ann Mango
Friend
April 9, 2021
My thoughts and prayers to the family. I grew up getting my glasses from the springfield store and he was always so helpful. Great memories of a fantastic person. God Bless.
Heather Fahey
Acquaintance
April 9, 2021
So many fond and funny memories of the time we all spent together.
Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers and how grateful I am to have known Ken.
Ann Mango
Friend
April 8, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ken. I was a customer of Ken’s Eyewear for many years. The service, products, and customer service were impeccable.
Debbie Askwith
April 8, 2021
I will never forget all the fun we had in our “softball years” with Ken as coach. He was the “Dragon Slayer” and we taught him that there was, in fact, crying in softball...Thinking of you all and so sorry for your loss.
Gina Mango
Family
April 8, 2021
Sandi and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
NAOMI DECHRISTOPHER
Friend
April 8, 2021
Sandi so sorry to read about Ken.
Frederick Pugliano
Friend
April 7, 2021
It was my pleasure to know Ken for many years. First in business and then later as a friendly face at the Ranch. Always welcoming and always upbeat. He certainly will be missed by many.
Art and Sue Zukowski
Friend
April 7, 2021
I'm heartbroken to hear of your passing my friend... One last time for you:

It's much too groovy a summer's day
To waste running 'round in the city
But here on the sand I can dream away
Or look at the girls in their pretty
It's a turn down day, nothin' on my mind
It's a turn down day and I dig it... Rest in peace my friend...
Gary
Friend
April 7, 2021
Sandi and family- I'm so sorry for your loss. Ken was a fine man, smart and funny, a great family man, and made delicious salsa. Sure I saw him at Ken's eye wear, but what I most remember is the political and environmental issues we worked on for years here in Agawam. Sometimes we sat around your kitchen table eating nachos and salsa and strategising for hours with our comrades. Great and productive times! Ken will be missed by many!
Donna Jago
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