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Paul Forbes

AGE: 84 • Parsippany

Paul Forbes completed his journey here on February 5, 2013, passing away peacefully at his home. He was born in Paterson, NJ on April 5, 1928. Forbes received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fordham University; he was employed by Texaco, Inc. followed by U. S. Army Service where he completed Officer Candidate School and flight training. In Korea, he headed the Eighth Army Maintenance Test Flight section at the rank of First Lieutenant. Following graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he headed Forbes Corporation which was bought by Shell Oil Company. As Chairman of the Board of First Petroleum Marketing Company, he began a market development program for Amoco Oil Company. First Petroleum, located in central New Jersey, was sold to Amoco. Forbes subsequently acquired and later liquidated six branded petroleum jobberships in Florida, Michigan, and northwestern New York. Some of his national committee chairmanships have included: Shell Oil Jobbers and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. He served on the Committee on Public Issues for the American Petroleum Institute and was elected to its Board of Directors. Forbes has been featured in a number of national magazine cover stories and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. He was a speaker at countless Management Institutes throughout the country. Active in civic affairs, Forbes' Directorships included the Wayne Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce; First National Bank of New Jersey; Passaic General Hospital, and New Jersey Blue Shield. He was the Founder and First President of both the Passaic County Alcoholic Rehabilitation Board and the Packanack Golf Club, and a President of the Serra Club of Paterson. While a member of the executive committee of the Archbishop's Committee of the Laity in Newark he was appointed a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II.

Over 25 years Forbes taught many different management and marketing courses at Seton Hall University. In 1991, he initiated Seton Hall's "June in China Program" with Professor Gil Matos. Forbes was a guest lecturer in Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall; the University of Business and Economics in Beijing, China; and the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland. He retired from Seton Hall in 2008. He was the co-founder and administrator of the McKenna Tithing and Stewardship Ministry. Since 1977 the group has introduced tithing and ministry into more than 1,000 parishes across the United States. He recruited and coordinated more than forty volunteer witnesses who continue to speak in churches up to eight weekends a year.

Six brothers and sisters predeceased Paul: Cyril Forbes, Mary Joan Forbes, William Forbes, Donald Forbes, Catherine Anne Braithwaite and Mary Ellen Kramer. Paul is survived by his wife, Foncé (nee-Kendrick) Forbes; his daughters: Lee Anne Forbes, Allison F. Sidow & her husband, Paul; Sarah F. Moran & her husband, Bill; & his grandchildren: Danielle Sidow, Callum and Kendrick Forbes-Doust, and Abigail Moran.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Christopher R.C. Church, 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany. Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. Visiting hours are on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany. (973)887-3235 or visit In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.


Published in Daily Record on Feb. 8, 2013
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