FORMAN, George Edward (Ted)
PEng., Commander RCN (Retired)
January 11, 1931- April 9, 2014
Brother, son, husband, father of 6, grandfather of 20. Electrical engineer and electrician. Naval officer, sailor and aviator. Cold warrior, fighter pilot, squadron commander and veteran. Driver, coach and scout leader. Hunter of moose, deer, geese, ducks and Russian submarines. Accomplished athlete competing in numerous marathons. Teacher of jumping into deep water, downhill skiing, tire changes, camp fires, kite making, diarist, letter writer, just to name a few.
In his 84th year, Ted passed away at Stillwater Retirement Home, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his devoted wife Theresa, his granddaughter Carly and brothers Allen and Jim.
Ted, the son of James and Rita Forman, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, B.C. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy at Royal Roads University. After graduation from Royal Military College (RMC), Ted completed his electrical engineering degree at UBC. Ted then served a full career in the navy as an engineer and pilot. Ted served on the HMCS Bonaventure, Canada's only aircraft carrier, as a pilot and electrical officer. As Ted had explained "An aircraft carrier is a very large ship, but a very small airfield. With Bonaventure, we had that truism in spades. All flight operations were launched by catapult and all landings were made with arresting hooks. Flight accidents, great expense and fierce North Atlantic weather made operations untenable. By government fiat, the ship was scrapped and a glorious period of Canadian Naval Aviation passed into history."
Ted flew Banshee Jets and Trackers, becoming Commanding Officer of VS-880, Canada's last carrier-based, fixed wing squadron. The Tracker had the very important responsibility of tracking Russian submarines in the very cold North Atlantic as well as the Pacific coast during the Cold War. After decommission of the 'Bonnie', he served as technical and engineering officer in the Navy's Destroyers. After receiving further specialized training, Ted served on exchange with both the Royal Navy in Britain and the United States Navy.
Following retirement, Ted served in the army with various electronic projects. He retained his love of flying all of his life, serving at various times as president of the Rockcliffe Flying Club and the Canadian Naval Air Group.
All of this being said, there was nothing more important to Ted than his family. Ted's values of modesty, kindness, strength, being a gentleman, taking care of the youth and the elderly, being interested in world events, and loving life with a keen and quick sense of humour were imbedded in everything that he did. (He would hint at mysterious events in the world of "Intelligence", but said he would probably have to line us all up and shoot us if he told his secret stories). He was involved in all of his childrens' activities, driving them to many lessons, practises, years of leadership with the Scouts, attending concerts, sports games and decorating all the childrens' birthday cakes every year.
Ted is deeply mourned by his six children David (Cheryl), Rita (Max), Michael (Stacey), Stephen (Bonnie), Marlene (Rory), Teddy (Kristy) and 20 truly beloved grandchildren Rita, Emily, Jonah, Matthew, Eva, Faye, Stephen, Tessa, Jacob, Liam, Davis, Garrick, Sidney, Carly, Jillian, Thomas, Jack, Griffin, Carter and Brady. He will also be missed by his dear friend Joan Hillary, and his many friends across Canada.
Visitation will take place at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Monday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Services at St. John the Apostle Church, 2340 Baseline Road, Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society
would be appreciated.