George Edward (Ted) Forman
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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.




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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 12, 2014.
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April 19, 2014
We were deeply saddened to hear of Ted's passing. It was great to spend time with him at Royal Roads when we were all young cadets but then our paths didn't cross for several years until a few years ago when it was delightful to be able to see him occasionally. We send our sincerest condolences to the family on his passing. Garry and Pamela Ernst
April 17, 2014
To my good friend Rita, her family and the entire Forman clan: hoping the memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all.
Sylvie Pelletier
April 15, 2014
To the Forman family -- thirty some years later, I still remember your father as one of the kindest and wisest men I had met. From the trivial pursuit games to his recognizing what I thought was my "concealed" fear and the reassurance he provided me before my first plane ride in a small craft. May your great memories stay with you, comfort you and continue to be shared.
Judy Casselman
April 15, 2014
Teddy - I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family in your time of need.
Joe Cacciotti
April 14, 2014
Mine are childhood memories from Shearwater that always seem to include Mr. Forman driving Marlene and I somewhere - usually Brownies but many times he would pick us up from Hampton Gray Memorial on a blistery day to spare two little girls a long walk home in nasty weather. RIP
Carrie Green-Bastas
April 14, 2014
Steve, Bonnie, Davis, Garrick, Sidney and the entire Forman family; our heart goes out to you all for the loss of your Father and Grandfather. Sherri and Steve.
April 14, 2014
An excellent and understanding Commanding Officer. I enjoyed serving under him in VS880.
Tom Bailey
April 14, 2014
Marlene: I fondly remember you & I working on our "Fortran" computer assignments at your parents kitchen table. Your Dad would pop in and chat with us. It was great! We both didn't really like the course and the talks with your Dad were a welcome & fun distraction! Thinking of all of you. Christine Thomas
Christine Thomas
April 14, 2014
He was the best boss I ever had. Helpful and understanding. Always cheerful and friendly.Iwill miss him forever. Great loss for all of us.

Robert Luiz
Robert Luiz
April 14, 2014
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Ted Forman, graduate of Royal Roads and the Royal Military College of Canada. His classmates and those who knew him are grateful for having shared a bit of his life as a brother officer, colleague and friend.
On behalf of all members of the Ottawa Branch of the RMC Club of Canada, we extend to Steve and Bonnie and the entire Forman family, our sincerest condolences on Ted's passing
May God grant the soul of Ted Forman eternal rest.
A donation has been made to the Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund to honor the name John Oswald (Ozzie) Ward

5276 JR Digger MacDougall, President Ottawa Branch
Royal Military College Club of Canada
Chair, Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund
Director, Coalition for Music Education in Canada
5276 J. R. Digger MacDougall
April 13, 2014
To Mike and the entire Forman family, Sorry to hear to news..my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Terri Toms
April 13, 2014
Ted was a great man in every respect. We did lots of flying together. I will truly miss him.
Susan Begg
April 13, 2014
I have known Ted for 65 years and never met a better fellow. My condolences to the family he loved and cherished.
TDV
Norman Morris
April 12, 2014

I have very fond memories of Ted and especially the sailing trip we did together from Grenada to Miami.
He will be missed by many
My condolences to all his family
Gordon Smith
April 12, 2014
Fondly remembered in many, many ways. Our love to all. Archie and Catherine
April 12, 2014
Steve and Bonnie and the entire Forman family, our most sincere condolences to you all on Ted's passing .
Bruce & Lisa
April 12, 2014
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Laurie Malmberg
April 12, 2014
Deeply regret the loss of a long-time friend and fellow carrier shipmate.
My sincere condolences to all his family.
Bill Christie
April 12, 2014
love you Dad,
Mike, Stacey, Tessa, Jake,Liam
April 12, 2014
I am so glad to have known Ted. He always kept his colleagues up to date with his family. He was a very proud father and a wonderful human being. A fond memory was flying with Ted to Quebec City. I shall remember him, his wisdom, sense of humour, positive energy, can-do attitude, sense of duty and commitment to Canada, love of flying and his integrity. Rest in Peace my friend.
Ian Bayne
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