Forrest H. VanCott
1955 - 2018
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Forrest H. VanCott

New Milford, PA - Forrest H. VanCott, 62, went home to be with the Lord on February 4, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Nancy. Forrest is also survived by three cherished daughters, Sara VanCott, Laura and Andrew Nichols, and Naomi and Omar Stoltzfus; a brother, W. Cooper VanCott; a sister, Ardith Stepniak; and many loving extended family members and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Kermit and Ruth Cooper VanCott and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, H. Eastburn and Sara L. Smith. Forrest grew up working in the family business VanCott's Nursery and Landscaping with his father and brother. He was employed with IBM in Endicott, NY for 27 years, retiring in 2004. Following his brief retirement, he was employed by his good friend Joe Hunt for several years at JHA Companies, Montrose, PA. He also served on the Pratt Memorial Library Board. Forrest was an active member of South New Milford Baptist Church, serving in various roles, including as a Trustee, on the Missions Committee, and Building Committee. He had a heart for missions, supporting missionaries, and also going into the mission field himself, including many trips to Bancroft Bible Camp, TN, and also Paraguay, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Liberia, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, and the Yukon. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31. Forrest loved nature and being out in the woods, especially hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He took great pleasure in his John Deere tractors. Forrest was mechanically talented and possessed the ability to fix anything. He was generous with his time, skills, and resources, always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed spending time with his family and travelling with them, most recently on a 40th anniversary trip to Alaska with his wife. Forrest created many special memories spending quality time with his beloved daughters. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at South New Milford Baptist Church. The family will greet visitors following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South New Milford Baptist Church, Missions Fund, 2967 Harford Road, New Milford, PA 18834 or The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Feb. 6, 2018.
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February 18, 2018
Dear Nancy, I only just learned the news about Forrest. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know only too well what it means. My heart goes out to you and your daughters. I remember Forrest with great affection, as well as our days at the Ambler Campus. Love, Mary (Bortnyk) Rigsby
February 12, 2018
Dear Nancy and family, I am sorry to here of the passing of Forrest. I worked with him for many years at IBM. He was very willing to share his knowledge.
We had many discussions on many subjects, and we solved many a world problem. I enjoyed following along on his blog when he hiked the trail. Sincerely Cindy
Cindy Hitchcock
February 9, 2018
Very deeply saddened to hear of Forrest's passing. My thoughts and prayers with Nancy, Sara, Laura, Naomi and the VanCott family. I had the pleasure of sharing an office with Forrest for some time. He was there when i found out that my wife was expecting...Shared a lot of personal milestones along the way. Forrest was truly a great man who i admire and i will always bear the mark of his influence. I look back to the days of working closely together and will always cherish those memories. I wish i could thank Forrest for his positive influence on my life.
Michael Bosi
February 7, 2018
Nancy and family

We have all lost a wonderful friend and neighbor whose life was so well lived and shared.

Jim Yeich
Jim Yeich
February 6, 2018
Dear Nancy and family, we are truly sad to read of your losing a wonderful husband, father, and friend to many, Forrest. We have fond memories of the Vancott's, especially when our daughter's were very young ladies. I enjoyed working with Forrest for years at IBM. He was a very gifted man with both people and things, his talents blessed many. He will be missed by all,of us, but we look forward to being united with him with our Lord in the kingdom of heaven. Our love and prayers for you all.
Joe & Betty Zdimal & Family
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