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.
Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Feb. 6, 2018.