Cecil Forbes
1927 - 2021
Cecil Everett Forbes
3/22/1927 to 7/11/2021
Cecil Forbes, age 94, passed away on July 11, 2021. He was the youngest child born to Nona Mae Moore and Clarence Ray Forbes in Hiawatha, Kansas. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Stanley (Margerie) and sister Helen Cope (Oliver). He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years Leah (Fredericks), son Russell, and daughters Holly and Stephanie (Lee Wugofski), grandchildren Moriah Munch (Jordan), Sawyer, and Nicholas Wugofski, and great-grandson Henry Munch; nephews Jeff Cope (Donna), Greg Cope (Jeanne), Tom Cope (Rhonda), and niece Jenny Owens (Jeff) and their children and grandchildren.
Cecil served in the USAAF after high school and then went on to gain his B.A. at U.C. Santa Barbara. A spring tour teching for the Harriet Ann Gray Dance Co. gave him a taste of "life upon the wicked (back) stage" that set a lifetime career in motion. He was a 60+ year member of IATSE, Local 16, working on movie locations, live theatre, S.F. Opera and Symphony and on tours.
A funeral mass will be held on August 7th, 2:00 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 – 15th St. in S.F. 94103. Masks are required.
Remembrances may be made to the church or to your favorite charity.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jul. 31 to Aug. 1, 2021.
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Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist,
1661 – 15th St., San Francisco,, CA
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In the late Fifties, age 16, I walked into the Marine´s Memorial Theatre (630 seats), Sutter and Mason, the home of the Actor´s Workshop, and asked backstage about joining the company, as a volunteer. The busy crew, about to open a Saturday Matinee, didn´t have time for paperwork protocols, gave me a script, and a wood potato masher, and instructed me to imitate an actor knocking a door, by hitting the stage deck, hard, three times. (I can DO this!) By the end of the play, I had met most of the actors (including Katharine Ross, ravishing at 19!), and the stagehands, but, one guy really captured my attention: the KING of the SWITCHBOARD, a smiling Cecil Forbes. Sitting on a high stool, he was a model performance artist, superbly running the light cues, reading a paperback, playing a crossword puzzle, paying bills, etc. Clearly, here was somebody who really enjoyed what he was doing for a living. (Do we dare call this "WORK?") With a Mentor, Cecil Forbes, as my guide, and a potato masher by my side, my theatrical stagehand career of 49+ years was officially launched. Although I missed dating Katharine Ross, (HELLO? Does this help: "The Graduate" 1967; "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" 1969; "Donnie Darko" 2001; HELLO?), I did follow Mentor Cecil´s footsteps, by being sent, thanks to Edward C. Powell, and Oscar Ryan, to the sister theatre of the Actor´s Workshop, the Encore, a block away, on Mason Street, where I ran the switchboard "superbly,"until the demise of the entire company, in 1966. Thank You, Brother Cecil Forbes, "A Long Life Well Lived."
Jimmy Poynter
August 7, 2021
We always enjoyed seeing Cecil and Leah at St.John's. God bless all who knew him.
Elaine and Rod Stutt
August 6, 2021
I wish to send my condoles to the Forbes family. I always enjoyed working with Cecil. One of my best memories, is when I was at the Orpheum Theatre and Cecil filled in for the house electrician for a couple of weeks. Then I look forward to talking with him at the union´s retiree luncheons. Russell, you may not remember me, but we worked together many years ago, probably a load-in at the Curran. I hope you and your family are well. Tim Purcell [email protected]
Tim Purcell
August 5, 2021
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