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Lloyd Forrest

Lloyd Forrest

FORREST, LLOYD H.
It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Lloyd Hubert Forrest, surrounded by his loving family, which occurred on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he had been for only a short time following his stay at the Church of St. John and St. Stephen Home. He was born in Loggieville, New Brunswick on July 28, 1918 to the late Charlotte Isabel (Forrest) Walls and was the beloved husband of the late Mary Viola (Vi) (MacKenzie) who passed away on January 23, 2015.
Lloyd was a great help to his mother and even at a young age fished for a living until enlisting in the army March, 1941 serving with the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment as a driver/mechanic. He was wounded in Hochwald Forest, Germany on March 21, 1945 and returned home on a hospital ship from England recovering at the D.V.A. Hospital in Saint John. He never let being a leg amputee hinder him in any way and was a hard worker his entire life. Until retirement at age 65 Lloyd worked as an ambulance driver for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (D.V.A. Hospital) traveling locally and around New Brunswick.
He joined the War Amps in 1946 and became National Director of the New Brunswick Branch in 2001. At the Branch level, Lloyd was on the Executive and held the positions of Second Vice-President and President and attended local meetings until age 90. He and Vi went to many Amps Conventions across Canada and overseas to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the war ending. Lloyd was awarded the French Legion Medal of Honour and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service during World War II. He was also a long-time member of Carleton Union Lodge No. 8.
In 1948 Lloyd and Vi moved into one of the war homes in the Portland Place area of Saint John where they raised their four children and in 1960 started spending summers at Carter’s Point where, after retirement, Lloyd enjoyed tending his vegetable garden. In 1979 he and Vi moved to the Kingston Peninsula.
Lloyd always owned a Jeep and kept the “Sunday” car, as the neighbours used to call it, spotless. He spent many hours puttering in his garage workshop, repairing household items and working on his vehicles, continuing to do so into his nineties. Until moving up to the peninsula, he faithfully attended the Church of St. John & St. Stephen where he was an elder. He also enjoyed reading and for over sixty years went fishing and hunting at his little camp in Lepreau.
Lloyd will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sharon Mawhinney (Hal) of Wirral, New Brunswick, Bob (Liz) of Damascus, New Brunswick, Beth Raynes (Kenny) of Carter’s Point, New Brunswick and Jim (Linda) of Dutch Settlement, Nova Scotia; his eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeffrey (Melissa), Michael (Erin), Jason (Alicia), Kristi, Matthew (Robyn), Rebecca, Patrick and eight great-grandchildren. His only sibling, a brother, William (Bill) Walls of Chatham, will greatly feel the loss, as will his niece and nephews.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all of the staff at the Church Home for the love and respect given to their father. It provided great comfort knowing that he was receiving such good care and being watched over by very special people. The family is also grateful to Bobby’s Hospice.
Resting at Brenan’s Bay View Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, New Brunswick (634-7425), with visitation on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM followed by the funeral service at 3:00 PM. A private family interment will take place at a later time.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the War Amps – CHAMPS Program, Church of St. John and St. Stephen Home or to a charity of the donor’s choice. www.BrenansFH.com
“To plant a seed in one’s heart, to root it in love, to nourish it with time spent together, yields a blossom that will flourish forever.”

 

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