Obituary for Stuart Forbes
Stuart "Stuie" Forbes
December 3, 1958 - June 12, 2017
Stuie lived life full throttle and by his own admission, was "busy living" until his body could no longer keep up. He is defined by his joy of living, spontaneity, magnetic personality, kindness, bravery, courage and ability to defy the odds again and again. He was at peace and rode into the sunset surrounded by love.
Stuie built a life and a home (literally) with his wife and biggest support, Sue (Susan Forbes neé Clairmont). They leaned on each other during the most joyful and hardest moments of life and death. Stuie was the recipient of Sue's grace, steadfastness and continued love through his illness and death.
Stuie was adored by his parents Ruth (neé Anderson) and Stanley Forbes. He shared mutual love and support with his sisters Ellie (Eleanor Forbes) and Dotty (Dorothy Pizzaro neé Forbes) and was the cherished brother-in-law of Rei Pizzaro.
Stuie is the irreplaceable dad, father-in-law, cheerleader, confidant, and teacher, to Tamara (Chris), Danmar (Jessica) and Korina (Steve). He was the proud Grandpa, swinging buddy, board game teammate, dancing partner and cuddler to Kye, Elijah, Wyatt, Sadie, Ruby and Vivien. He was the inspirational, cool uncle and great uncle to Joshua & Dara Pizzaro (R.J.,Andre, Gabriel), Erin (neé Jamieson) & Steve Sauvé (Liam, Paige, Hayley, Avery), Caleb Jamieson, Jordan & Evie Pizzaro (Ava, Ronan).
Embraced by Sue's family, Stuie was an honourary member of the Clairmont Clan; a beloved brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle.
Stuie believed he would be reunited with those who went before him and celebrated that he would be together again with his eldest daughter Dana and niece Shannon.
Loved by many, Stuie was supported through his life and death by an incredible community of friends. Stuie’s family invite you to visit with them on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home 151 Bond Street, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0.
Stuie wanted to party one last time and asked that anyone who wished should come enjoy music, drinks, food and share stories at the Vankleek Hill Curling Club on Saturday June 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 136 Bond Street Vankleek Hill.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Stuie in their own way. Raise a glass, have a campfire, watch a sunrise, take a ride on your bike.
Stuie's family would encourage you to honour his memory by doing an unsolicited and unexpected act of kindness for somebody who could use someone to care for them. Be practical and generous. Buy someone groceries, drive someone to a medical appointment, pay for a stranger’s coffee, use your skills and means to make someone else's life a little bit better.