Earle M. Forbes, Jr.August 7, 1935 ~ January 13, 2018 (age 82)
Earle M. Forbes Jr., TMC, SS, 82, passed away January 13, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born in Argyle, Nova Scotia, the son of the late Earle M. and Edna (Murphy) Forbes. Earle was a US Navy Veteran serving for over 22 years during the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. He enlisted in 1952 and joined the blimp squadron in North Carolina. He served on the USS Greenling SS-313, USS Remora SS-487, USS Thomas Edison SSBN-610, USS Henry Stimson SSBN-655, and the USS Thomas Jefferson SSBN-618, of which he was Chief of the boat. He was also a plank owner on the SSBN-610 and the SSBN-655, which he was an original crew member. Earle also attended torpedo school in Newport, RI. He retired in 1975 as Chief Torpedoman. He was a proud life member of USSBI and member of Holland club (50 years qualified submarines) and Groton Subvets. After retiring from the Navy, he went to work for EB and he retired after 16 years as a senior ship superintendent. In retirement he loved to travel with his wife, Maria (Pielecka-Forcier) Forbes aboard their 44 foot sailboat throughout the Caribbean, Venezuela, Bonaire, Bermuda and Nova Scotia. They also traveled to China, Peru, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Russia and Eastern Europe. His first wife Filomena Esther Forbes passed away in 1990. Besides his beloved wife Maria, he leaves his children, Earle M. Forbes III (Sherie) of Groton, CT, Belinda Pickett (Norman) of Jewett City, CT and Alice Carr (Robert) of Ballston Spa, NY, his stepchildren, Theodore Forcier (BillieJo) of Hampden and Lisa Maserati (Marc) of Brazil, his sister, Beverly (Cosmo) Paonesa of Atkinson, NH, his 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Earle was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn (Fred) Wingerter. He was a regular attendee of Bethlehem Church of Hampden for the past 25 years. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Church, 123 Allen St., Hampden, MA. Burial will be at a later date. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Springfield Rescue Mission, 10 Mill St., P.O. Box 9045, Springfield, MA 01102-9035.