ORANGE — A memorial service was held Saturday, May 13, 2017, for Clifford J. “Jack” Forster Jr., 89, of Forster’s Farm, Gidney Road, who died peacefully at home on May 7, at the North New Salem Congregational Church with Rev. Edward T. Boren officiating.
Janet Boren was the pianist. A reception followed in the church hall.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ORANGE — Clifford J. “Jack” Forster Jr., 89, of Forster’s Farm, Gidney Road, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Born in Orange on May 30, 1927, he was a son of Clifford J. Sr. and Katherine (Foster) Forster and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High in 1945.
On July 12, 1945, Jack enlisted into the United States Navy, serving on the USS Mindoro during World War II as a fireman first class. He was honorably discharged on July 19, 1946.
Education was very important to Jack and he attended the University of Massachusetts at Ft. Devens from 1946 to 1947, Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1947 to 1949, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1949 to 1951 from where he graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
Jack married Dorothy (May) in 1951.
From 1949 to 1950, Jack worked for Belbin Construction and then the Westinghouse Graduate Student Training from July 1951 to February 1952 and transferred from there to the Westinghouse Light Division in Bloomfield, N.J., February 1952 and stayed until February 1954.
In 1954, Jack began working for Western Massachusetts Electric Company where he held positions as lighting engineer, chief of customer service, commercial/industrial sales engineer, EMS senior engineer and EMS manager until 1987.
In 1987, Jack became vice president of marketing for the Independent Energy Corporation in Hartford, Conn., until 1988 when he established FENCON Associates. He had also worked for Spiro Vadakas at Aegis as a consultant.
Jack enjoyed golfing, bowling and watching the Red Sox, Celtics and New England Patriots. He was a member of the Orange American Legion Post 172 and the North New Salem Congregational Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. Forster; their children, John Forster (Catherine), James Forster (Nancy), Kathleen Forster, and Karen Mathers (Michael); grandchildren, Samuel, Benjamin, and Elisabeth Forster, David Forster (Rose), John Forster (Sruti), Roger Forster, Gary Forster (Manbir) and Ryan and Jacqueline Mathers; sister, Dorothy E. Forster; sister-in-law, Beverly Strickland; nieces Bonnie Stewart, Cynthia (Stewart) Szafir, and Darlene Stewart; grandnieces, Jennifer Szafir, Taryn (Stewart) Nyecki (Louis), and Krysten Stewart; a nephew, Robert Stewart; and grandnephew Bryan Stewart; and many friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne (Forster) Stewart and Alan Stewart.
Calling hours will be Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m., at the North New Salem Congregational Church, 60 Elm St., New Salem, with Rev. Edward Boren officiating.
Interment will be private.
Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to the North New Salem Congregational Church, 60 Elm St., New Salem, MA 01355 and in the memo put “elevator fund,” or to the GVNA Healthcare-Hospice, 34 Pearly Ln., Gardner, MA 01440.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.
ORANGE — Clifford Forster, 89, of Forster’s Farm, Gidney Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at home.
Arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.