David Forbes (May 30, 1945 - July 09, 2020)

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David Forbes
  • May 30, 1945
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  • July 09, 2020

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David K. Forbes, 75; devoted husband, father, and friend.


David K. Forbes, 75, died Thursday, July 9th at AdventHealth Orlando, after a hard-fought 18-year battle with a rare form of cancer. He lived in Lake Mary, Florida since 1991.


Mr. Forbes was born in Syracuse, New York in 1945 where he attended Notthingham High School before graduating from Georgetown University in the late 1960s. He began an astounding 48 years of combined service with General Electric’s aerospace division, later sold to Lockheed Martin, in support of government contracts. During this time he also served as an air traffic controller in the Air Force and Air National Guard.


His determination, optimism, and calm would be the cornerstone of the relationships he held dear. Mr. Forbes found the love of his life, Betsy, and together they recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. Devoted to his family, he was loyal and fiercely committed to making sure they came first. He never knew a stranger and will be remembered for his sense of humor and knack for striking a conversation with everyone.


Mr. Forbes is survived by his wife, Betsy; son Chad Forbes and wife Jennifer; daughter Chelsea Pullin and husband Zachary Petricola; sons Bryce Forbes and Trevor Pullin; and three grandchildren; sister Judith Benz; brother Ted Forbes and wife Eileen, sister Connie Horner and husband Ed; and in-laws Nancy and Joseph Lindenmuth and brother-in-law Stephen Lindenmuth; and many nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Helen Forbes of Syracuse, New York; brother-in-law Peter Benz; and a granddaughter.


A service will not be held at this time.


Contributions may be made to NCAN, the Neuroendocrine Cancer Awarness Network at netcancerawareness.org or NCAN Inc., 3047 Brookchase Blvd., Indian Land, SC  29707.

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  1. Betsy lit a candle:
    21 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 21, 2024 at 3:27:25 PM

  2. Bob Creedon says:
    30 Jul 2020
    Such sad news. I had the pleasure to work side-by-side with Dave for years and was deeply appreciative of his knowledge, concern for his teammates, desire to do the right thing, and his sharp wit. He will be missed. RIP My friend.

  3. Wickey Dixon Elmo says:
    23 Jul 2020
    I was saddened to read that Dave had passed. He was a friend during his college years at Georgetown and was one the groomsmen at my first wedding. What a terrific guy! He was always the one to lift everyone’s spirits. You and his family have my sincere condolences.

  4. Betsy Forbes posted an image:
    22 Jul 2020
    Nottingham reunion
    Nottingham reunion

  5. Betsy Forbes posted an image:
    22 Jul 2020

  6. Vicky P Speno says:
    18 Jul 2020
    Dear Betsy and Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. Dave was very instrumental in keeping the data base of all the alums from Nottingham class of "63 up to date. He was a wonderful father and friend. May his memory be eternal!

  7. William Viertel says:
    17 Jul 2020
    Dear Betsy,
    I did not realize when I asked what event the recent FB photo of Dave showed that Dave had passed away. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. I was one of Dave's closest buddies at Nottingham High School in Syracuse 1960-63, along with John Witmeyer, Don Samson, and Dave Hammack. We ran track and cross country together. It is impossible to express strongly enough how fond my memories are of those days. It was a simpler, kinder time, one in which Dave fit well and one he carried forward. I don't have to tell you what a wonderful guy Dave was, totally without guile, friendly to all, and courageous in the face of his illness. He is gone far, far too soon. Even though it has been many years since we saw one another, my heart aches at his passing.

  8. Jessica Simpson says:
    14 Jul 2020
    I got to know Dave through one of my first roles at Lockheed Martin on the Gov't Finance team. He shared so much knowledge with me and helped make this work so interesting. He also taught me to always put family first. I always remember him telling me to take the call if it was my family. I've shared that with others now. I still work in Gov't Finance today and have fond memories of Dave. He will be very missed.

    Thinking of your family during this time.

    Jessica Simpson

  9. Jessie G says:
    14 Jul 2020
    I am sorry for your loss and hold you and your family in my thoughts. I had the great pleasure to work with Dave for only a year at Lockheed Martin. However, in that short time he had a large impact to my career. He was always friendly, funny, and so helpful on complicated matters at work. I will remember his smile, positive attitude, and willingness to share stories and insight into how things use to be. My condolences to the family, as he will be greatly missed

  10. Susan T posted an image:
    13 Jul 2020
    dave networking at conference
    dave networking at conference

  11. Susan T posted an image:
    13 Jul 2020
    More conference pictures with dave
    More conference pictures with dave

  12. Susan T posted an image:
    13 Jul 2020
    Dave presenting MMAS to LMC GF conference
    Dave presenting MMAS to LMC GF conference

  13. Susan T lit a candle:
    13 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 13, 2020 at 7:54:40 PM

  14. Susan T says:
    13 Jul 2020
    Dave was a very pleasant person to work with and really cared about doing the right thing. I missed not working with him when he retired and will miss knowing i can no longer reach out to him. He was always a top contender in the Holiday trivia and i will honor him for this year's contest. he was a great guy who i will never forget and had a great impact on my life!!!
    I am so sorry for you loss and ours. you are very much in my prayers

  15. David Hammack says:
    13 Jul 2020
    Sad news indeed. Dave and I were good friends in high school and for a while thereafter. Reconnected at 50th Nottingham High reunion. He will be missed.

  16. Mary Ramsey says:
    13 Jul 2020
    Dave was a great mentor to many of us at Lockheed. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. He will be missed.

  17. Chad Connell says:
    13 Jul 2020
    I'm terribly sorry to hear this news, I worked with Dave at Lockheed Martin for several years. He was always friendly, funny, and so helpful on complicated matters at work. I will remember his smile, positive attitude, and quick-witted nature. My sincere condolences to the family, Chad Connell

  18. Courtney Gokmen says:
    11 Jul 2020
    Uncle David always brightened every family gathering with his charisma and fun stories of the past. He was an amazing man & will be greatly missed ♥️ - Courtney Forbes Gokmen

  19. Jim Mitchell says:
    11 Jul 2020
    David was such a great guy and my wife Kem and I lives were made richer knowing him. We miss our conversations and his support in difficult times. David, you are truly good hearted person and blessed Betsy. Thank you for your friendship, see you later in God's care.

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