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William Forbes
  • December 16, 1932
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  • June 06, 2021

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William R. Forbes
December 16, 1932 – June 6, 2021

William “Bill” Forbes of Mount Dora, FL died June 6, 2021 peacefully at home. A native of St. Paul, MN, Bill attended Macalester College and Northwestern Prep prior to receiving his appointment to the Naval Academy from Rep. (later Sen.) Eugene J. McCarthy. He graduated with distinction in 1955. Go Navy!

Upon commissioning, Bill served two years aboard a Newport-based destroyer, followed by a productive (and enjoyable) tour on staff, as Commander US Naval Forces Philippines. After leaving active duty, he returned to the Philippines for employment in the desiccated coconut industry.

Bill ultimately returned to the U.S. and assumed a lengthy career with the Du Pont Company in Wilmington, DE. He specialized in the sales/marketing of Freon® fluorocarbon products. His travels took him to 62 countries where he formed many life-long friendships. His wife, Beth, often accompanied him and they explored many notable sites not often visited by tourists.

During retirement, Bill and his wife particularly enjoyed their month-long trips to Scotland (ancestral home) where they immersed themselves in lawn bowling, golf, Mount Dora, FL/Royal Burgh of Forres, Scotland sister city activities and sightseeing.

Bill is survived by his soul mate, Elizabeth “Beth”, his two children, Catherine Forbes (Phil Watkins) and William “Bill” Forbes (Carolyn) and two grandchildren (Cameron and Michelle). He was preceded in death by parents Russell and Mabel Forbes.

Interment of cremains will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. A Celebration of Life gathering will take place in the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution be made to the Mount Dora Fire Department (1300 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757), Cornerstone Hospice Foundation (2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778), or your favorite charitable organization.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
The Mount Dora Fire Department, 1300 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778, or your favorite charitable organization.

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  1. Turhan Hidalgo says:
    22 Jul 2021
    The USNA Alumni Association, Orlando Chapter, sends our most heartfelt condolences. Beth, we are sorry for your loss and pray for God to grant you and your family strength and comfort during these trying time.

  2. Ed Rowlett lit a candle:
    16 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 16, 2021 at 7:43:17 PM

  3. Mari H Frith says:
    30 Jun 2021
    Dear Beth, I thoroughly enjoyed knowing you both through Barbara and Barry's introduction. I know if they were here they would be sending prayers of comfort to you. All said, I am envisioning that both Barry and Bill are having a jovial time together in heaven!
    All my love,

  4. Ellie Lowery says:
    27 Jun 2021
    Dear Beth:
    My heart goes out to you during this sad time for you and your Family. May God comfort you and heal your broken heart.
    You are in my prayers.

    Your Neighbor,
    Ellie Lowery

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