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Rev. James Walter Forbes


Rev. James Walter Forbes

It is with heavy hearts the family of Rev. James Walter Forbes, loving and devoted husband to Rev. Carolyn M. Palmer, announces his peaceful passing which occurred on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Born in New Glasgow, NS on September 7, 1934 he was the son of the late Samuel James and Christine Ellen (MacNaughton) Forbes.

In addition to his loving wife of 32 years, Carolyn, he is survived by his son Doug Forbes (Janet); daughter Lorraine Forbes (Jon Abrahams); sister Isabel Fraser; grandchildren Ryan Forbes (Sarah), Kyle Forbes (Vanessa), Duncan Forbes and Alexander Abrahams; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Jim was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law John Fraser.

Always with a sparkle in his eye he was constantly ready for a punny joke and made strong friendships wherever he went. Proud of his Scottish heritage, Jim was active in the St. Andrews Society. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing music with friends and past band members. Passionately researching family history, he also organized family reunions.

After attending Mt. Allison University and Pine Hill Divinity Hall, he faithfully served many congregations throughout the Maritimes and Ontario over his long career.

We invite all to join Jim's family and friends as we celebration his life, Saturday, May 27, 2023, 2 pm, R.H. Porter Funeral Home, 55 Almont Avenue, New Glasgow. The service was livestreamed. A link to a recording of the service is below. A reception will follow the service, sandwiches will be served, and stories told, as we celebrate all things Scottish. Interment will take place at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society. 

Rev. James Forbes Funeral



Service Date
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Service Time
Service Location
R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow

Requested Charity
Canadian Cancer Society; Alzheimer Society