It is with sincere regret that we record the sad passing of Canon John Francis (Frank) Forbes, which occurred earlier this week.
Following in the footsteps of his late father, he was ordained in St. Eden’s Cathedral, Ferns, in 1988, and served his community and friends in dignity and prayer until his retirement in 2004.
He was a noted grain farmer and in 1963 set up the Barna Buildings company at Mill Park Road (later the old Enniscorthy Fire Station), moving to the industrial estate at Blackstoops three years later. The business prospered until May 1983 and gave employment to upwards of 70 people at peak production.
As a young man he played cricket with Enniscorthy at the Showgrounds, and he took a keen interest in the sporting life of the town and its environs.
He was a kind friend to all and was highly respected in his native county and even further afield and in his business and religious life.
John Francis Forbes was born on April 18th 1929, at Ballinabarna House, Enniscorthy, and was his parents Dean Alfred and Mrs. H.E. Forbes (née Davis), and parents-in-law Lt. Col Christopher Stephen and Mrs. M.K. Doyle and his brothers-in-law Rev. Brian Campion, the Rev. Eric Dungan (Canada), C.J. Doyle (Ballytory, Co. Wexford) and J.F. Yates (Wexford).
Beloved husband of Marie-Louise, dear father of John Andrew, Stephen William, Kenneth Francis and Arthur Alfred. He is sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Penny, Georgina, Alison and Marta, his grandchildren Aisling, David, Anna, Miranda and Oscar, his sisters Ann, Margaret and Mary and wide circle of relatives and friends, and Bishop Michael Burrows and clergy and auxiliary ministers.
Funeral Service for Canon Forbes was celebrated in St. Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns, on Wednesday (August 8) at 3 pm. Burial took place immediately afterwards in Clone Cemetery. House private for three weeks.
“I know that my Redeemer Liveth”