CROSS PLAINS - It is with the greatest sadness that we share with you the unexpected passing of our brother, Derek Forbes, age 60, from heart failure on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Georgina and Sydney Forbes. Derek is survived by his sisters, Cheryl Forbes, Janet (Lee) Green, Sandra Forbes and Paula Forbes; nephews, Dario (Latoya) and Ramon Otero, Jason (Renee) Green, Nicole (Angelo) Zimbardi and Solon Ellis; great-nephews and niece, Dario and Arianna Otero, Sidney and Braden Green; and brothers-in-law, Pete Otero, David Ellis and Clyde Woods; as well as a host of extended family, and dear friends.
Derek was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved with his family to Madison, Wis., in 1961. He graduated from West High School in 1975, and studied geophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Derek’s love of nature and entrepreneurial spirit began early in his childhood sweeping sidewalks for businesses, managing several paper routes and starting a tree trimming service after an unexpected ice storm. He developed a seafood importing business while living and exploring Alaska; but the greatest gift that he accomplished was taking after his grandfather to become a mason. Derek practiced his trade for over 20 years and was one of the hardest working craftsman we will ever know.
Derek loved kayaking, reading, watching the history channel, adding to his DVD movie collection, and practicing his love of Taekwondo at Paik’s Academy. Derek had the ability to make anyone laugh until they couldn’t breathe. With him it seemed that the world wasn’t so big and unfamiliar, it was measured in unforgettable moments. He was a wonderful brother, friend, uncle and son. We will miss Derek every day. We love you so much Derek. Rest in peace.
Please help us send Derek home on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Interment will be held at 11 a.m., at FOREST HILL CEMETERY, 1 Speedway Road, Madison, Wis. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held afterwards from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the HILTON MONONA TERRACE HOTEL, 14th floor, 9 E. Wilson St., Madison, Wis.
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