Obituary of Joseph Ronald Forward
Joseph Ronald Forward, 76
Port Morien, NS
It is with broken hearts that we the family announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend Joseph Ronald Forward, on November 21, 2022.
Joe was born in Glace Bay (Caledonia) and moved to Donkin at the age of 9. In his younger years he delivered Milk by horse and wagon for the Donkin CO-OP, and later became a Lobster Fisherman. Early in their marriage Pam and Joe moved to Port Morien and remained there for over 50 years.
Survived by his wife Pam (Boutilier); daughter Annette (John) Wiseman and son Wesley (Johnelle) Forward. He is also survived by the loves of his life, his grandchildren: Lea, Rowan, Lennyn, Rory, and Sawyer, as well as his chosen grandchildren: Brian, Chris (Stephanie) Johno, Kyra, Christopher, and Allyson.
Also surviving Joe are sisters Lavinia, Joyce, Viola (Jim), Betty, and sister-in-law Brenda Forward.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, William Joseph, and Lea Maria (Caty) Forward; brothers: Raymond Douglas, Alfred, Henry, and Clarence; sisters: Thelma and Jeanann.
Joe also shared a very close bond with the Boutilier Family, they treated him as their own, and he reciprocated those feelings. He was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Howard (Buddy) and Kath Boutilier, and his right-hand man/brother-in-law Howard Boutilier.
Also left to mourn are his sisters in law Diane (Hugh) MacDonald, Debbie (Ian) Henderson, Dawn (Tom) Doyle, Gayle (Robert) MacDougall, Laurie (Daniel) Cole, Mavis (Frank) Susin, Myrna Murphy, and brother-in-law Chris (Stacey) Boutilier. Joe will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, and long-time friends Terry Nearing, Harvey Butts, Herbie Nash, Darren Boutilier, and Frank Susin, and numerous other dear friends.
A special thank you to Joe’s nephew Jason Metcalf, who was always close by to lend a helping hand. To Doris Butts who was so attentive to Joe’s every need over the past two years and to the VON, Doctors, and Nursing Staff of the Palliative Care Unit in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, as well as The Port Morien Volunteer Fire Department and their First Responders.
We know that Joe is now with his loved ones that went before him. He will forever be in our thoughts and in our hearts.
As per Joe’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com.