John Forsyth

Obituary of John William Forsyth

John William Forsyth, aged 82 of Halifax, passed away at home on September 30th, 2019.

He was born in Ladysmith, Natal South Africa.

John is survived by his loving wife Wendy Elizabeth (Savage) of fifty five years; son Graham Charles (Angela MacAlpine) in Vancouver; daughter Caroline May (Michael Beaudin) in Calgary; sisters Helen in Montreal, Elizabeth Sheppard, and sister in law Anthea, all of South Africa; and sister in law Anthea (Don MacNeil) in Ottawa.

John was predeceased by brother Gavin; brother in law Charles Sheppard, and sister in law Pamela Melnyk.

For the last 25 years, he and his wife Wendy were the Principals and Owners of Zibenza Consultants Inc. "To Make a Difference", helping individuals and companies with performance, productivity and profit. Previously, John had spent ten years in senior management with Marine Atlantic. John was also involved with many community projects and sat on numerous boards. He served as president of both the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centers and the ALS Society on Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Recently on retirement he was an ESL coach at the Keshen Goodman Public Library. In his leisure time John was an ardent international traveller, reader, and bridge player.

A Celebration of Life for John W. Forsyth will be held Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in TJ Tracey Funeral Home, 71 McQuade Lake Crescent, Bayers Lake (902) 835-4212.

If desired, donations in John's memory can be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at

Special thanks to my wonderful support team Ann, Brian, Barbara, and neighbours Kim and Dale for all their help and caring during this sad time.


Celebration of Life

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019
TJ Tracey Funeral Home
71 McQuade Lake Crescent
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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