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Forgash Sr., James R.


James R. Forgash, Sr.

1943 - 2017


Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection on Monday, May 8, 2017, Dear son of the late Rudolph and Cecilia Forgash; Beloved husband of Barbara Gwynn Forgash; Cherished dad of Andrea (Christopher) Libby, Jim (Kristin) Forgash, Jr. and Rebecca (Ryan) O'Connell; Dear grandfather of Cecilia Forgash, Gabe Libby, Camille O'Connell and Evelyn O'Connell; dear cousin of Carol Hill and friend to many.

James enjoyed life. He was such a generous person who gave his time, talents, and money to others, always willing to give a helping hand. He was a perfectionist, and his hard work and meticulousness always shined. James enjoyed countless good times on the renowned Wednesdays with his friends at golf, playing cards, betting on games, and a few libations. He was known to many as simply, Forgash.

As a grandpa, he was fondly called, Papa. He enjoyed sharing his sweet tooth with the kids. He was known for an early morning donut delivery, pancakes for breakfast, a run to Ted Drews after school, or a freezer full of popsicles in “Grandpa’s Garage”.  Forever we will hear him say in our minds and hearts, “It’s Grandpa”.

As a father, James will always be thought of as a precious soul. He was modest, hardworking, and took great pride in the successes of his children. He would brag about each one, who are a true reflection of him. All the memories and time together will be cherished forever.

As a husband, James was a rock. He was a best friend, devout to prayer, and committed to family. Gwynn brought out the softer side of him, and could often be heard saying, “Lighten up Jim”. She was able to get him to participate in almost anything from camel rides and goofy Christmas cards to even in his final days wearing a clown nose. He will forever be in her heart.



Services: Visitation will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 4:00 P.M.  to 8:00 P.M. at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 2301 Lafayette Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104.  

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Stephens Protomartyr Catholic Church, 3949 Wilmington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63116  

Interment Resurrection Cemetery

A Celebration of Forgash’s Life at 3887 Holly Hills Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63116





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