James A. Forbes

03/10/1941 - 10/08/2021

James A. Forbes

03/10/1941 - 10/08/2021


Obituary For James A. Forbes

James A. Forbes, 80, of Hendersonville, NC died Friday, October 8th. He passed at home surrounded by his family. He was born 03/10/1941 in Belgrade, Maine, the son of James Vernon Forbes and Violet Frances (Jones) Alley.

Jim entered the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served his country honorably. After retiring from the military, he became a Master Carpenter and enjoyed working for himself building anything and everything from small pieces of furniture to specialty custom homes. He loved sports, especially hockey. He played, coached, and was a hockey dad taking his kids all over New England for games when they were young. He was always very active and enjoyed running and hiking in the mountains. He loved all types of art and loved drawing pencil sketches. He loved all types of music from classical to opera, to country, to rock and roll. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage, played the bagpipes and also the guitar. He was fascinated by the Internet and loved watching YouTube videos and TikTok.

In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by his brothers Herbert "Todd" Forbes and Roderick Forbes.

Survivors include the love of his life, Margaret "Maggie" Forbes of Hendersonville, his four children, Rebecca Hammonds and her husband Steve of Covington, GA, Spencer Forbes and his wife Kristin of Londonderry, NH, Heather Schofield and her husband Sean of Hendersonville, Alexander "Alex" Forbes and his wife Mandy of Hendersonville, 10 grandchildren, and his first great grandchild on the way. He leaves nieces, nephews, and close friends he considered family.

Jim was very proud of his family and especially loved his 10 grandchildren, Caitlyn Forbes Thompson and her husband Rusty, Gavin Schofield, Alexyss "Lexy" Forbes, Garrett Schofield, Sydney Forbes, Kyleigh Schofield, Hayley Forbes, Gunnar Forbes, Peyton Forbes, and Charleston Forbes. Each of them have their own special memories of their Papa.

Caitlyn - "We were best friends from the moment my mom brought me home from the hospital, he could always make me laugh, was the best ice cream eating partner and I loved being his sidekick on a good road trip or adventure somewhere, there's no one in this world like you grandpa, I will miss you so much and Rusty and I cannot wait to tell your great grandson all about the amazing man you were".

Gavin - "He was an amazing grandfather. He treated us right and always wanted to know what was new in my life. I love you Papa".

Lexy - "Papa made the most out of everything in his life. He never had anything negative to say. His smile could light up a room and I'll always remember that smile".

Garrett - "My Papa was one of the hardest working men I knew. Even with how busy he was, he always found time for the ones he loved".

Sydney - "He was a man who could always make someone laugh when they were feeling down. I love him more than he will ever know. We love and miss you Papa".

Kyleigh - "Papa loved taking pictures but he never liked being serious in them. He would always start with a smile but then he would make a funny face at the last second. It was really funny and I'm going to miss him so much".

Hayley - "Papa was always the one I looked forward to seeing at family occasions. He could always make everyone in the family laugh no matter what was happening. He always supported me through everything and I can't even express how much I am going to miss him. I know he'll always be right by my side. I love you Papa".

Gunnar - "I liked Papa's stories like how he got the scar on his neck and the one about the Native Americans".

Peyton - "I loved spending my time with Papa and loved taking care of him. I loved looking after him and making food for him. I miss you Papa".

Charleston - " I always loved how happy and funny Papa was and I loved his laugh because his and my dad have the same laugh".

Jim was very excited when he found out he would become a great grandfather to James Stephen Thompson who will be born in January 2022.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, especially Dad's regular nurse Meagan, and staff of Four Seasons Hospice for the compassionate and professional care they gave to our father and our family.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at a late date.


  • It was such an honor to care for this sweet funny man. - Meagan

  • I was a child when I met Jim . He was the superintendent of our apartments. He always went the extra mile for the kids who lived there giving them jobs to do etc. he would always do his Groucho marks impressions. He would practice his bag pipes and you could hear them a mile away. So many good things you could say about this guy. A selfless one of a kind person . Now your time has come to rest and be at peace. Thank you for all you have done your memories will live on. Cynthia Mateo

  • I have great memories of Jim and Maggie! I was 14 and Jim was the Property Manager of our apartments. He gave me my first job. I would sweep the stair wells, vacuum the halls and wash the lobby windows. He paid me well and I was thrilled to have the money to buy Tiger Beat magazines and my Donny Osmond records lol. He would meet me in the lobby to give me my job list for the day and his little sidekick Becca would always be right behind him. When I was 16 I started babysitting for Becca and Spencer. Jim cared about us kids in the apartments. He went out of his way to make a recreation room where all of us teens could hang out and play music. It kept us off the streets. My parents were divorced and Mom didn't drive so Jim volunteered to drive me to the Vernon Middle School so I was able to join the town's jr softball league. For that I will forever be grateful. I remember him being a hard worker, always joking around , playing bagpipes in a parade, loving hockey and adoring his children and Maggie. I was in my late 20's when we lost touch.I am now in my 60's and I was so happy to reconnect with him again on Facebook. He made a difference in my life and He will always have a very special place in my heart. Rest In Peace 'Mr. Jim'.

  • Jim was a special person. I remember talking to him a number of times about music from our era. I also remember how proud he was of his grandchildren. Love and prayers for all of you.

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