Forbes, Bruce Husband of Lynda, Father of Lesley, Grandpa to Jack & Alice Bruce Forbes died April 21 with Lynda at his side. He was 71. Bruce, one of four children, was born in Grand Rapids, MN while his parents Richard and Marian had planned to attend a festival. He grew up in the Jordan neighborhood; graduated from Minneapolis North High School and the University of Minnesota (AA), and, worked in the red metals industry as a salesman. He married Lynda in 1974 following a nearly eight-year courtship. They met on a blind date to the U of M Varsity theatre to see W.C. Fields film classics. She was in high school. "Throughout his life, when adversity hit, my Dad was strong, determined and persevering," daughter Lesley of Wayzata reported. "He did what had to be done - whether it was taking care of family issues, learning how to do household repairs (he'd rather be golfing!), or caring for aging parents." He was the consummate caretaker and protector. Besides his sense of fun and his love of family, what sustained Bruce through good times and bad was his unwavering sense of responsibility. He loved having the grandchildren around. "And when times were tough, he sheltered most from the fact that he was living life at the edge with tough cancer pain. When Bruce suffered a rare cancer diagnosis, he painted it all as if it were going to be an adventure. "His attitude was amazing and kept us positive," said Lynda. In addition to Lynda and Lesley, he is survived by son-in-law Patrick, grandchildren, Jack and Alice; sisters: Susan, Kathy, and Carol; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Further details to celebrate his life will be coming. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials preferred to:
1) Cancer Immunotherapy Fund #2640 University of Minnesota Foundation 200 Oak Street SE, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55455-2030 click here for website
2) Youth On Course At Youth on Course, we provide youth ages 6-18 with access to life- changing opportunities through golf. Click here for website
Published on April 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Bruce
My thoughts, prayers and heart are with your family during this
difficult time. I have known and been friends with Bruce K-12 grades.
Always a kind, funny guy to be around. He is going to be missed by
all who had the privilege to meet and know him but will remain in
our hearts always.