FORREST, John Anthony

passed away suddenly in Nanaimo on January 10, 2012 at the age of 58 years.

John is survived by his son, Paul; best friend and partner, Kim Garland; his father, James (Sharon) Forrest; brother, Thorne (Lucille) Forrest; sisters, Michelle (Alan) Shimozawa, Julie (Michael) Yull and Jennifer Forrest. He was “Uncle Blackie” to his special nieces and nephews: Audrey (Dave) Matthews, Julie (Ewe) Jenkins, Ryan and Joel Shimozawa, Spencer (Nicole) Jenkins and Benjamin Forrest. John is also survived by his Aunt Iris and Uncle Don Davidson, Teresa Dolan, Ron (Lori) Dolan, Tina Dolan cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Forrest; Darlene Forrest (Paul’s mother); his uncle John Forrest and by his cousin Jimmy Forrest. John was a gifted musician, composer, filmmaker, director and poet; a lover of literature, the arts, nature and a friend to crows and ravens everywhere.

An informal gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Bowen Park Complex (500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC) from 1-3 p.m. Memorial donations can be made, in John’s memory, to The Salvation Army, one of his favourite causes.

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