John Alan Forsyth, 88


John Alan Forsyth, 88Marlborough – John Alan Forsyth, formerly of Woburn and the husband of the late Marian Cummings Forsyth, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at New Horizons Retirement Community of Marlborough.

He leaves his brother- and sister-in-law, Bill and Joyce Cummings of Winchester, and four loving nieces and nephews.

Born May 19, 1923, he grew up in Boston and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, primarily in Burma, India and China.

Mr. Forsyth lived for many years on Wainwright Avenue in Woburn, and then at Place Lane Condominium. He was a devout member of St. Joseph's Church, where he served as an extraordinary minister, and also ran the bingo program for many years. His late wife Marian, a registered nurse, was a master teacher for St. Joseph's C.C.D. program.

He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Limerick, Maine, where the Forsythes vacationed for many years. A man of unusually sharp wit, he, until the week before he died, liked nothing better than joking back and forth with his many friends and family. Rare were any of his casual comments that came without a double meaning.

Friends are invited to visit New Horizons Thursday, Jan. 5, between 10 and 11 a.m., prior to his Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. These services will be held in the Cardinal Cushing Chapel at New Horizons Retirement Community, 400 Hemenway St. (off Route 20 at Wilson Street), Marlborough, followed by burial in Woodbrook Cemetery of Woburn. Arrangements are being handled by Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home ( of Marlborough.

Donations may be made in Mr. Forsyth's memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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