James P. Forrest, 88, formerly of Marlborough

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James P. ForrestWest Dennis – James Patrick “Paddy” Forrest passed away on March 26, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Pat was born on September 29, 1935 in Marlborough, MA to James and Eva Forrest. He was the oldest of nine siblings and later raised 4 children of his own.

He served our country as a Staff SGT in the United States Air Force and pursued a career as an IT Executive with Raytheon spanning more than 4 decades.

Pat was a man of great faith and was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Pat was an incredible athlete and loved adventure! He was a star basketball player at Marlborough High School and later set his sights on running and cycling. His accomplishments are many including 9 marathons, most proud that he ran Boston 7 times, 38 triathlons and biking the entire coast of Ireland. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast – rooting for all things Boston!

Pat was gracious & generous, he was kind beyond words & cared for those in need.

He lived his life by his favorite quote from Winston Churchill:

“We make a living by what we get… we make a life but what we GIVE”

His philanthropy was extensive including the two charities he founded, the Forrest Memorial Road race that benefited Metro West Special Olympic athletes & the Snowflake Tournament which benefitted local families in need.

He is survived by two daughters Darcy Forrest of Cape Cod, MA; Kellie Collins of Boston, MA; son Kevin Forrest of Fryeburg, ME; daughter-in-law Bamby Forrest of West Dennis; Pat also leaves behind six grandchildren; Crystal (Tom) Schaad, David Castro, Caitlin Forrest, Haley Navarro, Delaney Forrest and K.P. Forrest; siblings Faith (Joe) Buscone, Tom (Kathy) Forrest, Peter (Elsa) Forrest, Alberta (Bob) Fitzpatrick; many nieces and nephews; Pat is preceded in death by his son Michael Forrest, son in law Rick Collins, brothers Paul, Michael and Dennis Forrest and sister Jacqueline O’Rourke.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St, West Harwich on Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 am. A celebration of his legendary life to follow at the Sons of Erin in Yarmouth.

Memorial donations can be made in Pat’s memory to the Metro West Special Olympics.

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