The community is in mourning as family and friends take to social media to remember and mourn the passing of Paula Jean Forbes, who departed on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at the age of 53. Her death was confirmed through a poignant Facebook post that conveyed the heavy-hearted farewell from a sibling, reading, “It’s with a heavy heart, I say goodbye to my older sister Paula Jean Forbes. 54 years. Rest in peace.”
The actual cause of Paula Forbes’ passing has not been disclosed as of this report.
Paula Forbes was an extraordinary individual, leaving an indelible mark on the intricate fabric of her family dynamics. As a revered mother, grandmother, and sister, Paula exuded warmth and affection, creating a secure haven for her children to thrive. Her presence left an everlasting impact on the hearts of those fortunate enough to know her.
In her role as a grandmother, Paula’s love took on a deeper dimension, delighting in the playful antics of her grandchildren and providing a harmonious melody of joy through her laughter. Her embrace became a tangible testament to the enduring connection between generations, leaving a bond that transcends time and etches an indelible legacy within the family.
Paula Forbes is survived by her partner Ken Groves of Aylmer; her mother Jean (late Paul) Forbes of St. Thomas; her daughter Justina Forbes (Doug Knight) and their son Jayden Knight of St. Thomas; her siblings Jason Forbes of London, Colleen Forbes of Ridgetown, and Lee Bolton of Chatham; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her son Nathan Forbes.
Having worked in retail for many years, Paula’s impact reached beyond her immediate family, touching the lives of those she encountered throughout her career. A memorial service to celebrate Paula’s life is scheduled at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas, on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 11:00 am, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place, allowing loved ones to come together to share memories and pay tribute to a woman who enriched the lives of many with her love, laughter, and enduring spirit.