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Doc Harold James Forbes

August 16, 1946 ~ September 4, 2022

Doc Harold James Forbes

Doc was born Harold James Forbes in Brandon Manitoba on August 16, 1946, to James & Mary (Hutchison) Forbes. Doc was the 2nd oldest of 4 boys. In 1963 Doc joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Doc remained with the PPCLI until 1974, he served in Canada, Germany, and Cyprus and made many lifelong friendships during his service.

On May 10, 1975, Doc met his first wife Phyllis Fitkowski and their connection was instant. 10 days later on May 20th, 1975, they were married in Calgary Alberta. In 1979 Doc and Phyllis found the town that would become home when they moved to Faro Yukon where Doc worked at the mine and Phylis worked janitorial at the school. When the mine closed in 1982, they moved south to Ridgedale Saskatchewan they enjoyed their time there close to family, however as soon as the mine reopened a couple years later, they returned to Faro the town they had grown to love. Doc and Phyllis remained married until Phyllis passed away in 2009. Doc remained in Faro until 2011 when he moved to Whitehorse.

In 2011 Doc met and fell in love with Mable Walter. In 2012 they moved to Sundre Alberta to be close to their family in Alberta. Doc and Mable were married on July 13, 2013, in Sundre. In July 2021 they returned to the Yukon when they moved to Whitehorse. Doc and Mable were together until Doc passed away.

Doc was predeceased by his parents, his eldest brother Jack Forbes, and first wife Phyllis.

Doc is survived by his 2 younger brothers Murray (Marilyn) Forbes and Ken (Mary Sue) Forbes, wife Mable, son Josh (Cate) Forbes, daughter Naomi (James) MacDonald, granddaughter Courtney (Tyler) Dunn, grandson Brendan Forbes, Niece Pamela Fitkowski Stone, Nephew Colin Duff, Nephew John Forbes, as well as many extended family and friends.

The Family would like to thank the amazing continuing care staff at Whistle Bend Place care facility with caring, compassion, laughter and love they turned a location into a home, Doc truly enjoyed his time there, he counted the staff among his friends.

Doc will be laid to rest on October 1, 2022, in Faro Yukon.

There will be a graveside service for him.

Comments (16)
  • 19 September 2022
    Michelle Andersen

    May he be up there with all
    The other faroites looking down having there coffee together and talking about the day. He was a gentle giant who many loved and adored. May he be up there happy and at peace 💕

  • 19 September 2022
    Derek Ralph

    My condolences to this great family. Doc had many stories and love Mable and him so much .

    Loves From his poker and games Family as well .

  • 20 September 2022
    Herb Kenny

    Condolences to the Family from all members of the Edmonton Branch of the PPCLI Association. Once a Patricia Always a Patricia. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him. May he RIP. VP

  • 20 September 2022

    Love and miss you papa! Xoxo

  • 26 September 2022
    Tanya Raymond

    My condolences Nonie & Josh on the loss of your dad. I have some fond memories from my childhood of your parents. I hope your memories bring some comfort to you 🤍

  • 27 September 2022
    Jay Wark

    Farewell & may u always be the gentle giant!!

  • 27 September 2022
    Eric and Lillian Bailey

    Condolences to the family

  • 27 September 2022
    Ron and Coleen McBride.

    Doc was a great friend and brother who will be remembered by all who knew him. Fair winds my friend, brother in arms. May God bless you. Condolences to the family.

  • 27 September 2022
    Charlie True

    Doc, old buddy, you are going to be truly missed by all your military buddies. Lots of laughter and fun. My sincere condolences to Mable and the Forbes family. RIP Doc. VP

  • 27 September 2022
    Wayne Cox

    Rest In Peace Doc. Remember the fun times in Germany and Cyprus. You were a great friend and comrad. You will be missed

  • 28 September 2022
    Darryl Lickers

    My Deepest Condolences to the Family, Rest In Peace Doc, VP

  • 28 September 2022
    Linda Anderson

    To Mable and family, so sad to hear of Doc’s passing, a true sweetheart. Going to be missed greatly. Thinking of you and holding you all in my heart.

  • 29 September 2022
    Mike Price

    Doc and I we’re roommates in Wpg,after his release from the Patricias,worked together for a time.Always a gentleman and a truly good person
    Proud to call him my friend and brother in arms! RIP old friend 👍🇨🇦🍺

  • 1 October 2022
    Carole Theriault

    My deepest condolences to Mabel and the entire family. He was a great man. RIP Doc

  • 3 April 2023
    Mickey Fraser

    My condolences to Docs family. You were a good friend, very hard-on my furniture, but I loved you anyway. Rest in peace old buddy.
    Mickey and Gayle Fraser

  • 3 April 2023
    Emile "Ed" Highway

    “A man dies when he is forgotten” we will remember Doc Forbes as a loyal Patricia and friend to many.

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