Olive (Simpson) Forbes
On July 7, surrounded by family, our dear mother, Olive (Simpson) Forbes, passed away peacefully at Frederick Hall, Shannex in Fredericton. The cruelty of Alzheimer’s had robbed us of our beloved Mum much earlier.
Born April 2, 1925 in London, England she was the daughter of the late Jack and Jessie Davis. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert Simpson in 1970, and by her second husband C Hedley ‘Bud’ Forbes in 2015; as well as her sister Vera Halsey and her son-in-law Spencer Bernard.
Mum enlisted in the ATS (Women’s Branch of the British Army during WWII) at 17 1/2. Her love for Canada began when she met her Canadian soldier at a dance. The soldier who stole her heart was our Dad, Robert ‘Bob’ Simpson. They were married in Dec 1945 and she joined him in Canada in July 1946. As a War Bride, she left her family and friends to start a new life in Canada. She never looked back.
While raising us 4 girls, Mum was involved with Girl Guides as a Brown Owl, Guider, Camp Commissioner and then a member of the Trefoil Guild. When we skated with The Fredericton Figure Skating Club, our Mum served as President. For several years, she was active in Theater Fredericton and the Fredericton War Brides Club, serving on various committees in both organizations. She especially enjoyed working on the War Bride reunions.
With the death of our father, Mum took over running ‘Vet’s’, the family store in Sunshine Gardens. In her typical ‘take charge, and do it right’ approach, not only did she succeed at that, she took business courses at UNB where she earned her Business Certificate. After selling the business, she went on to work for ADI, Menzies, and Ross Drug Store where she met her second husband ‘Bud’ Forbes. They married in 1990. Mum and Bud had almost 25 years together to enjoy travelling the world.
Mum is survived by her daughters, Linda (Danny) Grant, Elaine Bernard, Jean (Randford) Gass, Carolyn Kehoe and Allison (Michael) Brideau; sister, Edna Young (Toronto); grandchildren, Kelly Grant (Marty Surette), Jeff Grant, Stacey Coy (Steven Lewis), Mark (Kerstin) Coy, Michael (Meghan) Gass, Heather Gass (Scott Maston), Jack Kehoe and Alana Kehoe; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Thomas, Grady, Morgan, Lochlan, Laila, Duncan, Jessica, Stacy and Danielle; as well as several nieces and nephews.
We wish to thank the staff of Frederick Hall for their compassionate care, kindness, and support.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society, the Fredericton SPCA or charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McAdam’s Funeral Home.
Please join us for a celebration of Mum’s life on Tuesday, July 18th from 5 to 8 PM at Kingswood Lodge, 1700 Kingswood Way, Hanwell, NB.