Forrest passed away at his residence at Shuswap Lodge on Friday, June 24, 2011. Forrest was predeceased by his wife Lois in 2002, Grandson Rick Wallin, several brothers and one sister. He will be greatly missed by his sister Muriel Leppington, his son Grant Scott, grandchildren Sarah (Dave), Matthew (Megan), Morgan (Mauri) and Caleb, daughter-in-law Sally; his daughter Maureen (Joe) Wallin, grandson Kris (Natasha), great-grandchildren Crystal (Richard), Samantha (Trevor), Kurtis, Arron and Brendan, great-great-grandchildren Ty, Tony, Melayna, Serena and Conner, grandson Darren (Lorena), great-grandchildren Chris and Jennifer.
Forrest was born in 1918 in Grande Prairie, Alberta. There were three brothers and two sisters in his family, then later eight more half brothers. His mother passed away when he was seven, and the family travelled to many places in Canada and the United States. He joined the Army, the Westminister Regiment and was overseas for three years during WW2. When he returned he and Lois purchased a farm at Notch Hill. Where they lived until 1964. They then moved to Chase, B.C., and then retired in Victoria. After Lois passed away, Forrest moved back to Chase to be closer to his family. He then moved to Salmon Arm where he resided at Shuswap Lodge.
Forrest spent many years working for the International Pacific Salmon Commission, on the Adams River, Seymour River and Shuswap Lake. He supervised the building of the Hells Gate Fish Ladder on the Fraser River. He also spent time on the Chilko River, where Lois cooked for the crew of men. After his retirement they spent many years travelling to Arizona and then spending the winters at Puerto San Carlos, Baja, Mexico, where he will be missed by their adopted family Veronica and Enrique Soto and family.
The family would like to thank Grace, and all the staff at Shuswap Lodge for the wonderful loving care extended to Forrest. We would also like to thank Dr. Lorenz, Kate and the Community Care Aides for their wonderful care and help. With everyone’s help he was ale to be where he wanted to be until the end. A family gathering will be held at a later date.
If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower or inscribe a tone
Nor when I’m gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves I have known
Weep if you must, parting is Hell
But life goes on, so sing as well.