John R. Forward

Obituary for John R. Forward

January 15, 1935 - July 29, 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 87



John "Slim", of Philadelphia, passed away on July 29, 2022, at the age of 87. He was the beloved husband of the late Helene, devoted father of John M. (Elizabeth), Michael T. (Denise), Stephen M. (Kim), and Carolyn O'Mara (Shawn); loving grandfather of Christie, Elizabeth, Michael, Rebecca, Brian, Heather, John, Jr., Shawn, Conor, Alexa, Nick, and Dylan; loving great grandfather of Cameron, Delanie, Spencer, Parker, Quintin, Owen, and Violet; and beloved brother of the late Doris Wissman.

John was a devoted family man. He loved spending time with all his grandkids and would make sure to attend all of their sports events and recitals. If you need John's help the answer was never no. He was always there for his family, always checking in with his kids with his nightly phone calls just to see how they were doing. He was always available for a ride, babysitting, or anything else his grandkids and great-grandkids needed. He always had a trunkful of toys to give out to his grandkids and even neighborhood kids. As he got older and his health declined, John remained strong, stayed positive, and never complained.
John worked for 61 years with Penn Fruit, Thriftway, McCaffrey's, and then Giant. He started as a clerk and worked his way up to manager of the produce department.

Family and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration on Wednesday, August 3rd from 9 -11 AM at the John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19154. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM. An interment service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.

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