Roderick A. Forbes

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Fairfield, ME

VASSALBORO - Roderick A. Forbes, 74, of Vassalboro, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, surrounded by his family, after battling an illness for many years.

He was born in Lewiston on May 17, 1944, the son of the late James Forbes and Violet Forbes. Known as Rick and Papa to his family and friends, he attended schools in Lewiston and Waterville. Prior to finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, with the permission of his mother, at the age of 17, and went to serve his country in the War in Vietnam. After he returned from the war, he went back to finish his high school education, and graduated from Waterville High School. He then went on to earn a degree in accounting from KVCC in Fairfield. He worked for the Waterville School System in the maintenance department for over 26 years until he became disabled from complications from illnesses while serving in the military.

On June 19, 1970, he married Tyline Beaulieu of Presque Isle, and raised four children together, Van Clark, James Clark, Rick Forbes and Charity (Forbes) Poulin. He took great pride in providing for his family, protecting them and helping them all during difficult times.

For enjoyment, he would spend hours snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and enjoyed watching movies with his family. His greatest passion was fishing. He spent many hours on the lake constantly in search of that record size bass. But his most valuable time was spent with his wife Ty, of 49 years. You could always find them together working in the yard, putting up firewood for the winter, painting, tending to animals, repairing equipment in which both would express opinions on the right way to do it. Those acquainted with Rick always knew where they stood with him and what his opinion was, whether you asked for it or not.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, James and Violet Forbes; and his brother, Herbert Forbes.

Survivors include his wife Tyline of Vassalboro; sons, James and wife, Stephanie Clark of Skowhegan, Van Clark and Christina DiBiase of Waterville, Rick Forbes of Vassalboro, a daughter, Charity Poulin and Ryan Poulin of Sidney; and grandchildren, Jamie Clark, Corey Clark, Jared Clark, Tayla Clark, Megan Forbes, Dawson Poulin, Gabriel Forbes, Aiden Clark, Haley Clark, Addison Poulin and Emily Forbes; great-grandchildren, Ethan Clark, Gracie Clark, Jaden Clark, and Owen Clark; and one brother, James Forbes of South Carolina.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home located at 107 Main Street, in Fairfield. The funeral and burial will take place later in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta with military honors.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Togas V.A. in Augusta for their excellent care and the loving support that they provided to Rick and his family.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield, Maine.

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Published in Central Maine on Feb. 7, 2019
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