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James R. Forrest

August 27, 1942 - November 22, 2020

U.S. Veteran

The service for The Burial of the Dead will be held at a later date when it is safe for us to all be together again, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell St, Kalamazoo MI.  The Rev. Dr. Randall Warren will officiate and preach the Gospel so he won’t have to lie about Jim.  Interment will be at Ft Custer National Cemetery without ceremony. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan.    Jim wrote this, so if you don’t like any of it, just blame him.  He’ll be proud.

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Posted by:
Michael Stripp

Posted on:
December 8, 2020

Thanks for your friendship, Jim. We've known each other for a long time and been through some great things together and some not so good. I'll miss you.

Posted by:
Garrard Macleod

Posted on:
December 2, 2020

I sit here this evening having a salubritory (a word I made up) Jack Daniel Manhattan and thinking of Jim. Jim did have standards, and none were more exacting than his recipe for a Manhattan: 1 teaspoon red (sweet) vermouth, 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice (cherries if you must), Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 up to the horse on a Tennessee Squire cocktail glass, ice more or less. Most people don’t know that Jim was a Tennessee Squire. But he was. And he is now enshrined in the Pantheon of great celebrants of “The nectar of the gods,” according to ol’ blue eyes. So, here’s to it, whatever it is, and I hope it’s what you imagine. God bless you, old friend.

Posted by:
Laurie Atwater

Posted on:
November 25, 2020

I'll miss you some, you knucklehead.