FORGIE, Colonel (Ret’d) Robert Edward
July 17, 1932
November 25, 2020
After a long and very full life, Robert Forgie passed away peacefully in Ottawa with family by his side on Wednesday November 25, at the age of 88.
For 66 years Rob was the beloved husband of Linda Forgie whom he met in England during chemistry class at the age of 16. He was a wonderful father to Melissa (Steve Williams) and Jeremy (Sal Polito), and he adored his grandchildren Julia (Kieran Waugh), Chloe and Will. In his latter 5 years, Rob took great delight in great grandsons, Atticus and Bennett.
Rob was the son of Alexander and Mildred Forgie and brother to Ian. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and immigrated with his wife Linda to Canada in 1958. Rob obtained his medical degree at Charing Cross Hospital, London, England and his fellowship in ophthalmology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He served with distinction with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Penhold, Alberta, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, USA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lahr, Germany and finally in Ottawa, Ontario, where he was Chief of Staff for the National Defence Medical Center. He was a gifted surgeon, mentor and teacher to many. Upon retiring at the age of 80, he turned his attention to woodworking. His legacy lives on in the many physicians and allied health professionals he trained and in the innumerable fine pieces of woodwork in the homes of his children and grandchildren.
Rob loved life and was an avid woodworker, canoeist, sailor, fisherman, pilot, marathon runner, chef and in his later years started to learn how to play the bag pipes. Rob and Linda loved spending time with their dogs, cats and horses on their hobby farm in Kinburn, Ontario, which they ran for 30 years.
The family wishes to thank the exceptional team at The Ottawa Hospital who cared for Rob with such kindness, professionalism and dedication.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society would be appreciated. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.