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FORBUSH, James Bruce

FORBUSH, James Bruce

FORBUSH - James Bruce Of Lakeview, NY, passed peacefully at his winter residence in Boca Raton, FL, March 14, 2016 at the age of 85, beloved husband of Barbara (Winder); loving father of Catherine and Victoria Forbush (David Mace); cherished grandfather to Samuel James and Daniel Forbes Levine; fond stepfather to Todd (Annette) and Jeffrey (Kathy) Winder; caring step-grandfather to Nicolette, Brice, Douglas and Cole Winder; son of the late Alice and Sherburn Forbush. Mr. Forbush was the 3rd generation CEO of Forbush Lumber Company, founded by his grandfather, Daniel Forbush, in 1842. He was part-owner of the Buffalo Southern Railroad, which served WNY and his four lumber yards in Hamburg, North Collins, Gowanda and Salamanca, NY. He retired from the business in 1995. Mr. Forbush attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana, Nichols High School in Buffalo and completed his education at the University of Virginia, where he was quarterback of the football team. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a CIC Agent during the Korean War. Bruce was a long-time member of the American Legion Post No. 527, the Hamburg Rotary Club, Wanakah Country Club and the Delray Beach and Tennis Club in Florida. He enjoyed boating and deep-sea fishing tournaments in the Bimini Islands. He was an avid athlete and sports fan. He enjoyed watching The Bills, Miami Heat and March Madness. He had a life-long love of tennis and was an accomplished player. A champion skeet shooter, he won many NY State and World Titles. He holds a world record, a perfect score that can never be broken. He was a past president of the National Skeet Shooting Association and member of the All-America and NYS Skeet Shooting Teams. In addition to his accomplishments, he was a loving, caring and generous man who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. The family will hold a private memorial service, with military honors, at a later date in Hamburg. Gifts in his memory may be made, with appreciation, to the Buffalo City Mission.

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