John Basil “JB” Forbes, Jr., of Louisa, VA passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the age of 68. Born on May 30,1952 in Rockville, MD to John and Billy (Wilma) Forbes he was the youngest brother to four older sisters.
After graduating high school, he did a short stint in college but then opted for life experiences over formal education. He headed to Alaska to help build the Alaskan Oil Pipeline. Upon his return he started his family with the birth of his much-loved son Dan. With Dan a college graduate and on his way to follow his own path, JB spent some years living abroad. Upon his return stateside he resumed his construction profession.
JB enjoyed a 50-year career in the commercial and residential construction industry and was well respected for his commitment, hard work, and integrity with every project he undertook. After retirement, he continued to enjoy his love of building with various projects at the home he and his wife, Patricia, created together.
JB had a sharp wit and brilliant sense of humor, and his stories were always engaging and thought-provoking. He had a lifelong passion for history of any kind and could recall events and details which invariably impressed, and often amused, those within earshot. This keen interest led to the study of genealogy, a hobby he thoroughly enjoyed. He delighted in assisting family and friends to discover their ancestry. He also had been an avid civil war history buff for many years, happily sharing his knowledge and taking interesting trips with his enthusiastic grandson, Eli.
Family meant everything to JB. He relished being the father of his bright and beautiful boy, Dan, who grew to be a wonderful man. He was exceedingly proud of him for his numerous accomplishments and of the loving father he has become. JB and Patricia loved having his grandkids visit and delighted in those special times together!
JB is survived by his cherished wife and best friend, Patricia (Percy), his son, Dan, wife Teresa and four grandchildren, Seth, Eli, Sofia, and Mackenzie, his sisters Kat, Karyn, Candy, and Angel, and Patricia’s children and grandchildren.
JB was a kind and sincere man, always generous with his time, talent, and resources with anyone who asked. He was a deeply loved husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend and will be forever in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.