FORSTER, Bradley Lionel
May 5th, 1950 – October 13th, 2016
Brad Forster, aged 66, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, BC after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born May 5th, 1950, in New Westminster to Iris (Preddy) Forster and David Forster. He was raised alongside his 3 brothers Dave, Monty & Scott on a small farm in Surrey. After having graduated with honours from Princess Margaret Secondary, he went on to achieve honours, once again, at BCIT with a diploma in Computer Science. He began his career at Canadian Forest Products, and would continue on in the Soft Wood Lumber Industry for the next 40 years. Brad met the love of his life, Judy (Silverson), in 1976. They enjoyed 40 wonderful years of marriage and raised two sons, Matt and Shayne.
As a family, they embarked on many trips throughout North America and Europe. Brad and Judy were avid international travelers, having cruised and road tripped to several locales. A highlight in their travel experiences was their humanitarian trip to Zambia and Botswana in 2009. Brad was a dedicated leader in both his home church and community. He was ordained as an Elder in 1985 and was an active member of both the White Rock Rotary Club and the Elks Club.
Brad was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. He served on many boards including The Langley Association for Community Living as their Chair, The Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee and the city of White Rock’s Health and Social Service Committee. In 2012, Brad was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service. His favourite pastime was riding his motorcycle with his K-9 companion Tux. Brad’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He was a man of purpose who made a lasting impact.
He is survived by his wife Judy (Silverson) Forster, sons Matt and Shayne, and son-in-law Matthew. He was predeceased by parents Iris (Preddy) Forster and David Forster, and survived by brothers David (Verna), Monty and Scott, as well as his large and closely knit extended family. A Celebration of Brad’s life will be held on Saturday, October 29th, at 11am, St. John’s Worship Centre – 1480 George St. in White Rock. A special thanks to Brad’s doctors and health team for the many years of support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Brad to The Langley Association for Community Living or The Rotary Foundation, care of The White Rock Rotary Club.