James Richard Forsyth

Jun 15, 1947 - Jun 19, 2010


James Richard Forsyth, 63 passed away June 19, 2010, with his family by his side.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and served his country in the United States Air Force and fought proudly in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and went on to become a successful business owner in the manufacturing and construction industry. He was an active member of the Washington Outboard Club. He enjoyed spending his days fishing, hunting, cooking, eating, and talking.

Above all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved life and soaking up the sunshine.

He was survived by his wife Maleta, daughters Denise, Karyn, RaeAnna, son Ryan, grandchildren Morgan, Brennon, and Rachel, mother Marie, brothers John and Ronald, and several nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cast for Kids. CASTFORKIDS.ORG

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


  • Johnny Forsyth says:

    We are heartbroken for your family. I have such fond memories of my Uncle Jimmy when he would visit Baltimore. Love, Johnny, Emily, Johnny, Danielle and Connor Forsyth

  • Terri Bartell says:

    Dec, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I really enjoyed the times at your home. Jim really was awesome person. He will be truly missed.

  • Frank and Linda Overton says:

    Jim was one of those special persons, the kind you only meet a handful during a lifetime. He was always friendly, giving, and always willing to help. He would respond with the same enthusiasim wheather the invitation was to go fishing or to go to Tahoe and work on our home up there. We are so glad Dec & Jim made it to our Cinco de Mayo party, it gave us a chance to see him one last time and for that we are very grateful. May we treasure his memories and the way he touched our lives and may God ease the sorrow of the Forsyth Family….

  • Scott Moore says:

    I’ve not only lost a great father in law but a very close and special friend.I will never forget the great times we spent on the American river waiting to catch the big one,sharing stories, and just enjoying the company of a wonderful man. JIMBO you will be missed “Thanks for all the wonderful memories and you will always have a special place in my heart”

  • John Marklund says:

    Rae Anna & Family, with deepest sympathy, wishing you comfort and peace.

  • Bill and Deborah Ambroso says:

    Denise and Karyn ~ Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you and the Forsyth family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. Remember that we love and care for you both. Aunt Deb and Uncle Bill Ambroso

  • Sarah Shoemaker and Sal Hewitt says:

    Karyn , Denise (my favorite cousins) – My heart is broken thinking about the loss of your Dad… I know no words can ease the pain, or loss here, but I want you to know that I truly hope you find peace with his passing… celebrate his life. Youre both in my thoughts. xoxo All our Love from Colorado, Sarah and Sal

  • Ryan O'Shaughnessy says:

    My heart and mind are with the family during this tough time. I am going to really miss Jimbo, he was a very special person and he will always be remembered.

  • Sarah Shoemaker says:

    Morgan Brennan – I know how special a Grandpa’s love is… Cherish the memories. My love to you both! xoxox Sarah

  • Vicki and Brian Hassman says:

    Dear Karyn and the entire Forsyth family, Our sincerest condolences, and heartfelt sympathy, for your loss. We hope that the peace that comes from the memories of love, and a lifetime, shared, comfort you now and always. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” All our best, Vicki and Brian Hassman (Sarah and Sal’s friends)

  • Gisa Emeterio says:

    Raeanna and Family, Cherish and embrace all your fondest memories of your dad close to your heart. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Ron Forsyth Jr. says:

    To Aunt Maleta, Denise, Karyn, RaeAnna, and Ryan. Uncle Jim will be truly missed. Not only did Uncle Jim love to fish, hunt, and cook he without a doubt loved his family the most. Many vacations spent with the family are treasured and will never be forgotton. I will always cherish the talks and discussions we shared when hanging out in the garage. Uncle Jim will always be close to my heart. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Love you all! The Forsyth family Ron Jr, Lisa, Hailey, GrandMom, and Ron Sr.

  • Sherry Fernengel says:

    Jim will truly be missed. He was a great guy willing to help anyone at any time. He treated you as if you were part of his family.

  • Jim Anderson says:

    Dec & family, Well what can I say to make your sorrow & pain go away? Jim was a great guy and I truly enjoyed chatting with him. I would call the house and we could chat easliy for 30 min. I would finally say “Jim I’ve got to get off the phone, can I talk to Dec? He then would say “oh yeah she’s not here, try her cell.” I lost my dad at 62 very suddenly and I feel your pain. I am thinking of you all and it hurts all over again. Your loss is also a loss for everybody that knew him. I sure will miss him and his easy going personality. I will also miss our little chats! You will think of him often and hold those thoughts and memories real close they will mean the world as time goes by. Kind Regards & love to all, your friend, Jim

  • Lorna Fong says:

    deeply saddened by this news…Jim was a wonderful man who loved his family deeply — he was a dear friend and neighbor..so sorry for your loss Lorna

  • Dexter Fong says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, it was a shock and totally unexpected. All the best the the family.

  • Carolyn Wille says:

    Dear Maleta, Denise, Karyn, RaeAnna and Ryan – Our hopes prayers were with you the week prior to Jim’s passing. We were so very, very sorry that he didn’t make it. We really enjoyed his visit with us on his last trip to Baltimore. He passed on great stories about all of you. I have wonderful childhood memories of all the holidays and celebrations we spent together. Our best wishes and deepest sympathy to all. Love, Carolyn and Bob

  • Barbara Gutridge says:

    I knew Jim as an honorable businessman and worked with him in our industry association. He was humble and kind and a pleasure to know. My prayers go to his family, that you will be comforted in this time of loss and that you will know peace from having seen a life well lived.

  • Noel Rofoli says:

    Jim was a great customer, but an even better friend. While I only saw Jim occaisionally, the time spent with him was pretty special. Jim had a way of drawing you in. He was always interested in what you had to say and always interested in not only business, but what was going on in your life. You knew he genuinely cared about people. I know that Jim is in a better place, but the world he left behind is diminished without him.

  • Carl John Fischer says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the family from a fellow cultured marble maker.

  • Bill & Cathy Kennedy says:

    We were very saddened this evening to learn of Jim’s passing. Our lives were richer because he was in it. Jim always knew how to connect to people in a caring, sincere way. We will forever remember his presentation as the “Herirage Speaker” at a recent meeting of GWCMA. Jim’s stories of his experiences in the cultured marble business covered the gamut from heart wrenching to hilarious, but the common theme was that he always focused on the people in a positive way. A great man of integrity, purpose, and caring! We were blessed to know him.

  • Stephanie Hewitt says:

    Hey Cousin, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family. May God’s presence, comfort,and love,bring you peace. Love Stephanie Hewitt (Sal’s Mom)

  • Ben Zamora says:

    My condololences to the family, I’ll always remember Jim been A helpful friend, always there when I needed help. May he rest in peace

  • Tom & Meg McKenzie says:

    We will miss him as a good friend and fellow fisherman. We looked forward to working with him on many club dinners and fundraisers. We share your loss.

  • Michael&Jamie&K-C Hamp says:

    Fish and hunt the clouds Jim. You will be forever missed but never forgotten.

  • Griffith Family says:

    Jim will always be in our memories.

  • John & Molly Forsyth says:

    Maleta,Denise,Karyn,RaeAnna,Ryan,We are heartbroken & in a state of shock.Our visit last year made us appreciate our wonderful family & Jim who as Scott said was my best friend.We love all of you & hope to see you soon.Love,John & Molly

  • Dedra & JV Ambriz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • USCG Air Station Traverse City says:

    Our thoughts are with you.

  • Bob Carr says:

    Dec and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Jim, he is like losing a brother,as you know, we go back many years. From the time we met, he just felt like a brother. If your day was going bad all you had to do was talk to Jim and your day was better. I’m so thankful to have known him and worked with him over the years, working with him was always productive and a day of fun. I share your grief, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. He is now with God and we will all meet again one day.

  • Bill Fernengel says:

    Jim was a special person. He always had a way to make everything work. He will be truly missed.

  • Brennon moore says:

    My grandpa was a man of hard work and would always laugh. He would always enjoy fishing with me and others too. He will always be in my thoughts and my prayers

  • Joan Fisher Purvis says:

    My condolences to the family. I have a great many childhood memories of our “family reunions” and the other family get togethers that we shared. He will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. God Bless, Robert and Joan Purvis (Cousin)

  • Betty (McElroy) Forwood says:

    All of the McElroy family will miss Jim very much. It is still hard to believe when it happens so fast. We will never forget spending the holidays together as children. I will always remember Jim for his big smile (even when he was little). We still hear all of the stories from Aunt Marie about his wonderful family and all of his friends in California.

  • Brad Curd says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I worked with Jim as a vendor and he became a friend, and will always be remembered. He will be dearly missed by all.

  • Dianne McElroy Grove says:

    Our hearts & prayers go out to your family. This is so hard to believe. Jim and I were a year apart and I will always remember every holiday we spent with him as children at my grandparents. His last visit here we enjoyed talking about our familes and our vacations. I know you have all enjoyed a good life and Jim would want you to continue. Love to you all Dianne & Forrest

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