Tony G. Forte, 96, WW II Veteran

Tony G. Forte, 96, of Haverhill died Sunday, Sept. 28 at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Haverhill.

He was born in Haverhill, September 4, 1918 son of the late Dominic and Lucia (DelGrosso) Forte, and was educated in the Haverhill school system. Forte served in the United States Army during World War II where he earned a Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and American Theater Campaign Ribbon. He was stationed in Northern France, Central Europe, Normandy, Rhineland, and Ardennes, Belgium.

He was employed in local shoe shops for a period of time and retired from Raytheon in Andover, in 1983. Tony played on the former Jaffarian Softball team and the Hot Stove bowling leaugue. Forte was a member of the VFW Lorraine Post #29, Amvet’s Post 147 and the Victor Emanuel Lodge #1646 Sons of Italy, all of Haverhill. He enjoyed vacationing many years at Salisbury Beach, trips to the White Mountains and Las Vegas. He was a member of St. James Church and the former St. Rita’s Church, Haverhill.

Forte was the husband of the late Hilda M. (Brandolini) Forte who died in 1997 and brother of the late Michael, Frank and George Forte and Jennie DeLuca. His survivors include a son, Anthony Forte and his wife Eileen of Haverhill, a daughter, Christine H. Ritchie of Haverhill, four grandchildren, Stacey Forte and Jason Therrien, Steven MacDonald and his wife Elisha, Julie Harris and her husband Christopher, and James Ritchie, three great grandchildren, Madison MacDonald, Christopher and Natalie Harris and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his calling hours on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. His Funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 beginning at 10 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in St. James Church, Haverhill. Burial with military honors will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions in his memory may be made to the veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice.