Alister E. (Choke) Forsythe

Published on Wed, May 22, 2013
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Alister E. (Choke) Forsythe passed away May 16, 2013 at Bellingham Health Care in Bellingham, WA. He was born October 28, 1924 in Giscome B.C., Canada. He is survived by two of his four siblings; James (Edna) Forsythe and Shirley McGarrigle, two children; Sheila (Gary) Nawman and Dean (Mikeal) Forsythe, two grandchildren; Jesse (Kim) Forsythe and Melissa Forsythe, great-grandson, Dylan Forsythe, and numerous nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his wife Lila in 2011.

Al joined the Navy with many of his neighborhood friends and his brother Jim in the fall of 1942. After the navy, he and Lila 
married and had 64 wonderful years together.

He worked in the Bellingham coal mine for a couple of years, surviving a cave-in by diving into a hole. His leg was broken in two places, and he spent many months recuperating in St. Luke’s Hospital. Always open for something different occupationally, he moved his family to Lacomb, Oregon in 1952 where he joined other family members working at a shingle mill. He always said that those few years he lived and worked in Oregon were some of the best years of his life.

A nephew recently remarked, “Uncle Choke never met a stranger.” That “gift of gab” led him to embark on an insurance career in 1956. After some schooling, Al moved the family back to Custer, WA and started working for Allstate Insurance. Eventually, he and Lila bought Blaine Insurance, where he worked until he retired.

Passionate about golf, he and Lila were members of the Bellingham Country Club, making many new life-long friends and several holes-in-one (although, much to his dismay, Lila got the first one).

Al’s ashes will be buried along with Lila’s at the Haynie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Haynie Cemetery, c/o Connie Boice, 3333 McGee Road, Custer, WA 98240. This little cemetery does not get any funds from the county, so all donations are greatly appreciated.

Al’s family would like to thank the staff of Bellingham Health Care for their loving kindness during Al’s stay, and especially during his final days.

He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service may be announced at a later date. You can share your thoughts and memories of Al at