GLOCESTER – The president of the Glocester Town Council died last week at the age of 70.
Julian P. “Jay” Forgue III of Snake Hill Road died on Monday, Dec. 27 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence after a reported two-week stay at the hospital.
He had served on the council for the past three years and as president of the board for the past year. He came in second for the board to another Republican in last year’s election, and was elected to lead the council by his fellow members.
Forgue, a Providence native, was son of the late Julian P and Philomena (Tufano) Forgue, and the husband of Terry Quebec.
An Army veteran, Forgue worked for Rosciti Construction as a young man, and always had an interest in horses. He eventually left the construction business and established J&R Stables, buying and selling pleasure horses. He then moved on to thoroughbreds, traveling across continents. He met the president of Venezuela and had a race horse in a million dollar race in Hong Kong. Forgue initially established the Providence Mounted Police as well as forming a summer camp and therapeutic equestrian riding program for children at Meeting Street School.
Forgue moved to Glocester in 1977 and developed the first ever Glocester planned unit development, establishing the scenic Cody Drive neighborhood. He later became the sole owner of Glocester Pines Farm, eventually changing the name to Tourbillon Farm. Forgue later founded the successful Tourbillon Trailer Sales and Service, as well as becoming a successful real estate developer.
According to an obituary published with Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home of Greenville, Forgue embraced life to the fullest, always seeking new adventures, fully enjoying his life with family and friends.
Besides his wife, Forgue leaves a son, Julian P Forgue, and four step-daughters, Whitney, Christina, Kyla and Dakota. He also leaves his siblings, Randy Forgue and his wife Janice, Lorraine Grimley and her husband Buddy. He was the brother of the late Ricky Forgue. A private funeral was held. Private Burial with Military Honors was at Acotes Hill Cemetery, Glocester.
A celebration of Forgue’s life will be held at the family farm at a later date.