Surrounded by his loving family, Iain died peacefully on August 1, 2018 in Victoria, BC after a 50-year struggle with Type 1 Diabetes.

Born on October 23, 1942 in Inverness, Scotland, Iain was predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife, Anna, their children, Rory, Robin, Joanna and their families, five grandchildren and two sisters.

Iain, a family physician, came to Canada with Anna in 1971, at first practicing in Lethbridge, Alberta where their two sons were born. In 1976, he moved to the west coast, to start a family practice in Parksville. Soon after, daughter Joanna was born. For the last 30 years, he practiced in Victoria and most recently was the school physician at St. Michaels University School. His wisdom and compassion greatly influenced the lives of the countless young people with whom he was surrounded.

But Iain’s greatest joy came from his family, of whom he was immensely proud, and his beloved grandchildren, who meant the world to him.

A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at St. Michaels University School on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11.00 a.m. followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation so that others may not suffer as he did.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Don Pollock
    September 22, 2018

    I never saw Iain without a smile and he had this special gift of always leaving one on my face too. Many times he came to the aid of both Chris and Jame during their time at the school. He was a special blessing to all he met.

  • Lara Tomaszewska
    August 10, 2018

    My deepest condolences to Mrs. Forbes, Rory, Robin, Joanna and to the entire family. Some of my fondest high school memories are of times spent at the Forbes’ house – there was always an open door, warmth, and a smile from Dr. Forbes. He had the admiration of the entire community but I know that there was nothing greater than the love and adoration he had for his family. I am truly sorry for your loss and am holding you close in my heart during this difficult time.

  • Lisa Weston
    August 9, 2018

    I have such fond memories of time spent with the Forbes
    family during my high school years growing up in Victoria. Dr. Forbes was a warm, welcoming and kind man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him .
    My heartfelt condolences to Anna, Rory, Robin, Joanna and your families .

  • Andrew Burnett
    August 9, 2018

    Anna, our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of this great man. We all have fond memories of Iain at the school and #322.
    Andy, Catherine and all the Burnett boys

  • Brandy
    August 8, 2018

    Anna, Rory, Robin, Jo and Family x we are so sad for the loss of Doc, a much loved, admired and respected man. His light, love, laughter and wit are some of the best gifts to remember and inherit x P&B

  • John & Pat Wheatley
    August 8, 2018

    We were so sad to hear of Iain”s death. We remember him as such a kind person, he spent his life caring for others, it was always fun to be with you and your family going back to our days in Parksville.

    Our thoughts and love are with Rory, Robin, Joanna and you at this time.

    We are so sorry we are unable to attend the memorial service.

  • Carmel van der Westhuizen
    August 8, 2018

    Heartfelt condolences to Anna and family.
    Sincerely , from Nick and Carmel van der Westhuizen

  • Justin Leung
    August 7, 2018

    Rest in peace Dr. Forbes, thank you for everything. You were more than just a physician but a friend and a mentor to many of us boarding students living far from our families. You will be missed.

  • Ian Scanlan
    August 7, 2018

    What a kind and gentle man was Iain. My sincerest condolences to the whole family.

  • Wilma Greig
    August 7, 2018

    Please accept our sincere condolences at your loss. Iain was a lovely man who was admired by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Wilma, Gillie Greig & family

  • Sue Saunders
    August 6, 2018

    We are so saddened to learn of your incredible loss. Our memories of dear Iain are full of his passion for his profession, aviation, his family and his delightful story telling.

    Our deepest condolences to you and all your family.

    Sue, Bob and Jamie Saunders

  • Jim de Goede
    August 5, 2018

    Anna, I am so sorry to hear of Iain’s passing. I will be sure to make a donation to Juvenile Diabetes in Iain’s name. Shari, Andrea, Olivia and I offer you and your family our condolences. Jim de Goede

  • Saman Jahansoozi
    August 5, 2018

    Iain was a good friend and my trusted physician for a long time. We met in the Lansdowne Clinic for the first time. His kindness and physical approach towards recognition of the problems made me and my family his loyal followers and we accepted his advice with no hesitation.
    Our sincere words to his family are, “Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we deeply share your sorrows.”
    From Jill, Julia and Saman Jahansoozi.

  • Dirk Gombos
    August 4, 2018

    Love, peace and condolences to the Forbes family.
    Dr. Forbes was a great pillar of support at SMU to us, the students!

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