Gordon L. “Gub” Forsberg, of Auburn and Harwich passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Florida Medical Center in Oakland Park, Florida after a debilitating battle with Dementia. He was 85. He leaves his wife of 59 years Marion E. (Anderson) Forsberg and their two children Gordon L. Forsberg Jr. and his wife Kathi of Sutton and Susan L. Wilkicki and her husband Chuck of Auburn. He leaves two grandsons, Eric Wilkicki and Stefan Forsberg. He also leaves two siblings, Harriet Dean of East Sandwich and Robert Forsberg of Grafton, a cousin David P. Forsberg of Worcester and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother Philip Forsberg of Salem.
He was born in Worcester, son of Philip and Greta (Bergstrand) Forsberg and graduated from Commerce High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year he was drafted to play professional baseball by the Washington Senators and played pro ball into his mid- twenties. During his off seasons he worked in the family trucking and transportation business where he met Bill Wilkner an importer from Scandinavia. Thus began the partnership and eventual ownership of Scandia Specialties Inc. and Scandinavian Imports. As a wholesaler in the gift industry, Gub traveled extensively in Sweden and Denmark and also traveled the entire continental USA participating in trade shows promoting his Scandinavian products to the retail market. He was also a manufacturer’s representative and selling force for many high profile companies such as Ittala, Arabia of Finland and Dale of Norway. He served many years on the board of directors for wholesale merchandise marts in Bedford at The Center and at McCormick Place in Chicago. He was a member of Bethlehem Covenant Church in Quinsigamond Village, Worcester.
He was a career Freemason of 64 years beginning as a DeMolay. He was a life member of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Montecute (Guiding Lights) Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Worcester, York Rite, Consistory Boston, Aleppo Shrine and the Jesters. He held office and served on the Board of Directors for many years at the Scandinavian Athletic Club (SAC) in Shrewsbury. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich where he eventually retired. Besides his family, his “Cape House” was the love of his life and he will be remembered entertaining family and friends with his gracious hospitality. He had as many as six dogs at a time, many of them cast-off strays, which he transported back and forth between his Auburn home and Cape Cod, in one of his many Ford trucks.
Gub’s family will celebrate his life with a church service to be held at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Worcester on April 25 at 10:00 AM followed by a Masonic service. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=gordon-forsberg&pid=174507460#sthash.IDEsV1M0.dpuf