John T. Fort
1944 ∼ 2018
John Turner Fort, 74, died peacefully in his sleep, but Friday, July 13 at Royal Cotuit Nursing Home of Mashpee, MA. A native of Orange, NJ, John had lived on Cape Cod for almost 50 years.
He grew up loving sailing in Quissett where the family had summered. He went to the Woods Hole Science School and worked as a teenager in a lab at the M.B.L. He loved the scientists and many were kind enough to encourage him. He also was a good photographer and his artistic talent was shown early in his childhood writing – he was brilliant, very verbal and able to spin a good tale; creative and imaginative ones that were very believable, an Irish trait? He never lost his love for women and the family would like to thank the multitude of caregivers with so much love and kindness who wrestled with that imagination through the years in so many different facilities. Both John and we were blessed with your care.
John is survived by his brother F. William Fort (Susan) of Seattle, and his sister Catharine Parrish Fort-Warner of Falmouth. He also leaves 8 nephews and nieces and 16 great nephews and nieces, and their spouses.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 8 at the Church of the Messiah, Church Street in Woods Hole, followed by interment in the Churchyard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the National Association of Mental Illness (www.nami.org or 800-950-6264) or the Marine Biological Laboratory (www.mbl.edu) or a charity of one’s choice.