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 ( or 800-950-6264) or the Marine Biological Laboratory ( or a charity of one’s choice.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 2:00 PM

Church of the Messiah
Address & Directions


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Church of the Messiah Cemetery
Address & Directions


National Association of Mental Illness or 800-950-6264

Marine Biological Laboratory

or a charity of one’s choice.

Learn more about Pre-planning

John T. Fort

1944 ∼ 2018

Do you need help in writing your guestbook entry?

Try writing about one of these topics:

  • What characteristic did you love most about the person
  • What was your relationship with him/her
  • Do you have a tasteful story about him/her that exemplifies the qualities of the person
  • What one word would you use to describe the person
  • When was the first time you met him/her
  • Did you share in a special event with him/her

Did you know, this guestbook entry will be printed and given to the family as a cherished keepsake. Your words will be held closely by the family and their gratitude for the time spent writing will be boundless.