Robert E. Fordham, an 11th generation Fordham in Sag Harbor, passed away in Port Charlotte, Florida on February 6. He was 69 years old.
Mr. Fordham was born on July 13, 1943 to Hiram (Hydie) and Dorothy Fordham. Attending the Sag Harbor Schools throughout his childhood, he left soon after graduation to serve his country in the Army. After a tour in Vietnam, he left the military to return home where he married his hometown sweetheart, Eileen Archibald in 1968.
Mr. Fordham worked until retirement for the telephone company as a lineman and service technician where he enjoyed the people he worked with and the customers he met. Mr. Fordham joined the Phoenix Hook and Ladder Company of the Sag Harbor Fire Department and was a member for 42 years upon his passing. He was known for his devotion to the aerial ladder throughout his time of service as well as holding offices of captain and warden for many years. He also served as a leader of the Boy Scouts for a number of years, holding Weblos meetings in his home and helping young boys in the community learn how to use tools and respect one another. The family gave countless hours to their children’s school, St. Andrew’s, running carnivals, fundraisers and dinner dances, as well as fixing broken items, painting and dealing with emergency situations without hesitation. He was a kind and gentle man, says family members, who always had a story to tell or advice to give and although he loved his children, he adored his grandchildren more than anything.
Mr. Fordham passed away at the vacation home he and his wife shared in Florida. His wake was held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home and Mr. Fordham was buried at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sag Harbor Fire Department Benevolent Association or The March of Dimes.
Mr. Fordham is survived by his wife, Eileen, his three children; Scott Fordham, Heidi Forham Wilson and Kiersten Fordham Simmons, as well as six grandchildren; Kyle and Jake Fordham, Colby and Carolyn Wilson and Riley and Lilah Simmons. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Gregory and brother, Donald Fordham, as well as sisters- and brothers-in-law, as well as nieces and nephews.