Della Forward

March 22, 1933 to April 3, 2017


Passed peacefully on April 3, 2017, at the age of 84 years, Della Forward.

Predeceased by her first husband Aubrey Knee; her brothers Lloyd Rees, Angus Rees and Charles Whalen; sisters-in-law Carolynne Rees, Betty Whalen; and niece Glenys Whalen.

Left with cherished and loving memories daughters Carolyn McGrath (Roger), and Sandy Harris (Wayne); grandchildren Ryan McGrath (Marie), Courtney Rostalski (Josh), Jennifer Mahaney (Marcel Gelinas); great grandchildren Mia and Kylie McGrath, Lincoln Rostalski, Sophie and Hannah Gelinas. Brother Doug Rees, Calgary, AB and sister -in-law Daphne Rees, St. John’s.

Della remarried into the Forward family. She is predeceased by Bob (Robert) Forward. Remembering her fondly are: Kevin (Michele), Don (Marie), Rob (Jayna) and Margo; grandchildren Karen Haverstock (John), Megan Forward (Corbett Hancey), Nicole Pretty (Mike), Adele Forward, Simon Forward, Brian Forward, Drew Hendrickson, and Kyle Hendrickson and their families.

Special side kick and ‘third’ daughter Suzanne Stanford for whom we are forever grateful. Also, remembered by a large circle of family and friends including her friends at Hillcrest Estates, especially the staff, we cannot say enough thank you’s; members of the RCMP Veterans Association; and thank you to the nursing staff of 4 North HSC and Miller Centre for their care and concern.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, April 6 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from The Church of The Ascension, Mount Pearl, on Friday, April 7 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.

In lieu of flowers donations in Della’s name may be made to the Church of Ascension Building Fund or VOWR.



2-4 p.m. on April 6, 2017

7-9 p.m. on April 6, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday April 7th

Church of the Ascension


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Carolyn and Sandy I just saw the notice of your mom’s passing and want to send our condolences to you and your families. I have such happy memories of our days in Ascension choir and what fun we had. Della was a big part of that. Blessings to you all.


I genuinely regret your loss. I hope that in due time your family receives God’s peace that excels all thought, so that it will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. God is called the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation. Rest assured that God cares for all his creatures and he would never bring us suffering. A soothing scripture I like is Psalm 34:18 which reads: “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” He promised that in the Paradise, we will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all problems, accidents, and sickness. Even our dead loved ones like Della will be resurrected. (Psalm 37:9, 29; John 5:28, 29) With all my sympathy for the loss of someone so dear.

Robert Forward and Family

Heaven recieved a special Angel who is now smiling down on you all. She had such a joyful personality that would brighten the room with her smile and laughter .Myself, Vincent , Mom and Dad send our love and condolences. So sorry for your loss.

Carolyn, Sandy and Families,
So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always very nice to us and a great bit of fun. Thinking of you all at this time.

To the Forward and Knee families:

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Della’s passing. Our friendship go back many years to the Ascension Choir. She was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Carolyn & Family
Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Unfortunately we are away and can’t be with at this time. We remember how kind your Mom was to our Mother when she first moved in to Hillcrest. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Very sorry to hear of Della’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Carolyn, Sandy & Families,

Sorry to hear about Della passing away. She was a lovely lady and I only have good memories of her. She will be missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

,Carolyn & Sandy & Families,
Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, our thoughts are with you .
Our deepest sympathy.

Derek & Natalie Sparkes

So sorry for the loss of your mom she will be greatly missed at Hillcrest thinking of you at this difficult time

Carly & Roger,

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead & loving memories to hold in your hearts. Thinking of you lots at this difficult time.

Warmest condolences. Charlotte

Carolyn & Roger, Jayna & Rob,
So very sorry for your loss. May you all treasure the wonderful memories you share of your mother,, stepmother, mother-in-law & grandmother. Della was a very special lady indeed. Big Hugs and prayers to you all. Tina, Greg & Family

Carolyn and Roger
We are sadden to hear of your moms passing Carolyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wanda and Dean Rees

So very very sorry to hear of Della’s passing.I was very fortunate to get to know this lovely lady over the past few years and so treasured our friendship.Laughter and good natured kidding was usually the order of the day along with such other important topics as the Blue Jays,curling and of course VOWR.
I am currently in Florida and sorry I cannot attend either the funeral home or the service however warm memories of this special lady will bring all who knew her through this sad time
God bless you and ooo

Carly and family
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Carolyn, Sandy and family:

I last saw your mother at Hillcrest Estates about eighteen months ago when the guy escorting me to her suite warned that I was about to take my life in my hands. Apparently I was going to interrupt as she watched a Blue Jays game and nobody would dare interfere with her beloved Jays. As luck would have it though, she forgave the intrusion and we had a lovely visit. What a great memory.

Please know that Harold and I are thinking of you all at this time and offer our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences.

Warmest regards,
Susan Sparkes-Fewer

Sandy and Family,

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Take care,
Corey, Carolyn and Ryall Harris

Carly and family – We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to each of you. Cherish your memories.

Thinking of your whole family Carolyn , Ed and I wish we could be there to help
In some small way. Out deepest sympathy. Pam and Ed Neary.

Carly, Sandy and families

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. We are currently out of the country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Take care
Bonnie and Terry Courish

Sandy and family, so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

Debbie Delaney

Della’a families, sad to hear of Della;s passing. We grew up together on Monroe Street Della was my maid of honor, we enjoyed meeting and chatting when she lived in New harbour and we had a summer home in Hopeall. we always planned to meet more often but plans sometimes fail. Have many good memories of our friendship, and my life long friend.14

Ryan, Marie and family,

We are so very sorry to hear if they passing of your Nan. She was a lovely woman and will be remembered fondly.

Amanda, Michael, Andrew, Adam and Addison Whelan

Carolyn and Sandy:

Please accept our condolences on the death of Della. We have wonderful memories.

Frank, Ruth and Scot