Obituary for Albert John Chisholm FORSYTH as published in the online edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal, Coronado (San Diego), California (CA) on December 31st, 2008.
"Albert John Chisholm Forsyth: 1911 - 2008
Albert John Chisholm Forsyth was born on Nov. 9, 1911 on a farm 14 miles north of Wainwright, Alberta, Canada to Ada Helene Kitchen and John Chisholm Forsyth. His childhood was difficult but by his teenage years the family had moved to Jasper Park, Alberta where his love for ice hockey would allow his brother Jim and him to travel the world and become life long business partners and friends.
In 1929, Bert herded cattle from Edmonton to Montreal to pay for his boat ticket to Glasgow, Scotland to live with his Scottish grandparents and play ice hockey. He signed with the British Ice Hockey Association and played on various teams such as Wembley Lions, Birmingham, London, and Scotland. His brother Jim joined him soon after. In 1932, the brothers were playing for the World Ice Hockey Association for teams in Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Switzerland. Bert taught himself French and German and developed a taste for the finer things in life along with many girlfriends and the desire to travel the world. In 1936, Bert was hired at age 24 to coach the Belgium ice hockey team for the 1936 Olympics that were held in Garmishch-Partenkirchen, Germany. To this day, he is the youngest Olympic ice hockey coach in history.
In 1939, Bert sailed from New York City from London a month before the London bombings. With his connections from Europe, he got a job selling Best Food products and his U.S. citizenship.
In 1940, Bert had been covering the state of Montana for sales and at a college frat party he met a beautiful short redhead, Mary Kay Fickes. They got married in 1942 and stayed together for 69 years, having five children. Settling in Seattle to play in the Western Hockey league and opened two nightclubs after World War II ended until 1946.
San Diego came calling in 1946 for Bert, Mary Kay and Jim to buy and coach the San Diego SKYHAWKS ice hockey team at the Glacier Gardens Arena on the waterfront taking the team to the championships in 1948.
After the western league folded, the Forsyths bought a tiny bar and taco stand in Coronado, the Mexican Village Restaurant, which became the watering hole for the entire Military Pacific fleet and famous for their food and great entertainment. By 1974, the MEXPAC had grown to a full nightclub and restaurant serving up to 1,500 meals a day and was considered the best nightclub on the Pacific coast.
Bert also had a passion for inventions, he developed a device called the Tru-measur, the first cash register to tabulate food cost, an invention that calculates the bar liquor shoots, along with many more. Until his death, he was coming up with ideas to make life better and make more money. Hunting, fishing, playing cards, travel, golf and of course, ice hockey were his passions in like along with is love for his wife and children.
Bert was preceded by the death of his son James Forsyth in 1959. He leaves behind his wife Mary Kay; daughters Kathy (Tom) Ashworth of San Diego; Liz (Greg) Lovell of Coronado; and Gabriele of Washington; and son Ronald, of La Mesa; grandchildren Sara Ashworth (John) Galbraith; James Ashworth; Michael (Lainey) Ashworth; Ali, Gaby and Chanel Lovell; great-grandchildren Jake and Carly Galbraith, Pia and Tianna Ashworth.
Bert, we toast you with your favorite vodka on ice and caviar on the side.
Please join his family in the celebration of his life on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Island Sports Bar in Coronado from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and take stories or pictures to share. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to the Coronado High School football program. Send checks to the Coronado Booster Club c/o Coach Bud Mayfield, 650 D Avenue, Coronado CA 92118."
Albert was known by all that knew him as "Bert". He is found in your 7th Generation.
Glen F. Pritchett
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