Philippe Robert Forton


Philippe Robert Forton, 61, of 99 Roxdale Place, Roxboro, entered into eternal rest with Jesus on May 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Forton; his brother, Robert Forton; his sister, Annie Forton; and his niece, Jessica Chesbro.  Philippe is survived by his wife, Jane Forton; two children, Caroline Hart (husband, Kyle Hart) and Chris Forton (wife, Ashley Forton); his mother, Maryse Forton Volkaerts; brothers, Marc Forton (wife, Anne-Catherine) and Jean-Paul Forton (wife, Therese); sister, Francoise Forton (partner, Claude Ronsse); sister-in-law, Myriam Forton Beun; brother-in-law, Jonathan Mayo (partner, Jacqueline Chesbro); grandchildren, Sadie, Cameron, and Lucy Hart; thirteen nieces and nephews; and sixteen grand-nieces and grand-nephews. 

Philippe was born in Neerpelt, Belgium. He graduated from high school twice-first from the Institut Saint Berthuin in 1978 in Malonne, Belgium; then from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland in 1979, after spending a year there as a foreign exchange student.  In 1984, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his youth, he excelled in sports, playing tennis; field hockey, including being part of the Belgian Junior National Field Hockey team; and soccer, including being part of the UNC Men’s Soccer team. 

After graduating from UNC, he married Jane, his high school sweetheart, and they had many happy years together. Their children, Caroline and Chris, will always remember their dad as a loving, hardworking, and amazing man. Philippe’s children, their spouses, and his grandchildren brought much joy into his life. Traveling in Europe, spending time at Carolina Beach, riding in his convertible, working in his yard and around the house, going to UNC Women’s Soccer games, and hanging out with his buddy, Roy Holler, were his favorite things to do.

Philippe received a heart transplant on Aug. 2, 2016. Although the years after that contained many health challenges, there were also many sweet moments spent with his Belgian and American families, and reconnecting with his college friends.  The family would like to thank the many compassionate health care workers, who gave him almost six more years of making memories.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at Roxboro Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends following the service in the church’s fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to the Roxboro Presbyterian Church, PO Box 419, Roxboro, NC 27573; or the Christian Help Center, PO Box 1882, Roxboro, NC 27573; or Person Co. Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 52, Roxboro, NC 27573.

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