GLOCESTER – Glocester citizens and officers are remembering Town Council President Julien “Jay” Fogue as a easy man or woman and superior pal with outstanding business acumen and an unbelievable lifetime tale who liked functioning for his city of Glocester.
Forgue died on Dec. 27 at Rhode Island Medical center at the age of 70 just after a two-7 days continue to be in the clinic.
For the previous three years, Forgue, a Republican, was a member of the Glocester Town Council, serving as president for the past year. In January of very last year, he told The Valley Breeze he has “sat with English lords, sat with presidents.”
“It’s a worldly working experience that I have,” he claimed.
Born in Providence, Forgue moved to Glocester in 1977 following traveling all over the entire world purchasing and promoting horses. He mentioned he satisfied with the president of Venezuela in the 1980s and raced a million-dollar horse in Hong Kong.
Forgue made Glocester’s to start with prepared device improvement in the Cody Generate neighborhood, and later acquired Tourbillon Farm, the place he ran his Tourbillon Trailer Profits and Support.
He stated he grew to become ill in 1994, and switched to advertising horse trailers. He retired in 2019, shelling out his last years taking pleasure in riding path horses with his spouse, Terry Quebec.
Forgue introduced the many lessons he uncovered by his worldwide business to Glocester, a spot pals claimed he truly cherished.
In his time on the council, Forgue assisted reignite the Financial Improvement Commission, leaning as he did into protecting the historic character of Chepachet although pushing for eclectic organizations such as artist-run galleries and boutiques.
In his January 2021 job interview, he claimed his target was to “make lemonade out of a lemon.”
Numerous admired Forgue for his uncomplicated, notify-it-like-it-is mind-set. Condition Rep. Michael Chippendale reported Forgue was never ever one particular to beat about the bush, and would explain to a man or woman the real truth no matter if it was great or not.
“I valued that. He was undoubtedly a straight-to-the-place type of guy,” Chippendale claimed.
Chippendale said he understood Forgue for 30 years prior to functioning alongside one another on their 2010 marketing campaign for the Statehouse. He mentioned Forgue contributed to a great friendship that he continued to take pleasure in for a lot more than a ten years.
Thinking of Forgue’s exceptional earlier, Chippendale stated he admired that he remained humble.
“It is a testomony to his character,” he explained.
Of Forgue’s fascinating previous, Chippendale explained listening to his tales, a individual would think he was full of it.
“But they ended up all correct. In some cases you’d have to pry it out of him, but it was all accurate,” Chippendale explained.
Chippendale reported Forgue liked Glocester, and manufactured an effects on a neighborhood he certainly beloved. He explained Forgue experienced a way of hunting at any difficulty other folks could see as impossible fix and obtaining a option.
“It was undoubtedly a single of the things that designed him effective,” he stated.
Glocester City Councilor Will Worthy said Forgue was a a single-of-a-variety person who will be drastically missed. He said Forgue introduced business enterprise savvy to the town, as very well as a welcoming, welcoming personality. He extra that Forgue’s achievements in his limited time on the council and in Glocester are a testomony to his character.
“He was a good male, a terrific male. He’ll be greatly skipped,” Worthy claimed.
Forgue leaves a son, Julien Forgue, four action-daughters, Whitney, Christina, Kyla and Dakota, and siblings Randy Forgue and his spouse Janice and Lorraine Grimley and her partner Buddy.
A personal funeral was held with a personal burial with military honors at Acotes Hill Cemetery. A celebration of existence will be held at a afterwards day.