Lifelong Sebastopol resident John E. "Jack" Fore was a banker who walked to work each day down North Main Street, often strolling back at lunch to his home near Analy High School.
"He walked past the train most of the time because it ran right down Main Street," recalled his son, John Fore of Sebastopol.
Fore, who retired as a vice president of the Bank of Sonoma County, died Sept. 18 at a Sebastopol hospital. He was 95.
A child of the Great Depression, Fore was a shy young man who forced himself to take speech courses. He graduated from Analy High School in 1935 and attended Santa Rosa Junior College with a goal of becoming a sports writer.
But in 1937 he was offered a position as bookkeeper at Sebastopol National Bank. He left the junior college and took the job to help support his family.
For 41 years he served the bank, which later became the Bank of Sonoma County and is now Westamerica Bank. The branch is located at the key intersection of Main Street and Bodega Avenue.
Fore met his future wife, Alice Paula, another Analy graduate, at a New Year's Eve party and the couple married in 1941. They were married 69 years until her death in 2010.
In 1942 Fore was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. During the war he served in the finance department of several air fields in Southern California, and returned to Sebastopol after the war.
There he became active in the community and in 1957 served as one of the founding members of the Sebastopol Little League. He also was a past president of the Lions Club and the YMI of St. Sebastian Church and a member of the Active 20-30 Club.
He served 20 years as treasurer for the city of Sebastopol. Fore Way near Analy is named for him.
He also served as a regional president of both the American Institute of Banking and the California Bankers Association.
He retired from the bank in 1981.
Fore was an avid golfer who joined the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club in 1961. There he recorded three holes in one, plus holes in one at San Francisco's Olympic Club and Hawaii's Royal Kaanapali. He won many local tournaments and continued to play golf until 2010.
Along with his son, he is survived by two grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Sebastian Church.
— Robert Digitale