To the children from the YMCA Child Care programs he was known simply as “Marshmallow.” A jokester at heart, George Forsyth was always excited to take part in the Grand Friends program at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building.

The Grand Friends program brings together children from our YMCA Child Care with the residents at Camp Hill for social activities, including arts and crafts, gardening, music, baking, and physical activity. It offers a unique experience for both generations to get to know each other and develop friendships.

George’s son, George Jr., often visited with his dad during the Grand Friends program and enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the participants. His dad would light up when the kids came for visits. George Jr says, “He called kids magical, because they can do anything they want or be anybody they want when they grow up.”

George Sr’s favourite activity with the kids was art and he loved having pictures that the kids gave to him decorating his room. A veteran of the Korean War and living with Alzheimer’s disease, George recognized the pictures of himself with the kids from Grand Friends on display in Camp Hill.

The nickname “Marshmallow” originally came from George’s family as he frequently roasted marshmallows with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren over fires in the backyard. George Jr would bring in mini marshmallows for his dad to share with the kids in Grand Friends and one of them called him “The Marshmallow Man.” From then on, the nickname “Marshmallow” stuck and the kids loved to visit him and share a mini treat!

In loving memory of George James “Marshmallow” Forsyth (July 5, 1929 – April 25, 2016).