Associate Director of Golden Harvest Food Bank Passes Away After Brief Illness

Associate Director of Golden Harvest Food Bank Passes Away After Brief Illness (Image 1)

Barry Forde, who was the associate director of Golden Harvest Bank, passed away Tuesday night after a brief illness.

A press release on Forde's passing, from Golden Harvest Food Bank, is below:

Golden Harvest Food Bank joins in mourning with the family of Barry Forde, our beloved Associate Director, who passed into eternal rest on May 21st at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. A man of unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, Barry will be forever remembered for his love for others and humble service to those in need.

“Barry was a man who, in his thirty years of service, had a single focus: to feed the hungry.  He has been a humble servant and an inspirational mentor to me and the staff,” said Golden Harvest's Executive Director Travis McNeal.  “I have admired his unswerving commitment to Jesus and will forever remember him for his infectious smile, dedicated work ethic and kind-hearted spirit. He truly made an impact upon my life and made a lasting impression upon numerous people throughout our community.”

Joining Golden Harvest in its second year of operation, Barry has touched countless lives while spending the last 30 years distributing more than 200 million pounds of food to the hungry. In his thirty years, Barry helped establish feeding programs and relationships with thousands of non-profit agencies in Golden Harvest's 30 county service area. He was instrumental in the establishment of an Aiken Warehouse in 1985 and served as the Director of Aiken Operations for some time as well.

A service will be held in honor of Mr. Forde at St. Joseph's Catholic Church located at 2607 Lumpkin Rd on Saturday May 25 at 9:00am. Barry is survived by his wife, Diane and his son, John.

As Golden Harvest Food Bank receives updates from the Forde family relating to Barry's memorial service, wishes, and final thoughts, we will post them at Please join us in offering our most sincere and heartfelt prayers for the Forde family, along with all who were blessed to know and love Barry.

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