James William "Jim" Forrestal, age 68, of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away at home on August 29, 2020, after bravely fighting pancreatic cancer for almost one year.
Jim was born on July 15, 1952, in Beloit, Wisconsin to James and Jeanice (Musson) Forrestal. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Madison and was a proud Badger. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army. He married his beloved wife, Deborah, on August 29, 1992 and they celebrated their 28th anniversary on the day that he passed.
Jim was a professional portrait photographer for his entire career and his last studio was located in Middleton - Forrestal's Parmenter Street Gallery.
Jim is survived by his wife, Debi, sons Taylor (Vanna) Forrestal and Matthew (Megan Evans) McCauley, granddaughters Ellie Forrestal and Evan McCauley. He is further survived by brothers Bob, John, Joe, Kevin and Brian and sisters Carol Fischer, Diane Kulick, Darice Clark and Barb Forrestal, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, by his sister-in-law Laura Colletti.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Alton and Lois Duckworth.
No services will be held, however, a celebration of Jim's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to Agrace HospiceCare of Fitchburg or WORT FM Radio Station of Madison.
Jim's family would like to thank Dr. Jeremy Kratz of UW Hospital, Dr. Amanda Bohlig of VA Hospital and the nurses in the Infusion Center at the VA Hospital for all their compassionate care of Jim.
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"I still have the portraits Jim took of my family and of our daughters prominently displayed in my home. Jim was an artist, a great guy, a wonderful husband and partner to Debi, a great father and a lot of fun to be around. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Debi and family."
"So sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts, I wish there was something that can be done to help ease the pain."
"We first met Jim when he had a booth at Edgefest. His photography was fantastic. At that time we had two small children and of course we wanted photographs for lasting memories. Jim was our "family" photographer A super person and no one better with a camera (even when he had the animals included.). We have not seen Jim in many years but our memories and photographs will be with us forever.
We send to Jim's family our very deepest sympathy.
Jim and Linda Heineke"
"Jim was in my garage band, the No Left Turns, in 1967-68. When he auditioned for us, we asked if he knew how to play Light My Fire by the Doors. He nailed it and immediately became a member of the band. We had some great times playing for teen dances around the Stateline area. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. ~Joe Accardi"
"What a nice guy. So many memories from Cap Brewery and annual Brown party on Mem Day weekend. RIP. Reed and Joanne"
"We are so sorry for your loss. Deb and Gary Kelsey and Vicky Barker."
"My love and condolences to the family with the loss of my brother. He was always willing to take portraits of us and our family. He was a kind Uncle to my children and they will always remember that. A 100 dollar donation was made to Agrace HC in is honor. "
"Jim will always bring a smile to all those who knew him. He was known for his crazy sense of humor and wisecracks that brought those who were there to laughs and great memory stories. A generous friend who enriched his Boogie brothers and became part of our personal stories. Many of us have photos he took so abley of us and our families that illustrate his talents. He and Debi helped transform downtown Middleton to what it is today with their acquisition and development of the Gallery. RIP GOOD FRIEND., DLP."
"Debi and Jim were made for each other. I am so very sorry Debi and family. You are in my heart. I pray that tte love of your many friends will give you comfort and peace. All my love.
Marilyn Bankert "
"You'll be missed big brother, love Darice"