Art Fordham died on Saturday (Aug. 11, 2012) at Marietta.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1945, at Marietta, the youngest son of Delbert and Winnifred Kraft Fordham. He grew up in Marietta and graduated from Marietta College, then went on to obtain a master's degree in political science from Ohio State University.
He was an avid outdoors man who loved to go caving, camping, hiking and biking. He was an accomplished woodworker and handy man, making items for his grandchildren and teaching his sons the art of home repair and maintenance. He taught for 35 years, the last 27 at the Career Center as an Occupational Work Experience teacher/coordinator, where he affected the lives of hundreds of students and worked with their employers. He was recognized as the O.W.E. coordinator of the year in the state of Ohio in 2000. He was a councilman for the city of Marietta for 19 years serving as council for the 4th Ward and as council at-large, the majority of those years as finance chair. An active and enthusiastic Democrat, he was a member of the Washington County Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees for many years, holding various offices including chair of the Central Committee.
He was a loving, engaged, and active family man. He is survived by his wife, Denyse Morris Fordham; by his son, Richard Fordham and fiance, Amanda West, of Fort Collins, Colorado; his stepdaughter, Tamara and Scott Mitchell of Perrysburg, Ohio, and their children Emily and Bryan, and stepson William and Kate Cusack of Darien, Connecticut, and their children, Cora and Grace. Also surviving are his brother, William (Cindy) Fordham of River Edge, New Jersey; and brother Robert (Judy) Fordham of Utica, Ohio; and his aunt, Virginia Fordham of Marietta.
Visiting hours will be at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home on Front Street in Marietta on Wednesday (Aug. 15) from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday (Aug. 16) from 10 a.m. to noon with services immediately following at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Marietta Community Foundation in Art's memory.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home's website, www.cawleyandpeoples.com