Forte, Kim

February 21st, 2011

Kim Marie (Surette) Forte, age 51, of Wilmington, died Monday, February 21, 2011, from injuries sustained in an accident.

Kim was born on January 30, 1960, in Winthrop, MA, she was the cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere. Kim grew up in East Boston, MA, she attended the Julia Billiart High School in Boston’s North End, graduating as the class Valedictorian in 1978.

Kim married her High School “Sweetheart”, Louis Forte on August 30, 1981, Kim and Lou shared a wonderful life together. They were doting parents to their son Timothy, he was their world and a big reason that she always had that amazing smile. Together they loved to travel, entertain, and spend time with their family and friends. Kim and Lou never spent a day apart in 30 years, they were “soul mates” who truly loved one another unconditionally.

Kim was a hard worker, since the age of 16 she worked as a dental assistant in East Boston, when she moved to Wilmington in 1983, she took a job as a dental assistant for Dr. Edgerly’s dental office in Wilmington where she worked for many years. She earned her Associates Degree in Math from Middlesex Community College in Bedford and her Bachelor’s Degree in Math from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus. At the time of her death, Kim was working as a Professor of Math at Middlesex Community College and was pursuing her Master’s Degree in Math. Kim loved teaching and was very fond of her students, she was always giving them the support and courage to further their education and better their lives.

Kim loved to exercise and be outdoors, she walked and biked all over Wilmington no matter what the weather was outside, everyone knew Kim. She would often stop to help someone rake, shovel, or carry in some groceries, she just loved to help others and the streets of Wilmington will never seem the same without passing Kim with that huge smile on her face. Kim was also a regular at RMA fitness where she worked hard and was so kind and friendly, just a pleasure to be around.

Kim will be fondly remembered for her optimistic attitude and her endearing personality, people were drawn to her. She had a soft, kind way about her and a warm smile that would light up a room. Kim had a love for others especially children, she loved to entertain them and just have fun with the kids.

Kim was very devoted to her family, she was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a true friend to many. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those she loved. Her absence will leave a huge void in their lives but her memory will be with them forever.

Kim’s motto in life was: “The secret to life is to skip and dance, it will make you smile”, and those who knew Kim knew she loved to dance, she embraced life to the fullest, and was always smiling. To take a quote from a popular song “When you smile the whole world stops to stare for a while, girl you’re amazing”, that describes the Kim everyone knew and holds dear to their hearts.

Kim was the loving wife of Louis J. Forte, devoted mother of Timothy L. Forte, both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere, dear sister of Dwayne Surette & his wife Cathy of East Boston and Sharon Nelson & her husband Michael of Exeter, NH, sister-in-law of Anthony Forte of Florida, Veronica Forte of East Boston, John Forte of Revere, and the late Salvatore Forte, Kim was also the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 25th from 4-9 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kim’s name may be made payable to the MCC Foundation, Inc., with a memo “in memory of Kim Forte” and mailed to: MCC Foundation, P. O. Box 716, Bedford, MA 01730.


50 Entries in Guest Book for “Forte, Kim”

  1. Dotty Paine says:

    Lou and Tim,
    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Kim. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Auntie Dotty (Janine’s aunt)

  2. John Lippiello says:

    Lou and Tim
    We were sorry to hear of your loss. We knew you from soccer coaching and living in the Glen Rd area. Our sincere condolences to you and your entire family.
    The Lippiello’s: John, Shelley, and John jr

  3. cathy says:

    although i did not have the privilege of knowing kim personally, i, like pretty much the whole town of wilmington, had known her for many years as “the girl who’s always walking”. she always had a smile on her face and she is going to be missed by everyone. my daughter went to school with her son and we are all just sick and horrified by this tragedy. my heartfelt condolences to her husband, son and family. her happy face will be missed on the streets of wilmington……

  4. Michelle Albano says:

    Lou & Tim
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.Kim was a beautiful person. I always remember her with a smile on her face when she was my dental assistant in East boston.
    Love your cousin Michelle

  5. Andrea Gillis says:

    So sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I know Kim from RMA and she was always a joy to be with during any fitness class.

  6. Denise Ezekiel says:

    Dear Forte Family -
    I knew Kim through the dental program at MCC and also took Jazzercize class with her at RMA. I am so devastated for you by this senseless, tragic loss. She was a beautiful soul, and certainly did live her live to the fullest extent. May you find comfort in having spent so much time with such a great lady. God Bless.

  7. Rick Pantano says:

    Hi Lou and Tim,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember coaching soccer with Kim she was always so funny and so good with the kids. She will be missed.
    Rick Pantano

  8. Marianne Genito says:

    Lou and Tim,
    Wilmington has lost a shining star, an inspiration and a wonderful, beautiful person. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family.

  9. Ron and Patricia Beal says:

    We were so sad when we saw this terrible tragic accident on TV and read about it online. We never met Mrs. Forte. My husband and I knew her as “The Walking Lady” We saw her walking for years all over Wilmington with a big smile on her face, and a “Hi “and wave for everyone who smiled and waved at her. She brightened our days. Our deepest condolences to the whole family she will be missed by a large portion of the Wilmington population. Driving around town will never be the same. God Bless you all
    Ron and Patricia Beal
    Wilmington, MA

  10. Edie Thompson says:

    Lou, Tim, Luella, Dwayne, Sharon and familes:
    I share your sorrow. Kim was a classy, goal oriented lady who set high standards for herself from as far back as I can remember. I remember talking about being valedictorian like it was no big deal. Despite her many accomplishments, she was quite modest.
    I treasure the memories of our childhood days on Lake Pawtuckaway.
    Love Edie

  11. Joan Le Blanc says:

    To all of Kim’s family and relatives,
    I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t explain how sorry I am and how much Kim is missed. Kim was an icon to Wilmington and she can never be replaced. I pray for strength for all of you, and I think of you daily.

    My sincerest sympathies,

  12. Terry Ivers says:

    Lou & Timmy,
    Words cannot express what I am feeling about your loss of Kim
    she will be sorely missed, but i will remember her smile on & off stage.
    she as well as you guys are beautiful people.
    love you terry

  13. Mary Donnell says:

    Dear Forte Family,
    I’m saddened to hear of Kim’s passing and my heart goes out to you. She will be deeply missed scurrying about town. She always took the time to stop and smell the roses. Kim will live on with the memories she has made in so many hearts and her beaming smile and personality will always shine down on Wilmington. My sincere sympathy, Mary D

  14. Amy and Amanda says:

    To Lou and Tim,

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Kim was a wonderful person and she was kind and delightful to be around. There is no way this loss is not felt through all of Wilmington. She will be missed but never forgotten. May God be with all you during this difficult time.

    God bless
    Amy and Amanda

  15. Michael Albano says:

    Lou and Tim
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories of Kim find comfort for the both of you. My sincerest sympathy for your loss.
    Love cousin Michael

  16. Ann Balian says:

    Louie and Timmy

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family at your time of greivence. Words cannot express what you are feeling. Kim was a wonderful well loved person and she radiated that love back. She will be very missed. Lou her beautiful smile will always shine upon you… God Bless!

    Annie, Lynne, Dave & Steven

  17. Maria Bishop says:

    Lou and Tim,
    Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Kim was a beautiful woman. She always had that beautiful smile and glow about her. She was such an inspiration and role model to us all with her diligence about health. I remember her from my dentist’s office, RMA and recreation league basketball games. Words are at a loss to express how shocked and saddened I was to hear about this. Wilmington has truly lost a beautiful and special woman. May God help you through this difficult time.
    Ken, Maria, Jonathan and Lena Bishop

  18. Sheila Bissett says:

    Lou and Tim,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you – as my son and I personally traveled this journey – she will remain in your hearts forever and never be forgotten.
    Hold on the memories,

    Sheila & Justin

  19. Marilyn Hinch says:

    Dear Lou, Luella, Dwayne, and Sharon:

    You have all been family to me throughout all these years. I remember my mother used to brag about Kim working at the dentist! I remember Kim dancing all the time and watching her performances when she was a young girl. All the beautiful memories will stay with all of us forever. Smiles will come to our faces as we remember how beautiful and sweet Kim was in her lifetime.

    God bless you and give you strength during this time. My prayers are with you always.

    Love, Marilyn

  20. Robert LaRocca says:

    I know that words cannot provide any significant consolation during this insurmountable loss, however be assured that your beautiful soulmate will enjoy her karmic rewards in the afterlife and most certainly will eventually be reunited with her soulmate.

  21. RoseMarie Golisano says:

    Lou and Tim…I didn’t know Kim, but being an avid walker myself would see her often walking on Faulkner Ave. and Glen Rd..sometimes with you both and your white poodle..she always had a smile and looked so cheerful…just cannot believe she met with such a senseless and tragic accident…it’s so very sad…will surely miss seeing her cheerful face and will remember her and your family in my daily prayers…You have lots of wonderful memories of her to carry you through….My Sincere and Deepest Sympathy to you and your extended family.

  22. Paula And Chad Stalker says:

    Lou and Tim,
    I haven’t been able to get Kim off my mind. Since the day we moved into Morningside Drive, Kim has been a presence in our lives. I remember many times feeling low and driving by Kim or seeing her at the gym and I would think “She has the right attitude, smile and everyone will smile with you”. Even though I know she is gone, I find myself still looking for her on the streets walking with her smile.
    You guys were blessed. Paula and Chad Stalker

  23. Rosemary Bagley says:

    To Lou and Tim,

    I didn’t know Kim very well, just enough to say “Good Morning” and to make a passing comment about the weather. I do remember, however, that she was always pleasant with her reply, always a smile on her face. The MCC community has lost a gem, but I dare say her memory will shine on in her students. My most sincere condolences to you, as you find your way through the following days. May the peace of Our Lord be with you.

    Rosemary Bagley
    MCC Dept. of Dental Hygiene

  24. Tanya Felix says:

    To the Forte Family,

    I am very sorry for the loss of Porfessor Forte. She was my teacher in 2009 in the Dental Program. I remember walking into class the first day back from the semester hearing my mother had cancer and Professor Forte gave me that shoulder to lean on. My mother was not there to help me and give me the motivation but Kim was. I will never forget everything she did for me. She was an amazing person with a beautiful soul…She truly is an angel.

    May your memories remain in your heart and help you through this sad time.

    God Bless
    Tanya Felix

  25. Sue Waddick says:

    Louie, Tim and Family,
    I came across an Irish Poem that puts into words what I can not.

    When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still.
    What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness.
    A longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch.
    We may not understand why you left this earth so soon,
    or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye,
    but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died,
    but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
    We will see you again some day, in a heavenly place where there is no parting.
    A place where there is no words that mean good-bye.

    With Heartfelt sympathy,
    Sue Waddick and Family

  26. Denise Marchionda says:

    Kim was a bright light at Middlesex Community College! She loved teaching and her enthusiasm was contagious. We worked together only a couple of times, but in those brief meetings, we had a lot of laughs together. I am glad that I got to cross paths with her. She will truly be missed.
    Timothy, you were always in your mom’s thoughts, she spoke of you often, and she loved you very much!

    Sincerest sympathy,
    Denise Marchionda (MCC Bedford – English Department)

  27. Jen Mason says:

    Our deepest sympathy is with your family. Kim was a wonderful person..a ray of light…walked with confidence…a ONE of a kind. I will miss her dearly and while I leave my house @ Salem St to drive, walk or run down Cunningham to Faulkner to Main will miss seeing her everyday. We had many many conversations over the past 4 years I’ve got to know her @ RMA and just out and about in town. She was an inspiration to me and I will never forget her eyes and smile. I remember one day she had seen me after a few months of not seeing me and her eyes lite up because I had lost more weight. She was astounded and her smile and eyes were so bright and happy for me. This is how I will always remember her. She always recognized the good things in life. RIP Kim.

  28. Lisa Kennedy-Cox says:

    Lou and family,

    I remember meeting Kim for the first time in the early 1980’s at my dentist’s office, and was then so impressed with her kind spirit. Since then, I have had the pleasure of seeing her walking and waving to her and her waving back to me with that beautiful smile. I had the pleasure of talking with her over the past year as I walk my dog by your house every day marvelling at what a beautiful home and yard that I am certain she had a major part of creating. My husband Doug and I were amazed at her strength and commitment as we saw her walking every day, often with you and Harry. She often attended the cardio kick-boxing class Doug went to at RMA. She was truly and inspiration and an amazing expression of strength and kindness.

    Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family, and we pray daily for your comfort and peace with the knowledge that you will all one day be reunited with her beautiful soul.

    Lisa and Douglas Cox

  29. Karen Tarquinio says:

    Dear Lou and Family,
    There are no words to express this unimaginable loss. Kim was a beautiful person and always had a nice word to say about everyone. Her smile will shine the light in heaven and light up the brightest star in the sky to shine down on all of you at night. God has an amazing angel in heaven.

    My sincerest sympathies, Love Karen

  30. Mary Kiesinger says:

    Dear Lou, Tim, and family,

    Words can’t begin to express my deepest sadness at the loss of Kim. She was my walking companion on many ocassions and we talked endlessly about the love she had for you, Lou, Tim, and her family. She was truly a marvelous person with so much love and compassion for everyone and everthing. I was blessed to have known and had such a great friend and will miss her dearly. Kim was and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. Any one who knew her couldn’t help but love her.

    With love and our deepest sympathy,

    Mary Kiesinger and Family

  31. Donna Schipani says:

    Lou and Tim,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. I am not sure if you remember me, but I danced with Kim for 15 years at Eleanor Rubino’s in East Boston. Kim and I were great friends. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your son. I will pray for you both that you have the strength and courage to go on and just remember, I think Kim is where everyone is Happy and Dancing and probably riding bikes, and walking in the Park.
    With Sympathy
    Donna Schipani

  32. Stacie Murphy says:

    I can’t stop thinking about Kim, I didn’t know her very well but she was once my Dentist’s assistant and she was just the nicest, kindest person I have ever met. Seeing her walking around town, always with a big smile and a wave. Wilmington just lost another Star. God Bless you Lou & Tim during this difficult time.

  33. Patty & Rose D'Amore says:

    Dear Lou, Tim and family,

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You will all be in our prayers.

    Patty and Rose

  34. Ronnie Ginsberg Ventura says:

    Kim was one of the most positive, upbeat, happy people I have ever known. She will be missed and remembered always. Though I know it provides little comfort, Tim, know how proud she was of you, and Louis, know how much she treasured your times together and how special you made her feel. RMA will be a sadder and lonelier place without her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With sympathy and love, Ronnie

  35. lisa stira says:

    to the forte family, our hearts go out to you in this most dreadful time. my daughter jessica and i met kim and then tim at RMA and then again throughout the years at school events and aound town walking and of course smiling!she will always be an inspiration to those who were lucky enough to have known her. i wrote a poem a few years ago after a long time ,close friend died of cancer, his personality and demeanor were the same as kim’s. i would like to share it with you……

    you were different form all the other,truly one of a kind
    generous and charming, always on our mind
    humorous and fun, optimistic thats true
    helpful and loyal with sparkling eyes of blue
    the love and friendship you offered was a treasured gift
    now that you are gone we are all set adrift
    we have gone past our sad nearly drowning in grief
    drifting in no-mans land of dismay and disbelief
    we knew you were special right from the start
    you were a true friend leaving footprints on our hearts

  36. The Joyce's says:

    To the Forte Family, May you find comfort in knowing that Kim was such a loved person not only in the Town of Wilmington but all over. We did not know Kim but we also, saw her in her daily travels through the town and will surely miss her.

  37. Wanda Freytes and Family says:

    Louie and Tim

    We are all truly sorry to hear about your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless
    Wanda Freytes and Family

  38. Wendy Cohen says:

    Dear Forte Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Kim’s death. We didn’t know Kim personally, but our son Michael has a friendship with Tim. Our sincere condolences to your family. Love and prayers to you.

    The Cohen Family Wendy, Jeffrey, Michael and Matthew

  39. Hayat Weiss says:

    Kim was a colleague of mine. I did not know her well but I know that she was a wonderful teacher and that her students loved her.
    I offer my deepest sympathy to her family and friends and to her students.
    Hayat Weiss
    Math department
    Middlesex Community College

  40. Marcia & Louis Schleier says:

    Lou and Tim
    I am sorry for your tragic loss. I spoke with Kim a few times, but I have always admired her dedication and fitness. I remember crossing paths on glen road while you and Kim walked the dog and I walked the dog with my daughter. We will miss her vibrant energy. May God give you strength in this difficult time.

    Louis and Marcia

  41. Lauri M says:

    To the Fiore Family,
    I did not have the pleasure of knowing Kim but did on many occassions over the years have the pleasure of her smile and her hellos as I walked my children in their strollers. She was known to me as “The walking lady” I was shocked to hear the news of her passing and send my deepest sincerest condolences to her family.

  42. Patricia A. Elder says:

    Dear Forte Family,
    My heartfelt condolences for your loss. I used to Jazzercise with Kim. Her smile and love of life will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May you rest in peace Kim.
    Patricia A. Elder

  43. Frank and Claire D'Entremont says:

    Dear Forte Family,
    We cannot tell you how sad we feel for your loss. She was
    the sweetest and nicest person anyone could know. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and always. Know you will have a ally in heaven watching over you.
    Frank and Claire

  44. Maryann, Phil & Family says:

    Dear Lou and Tim,
    Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to you and your family. Kim was truly a wonderful woman, a ray of sunhine in the lives that she touched. May you find comfort in God and those around you as you go through the days and weeks ahead. Your memories will help sustain you and eventually when you think of Kim you will do it with smiles and laughter instead of tears.
    Love & Peace,
    Maryann, Phil and Family

  45. Jacque & Garret says:

    Kim was a beautiful gift to everyone who had the pleasure to meet her. God has an amazing angel and her loved ones a very special guardian. Her beautiful spirit and contagious energy will be forever missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lou and Tim….your neighbors on Faulkner ave, Jacque & Garret

  46. Grace says:

    Lou and Tim,

    Kim was undoubtedly a blessing to us from God. Through her witness, we saw and felt God’s mercy, grace, and love for us. This remembrance will consume our pain during this difficult time. Memories of Kim will live on and God will use them to mend our aching hearts.

    Rest in His love,


  47. Janet Mahoney says:

    Our paths crossed as our sons went through school, during CCD, and of course on the streets of Wilmington. Your happy family was part of the Wilmington landscape – Kim & Lou; Kim & Lou & Timmy on his bike; Kim & Lou & the puppy. Kim always had her smile on!
    We wish you peace,
    Janet Mahoney & Sean Mahoney

  48. Maryanne P says:

    Although I have never met Kim or her family I can’t stop thinking about her. Ijust want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful person. I wish I did have the pleasure of knowing her. I have been praying for her and her family and hope that your wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time.

  49. Edwina and Gary says:

    We didn’t know Kim personally but we knew her as an inspiration. We saw her walking, biking, in all kinds of weather and all over town. We can’t stop thinking about her and we never will. We hope that you and your family will find some peace and find comfort in all your wonderful memories. Stay strong.

  50. Judy Kincaid says:

    Dear Lou & Tim,
    There are no words to express my sincere sorrow for your loss. Having known you all from Woburn St. School days, I know how devoted you were to each other. My prayers are with you.

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