Pat Forte suffered a setback this year around Easter with a relapse of thymic carcinoid, but has fought back courageously, sustained by his strong Christian faith, the prayers and support of his many friends, and excellent medical care at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.
Pat and Nico Forte with the Sartell Sabres hockey team after their spring yard clean-up at Pat’s home.
We thank God for sustaining Pat to spend another Christmas with Nico and giving him the health and strength to assist with coaching the Sartell Sabres Varsity hockey team.
Check back here and visit Pat’s Caring Bridge site for updates.
Pat Forte of Sartell-St. Stephen was named Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year for 2010 by the boys hockey coaches’ association.
Nico Forte, 11, Sartell, asks his dad, Pat, a question about an HO scale model train display Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the free model train show in Bernick’s Arena in Sartell. Forte loves trains and has his own set. He came to the show to get ideas for creating his own layout. (Photo credit: Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times)
By Ben Katzner
St. Cloud Times
June 11, 2012
SARTELL — One of the last events of Sartell’s SummerFest was the model train show at Bernick’s Arena. …
At first glance the show seemed to be about aficionados and their models, but a closer looked revealed the event’s true duties. It was more than just trains; it was about enthralling a new generation of train lovers, too. …
For 11-year-old Nico Forte and his father, Pat, no matter how large the set it’s the little things that keep their attention.
“The amount of detail is really cool,” an excited Nico Forte said. “And I like that they’re professional here and I can ask them a question and they’ll answer it.” …
The youthful exuberance seemed to be contagious as many adults had smiles, too.
“The best part is spending time with my son,” Pat Forte said. “It’s great because this is his passion and it’s fun for me to see him enjoy something and really get into it and kind of nurture his passions.”
FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — December 27, 2008
Pat Forte with his son Nico
(Photo: University of Minnesota Foundation)
Pat Forte’s CaringBridge site
One-year retrospective: One year ago today, I highlighted Pat Forte’s achievements as Sartell hockey coach while battling life-threatening thymic carcinoid.
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