2016-03-30 / Front Page

Mets Remember One Of Their Own, Shannon Forde

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Video display at Citi Field in memory of Shannon Forde, Senior Director of New York Mets Media Relations Department who passed away at the age of 44 two weeks ago after a 22-year career with the Mets and following her three-and-a-half year battle against breast cancer.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESShannon Forde, Senior Director of Media for the New York Mets lost her battle with cancer two weeks ago and was remembered by the Mets with whom she worked for the last 22 years.

A graduate of St. John’s University who majored in Sports Information, Forde went to work with the Mets in their Media Relations department. Under the watchful tutelage of Jay Horwitz, who took her under his wing, she rose in the ranks to be the senior director working with media, players and fans.

Shannon leaves behind a husband John, and two young children, son Nicholas and daughter Kendal, after a three and a half year battle with breast cancer.

The Mets officially remembered Shannon with a well-attended memorial service at the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field where hundreds of friends, relatives and supporters gathered to give their last respects.

Speaker after speaker went to the podium to talk about their experiences with Shannon and how she influenced their lives.

Jay Horwitz, Vice President for Media Relations spoke with tears in his eyes about the first time he met Shannon 22 years ago, fresh out of St. John’s University and how she left a smile on the face of everyone she met.

David Wright spoke about his special relationship with Shannon Forde, including how she gave him moral support when he came to the Mets as a rookie in 2004.

He thanked her for her dating and marital advice and even suggested that he should have taken her advice about hitting, saying that he would be a much better batter if he did. Wright called Forde “selfless,” and complimented her for the support she gave to players throughout her stay with the Mets.

Speakers at the memorial service included Mets photographer Marc Levine, Sue Lucie, Danielle Parillo, Senior Director of External Affairs and Community Engagement, Jay Horwitz, Vice President of Media Relations and finally Shannon’s niece, Felicia Spinella.

Many familiar faces were in attendance. Vice President Jeff Wilpon, while he did not speak, was a major presence, as were Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, who is currently battling cancer himself, former Mets GM Omar Minaya, as well as former Manager Bobby Valentine and former third baseman Ed Charles.

Familiar faces of sports commentators from New York’s major stations were there, as well as New York Yankees Media Relations head Jason Zillo.

The New York Yankees, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Florida Marlins and the San Diego Padres sent floral wreaths in her memory to Citi Field.

The New York Mets created a more lasting public memorial placing an electronic sign outside Citi Field visible from the Whitestone Expressway leading to the Grand Central parkway. It reads “In Loving Memory of our Dear Colleague Shannon Forde.”

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