Car crash victims were lifelong friends

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Patrick J. Forde had just bought a home and planned to move in with his girlfriend when a tragic car crash claimed his life, a neighbor said.

The 25-year-old Canton resident was killed early Tuesday morning in Quincy, along with lifelong friend Paul P. Loring, 26, of Hyde Park.

“Everybody loved him,” said Janice Calderon, one of Forde’s neighbors at the Canton Village Condominiums on Will Drive, where he lived with his girlfriend Jennifer Deroma.

“He was real nice. Funny and friendly, and he loved sports,” Calderon said.

Another neighbor, Leslie McKenna, recalled how Forde took out her trash and carried her groceries upstairs to her apartment after she had surgery.

“He was a lovely, lovely young man,” McKenna said. “He helped a lot of people here.”

Deroma and members of Forde’s family, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Forde and Loring had attended the New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium Monday night. They were driving home at about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday when Loring, the driver, apparently lost control of his Lincoln LS and it went off Route 28, rolled over and struck a tree.

Loring was a Boston firefighter who was off duty at the time. He became a firefighter in 2006 and earlier served with the Army in the Iraq war, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

When the car hit the tree, it split in half, firefighters said. Both men were wearing seat belts and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened on a wooded stretch of Route 28 in Quincy between Chickatawbut Road in Milton and Interstate 93 in Randolph.

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