ANGELICA - Donald R. Foreman died Thursday (June 30, 2005) at St.
James Mercy Hospital from complications from chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD).
Don was born in Hornell on Nov. 16, 1929, the son of Arthur Sr. and
Viola (Riopelle) Foreman.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, June (Wright) Foreman, and
three daughters, Ann (Ron) Noniewicz of Angelica, Kathryn (Keith)
Shafer of Belfast and Judy (Bill) Horton of Angelica; a brother,
Arthur Foreman of Arkport; two sisters-in-law, Rita Foreman and
Tinky Foreman of Hornell; 10 grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Don was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Kathryn Lawrence, and
a brother, John Foreman.
Don is a graduate of Hornell High School and will be remembered for
his abilities on the basketball court where he played with
distinction. After receiving a full scholarship to play basketball,
Don graduated from Canisius College as senior co-captain of the
Golden Griffs. Completing his master's degree at Alfred University,
Don and his family moved to Angelica in 1955.
In his first position at Angelica Central, Don was a beloved
business teacher and coach where he led the Red Raiders to two
Section V championship victories, one as a boys' coach in 1962 and
then with the girls in 1977. In his educational career, Don was a
guidance counselor for Angelica and Belfast Schools before moving
into administration as the supervising principal at Angelica
Central. Instrumental in opening the BOCES center in Belmont, he
later became assistant director and curriculum coordinator of the
center before retiring from education in 1985. Don will also be
remembered for his numerous activities outside of his educational
career: as a security guard at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, mayor of
Angelica, secretary of the Allegany County Athletic Association,
IAABO basketball official, youth league coach, OES Angelica Chapter
No. 231 and Melrose Lodge No. 0818 F&AM Angelica, as well as a
member in good standing of the Angelica United Methodist Church. Don
was inducted into the Hornell Sports Hall of Fame and Allegany
County Sports Hall of Fame and was just recently honored with the
Boardsmanship Award from the Allegany/Cattaraugus Counties School
Board Association as school board member of the year.
In recent years, Don was most visible as a member of the Boards of
Education of Genesee Valley CSD and the Allegany/Cattaraugus BOCES.
During his tenure he could be seen at most every school event with
his granddaughter Torie. His genuine concern, positive attitude,
friendly demeanor and years of wisdom combined with an active
interest in the operation of the school system made him a community
favorite and he will be missed.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Angelica United
Methodist Church, GVCS Sports Booster, Angelica Rescue Squad or the
Megan Sciotti Grand Piano fund.
To send a remembrance visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.