In Memoriam


Donald R. Foreman

(1929 - 2005)









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.

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