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Barry Forman

Barry G. Forman

Wednesday, March 1st, 1933 - Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

CLIFTON PARK Barry G. Forman, 87 son of Solomon and Evelyn Forman and husband of departed Joan L. Forman died peacefully on April 3, 2020 after a short illness with Covid 19.

He is survived by his three children Seth M. Forman (Bennett) Sharon H. Forman (Lucille) Laura M. Forman (Joe) and his granddaughter Elena N. Forman and 3 great grandchildren, Michelle, Madison and Marielle. Barry was born on March 1, 1933 and raised in the Midwood Section of Brooklyn, NY. He is the only son of the late Solomon and Evelyn Forman. He grew up with cousins and was close to his Uncle Fred and maternal grandmother the late Martha Newton.

He grew up playing ball and riding his bike to Coney Island. He graduated from James Madison High School, earned an Associates degree in construction and drafting from NYCCC. He served in the United States Airforce (Korea Era) as an Aircraft Flight Mechanic and Instructor. Barry lived around the block from his best friend Joan who became his wife of 51 years. Barry moved his young family from Brooklyn in1966 to Schenectady NY to take a job with Shell Oil Company. This began a new life in upstate NY where he and Joan settled and remained. In 1970 he went into the petroleum equipment business as co-owner of Valley Equipment Company Inc. which was a successful petroleum sales, service and installation business. In 1971 he moved to Ballston Lake, NY and raised his family in Country Knolls. He and Joan were one of the founding families of Congregation Beth Shalom of Clifton Park, NY. He served as president in the founding years. He enjoyed boating on Lake George with family and friends, island hopping and taking his kids and their friends water skiing. He enjoyed hanging out with neighbors, taking care of the yard, traveling, watching football, and in later years socializing in his townhouse community and the Clifton Park Senior Center. He is a diehard Giants fan, loved Nascar and was particularly happy with the outcome of this year’s Super Bowl. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf together and were members of the Edison club for many years. He retired early and spent time between Clifton Park and his home on Hilton Head Island where he played golf daily. He loved being with his grandchild and taught her how to swing a golf club and ride a bike. He served on community boards, taught defensive driving courses, and volunteered for the past 10 years every Saturday at Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville where he will be buried with his wife Joan.

Barry is a loyal friend, a committed father, loves being with his children, grandchild and great grandchildren. He has been a part of a veterans group for the last 18 years which meets weekly for coffee and socializing. He cares deeply for his buddies and this group has been a vital part of his life and well being.

A private burial will be held on April 7, 2020.

Donations to Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871.
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    Location
    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    Address
    200 Duell Rd
    SCHUYLERVILLE, NY 12871
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Affiliations

  • Air Force
  • Jewish Star
  • NASCAR
  • NY Giants

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Vicki Pompa

Posted at 04:19pm
In January of 2017, Barry and I lunched at he Edison Club while I interviewed him for our newsletter – The Pointe. He joined me for editing and revisions several times until he was satisfied. He contributed much to our Grooms pointe Community and will not be forgotten.
Vicki Pompa
I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. – Fred Rogers

Barry Forman, 18 Grooms Pointe Drive

We know Barry Forman as a former member of our GPHA Board of Trustees and as the “Bug Man.” Each spring, Barry arranges an annual group discount from Olympic Pest Control, and this community-minded neighbor has begun researching discounts for additional services!

Barry was born and raised in Brooklyn and attributes his maturation into the person he is today to the Air Force. While some of his peers served in Korea, Barry was in the Arctic with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and SAC (Strategic Air Command). He was assigned duties that taught him discipline, allowed him to take charge making his own decisions, and to find better ways to do his job. He learned to be self-sufficient. However, his independent thinking was not embraced when he transferred to the Texas Air Training Command, where he was arrested for wearing short-sleeved fatigues. He had trimmed the sleeves for those summer days in the Arctic. If you see Barry on the street, ask him about his experience with the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Barry’s wife Joan insisted that if they were to marry, he must leave the Air Force as she would not become “a military wife.” Barry met Joan in school when he was a traffic guard. Joan’s dad would jaywalk her across the street, and Barry would report it. After years of “never dating for any length of time,” the only people who were surprised at their decision to marry were Joan and Barry. Together they adopted 3 children who are now adults: Seth, an artist living in Brooklyn and teaching in White Plains and at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan; Sharon a clinical social worker living in Tappan, NY; and Laura, a middle school art teacher in the Bethlehem district. Barry has one granddaughter and two great granddaughters.

Barry and Joan moved several times before settling in this area. In one year in Washington, DC, Barry tried nine different jobs before returning to Brooklyn. He worked as a construction engineer with the NYC Transit Authority, and finally settled into a management position with Shell Oil that brought him upstate. He later left to join a partnership in a petroleum equipment firm. He was a member of The Petroleum Equipment Institute, a world-wide organization, and served as Director of the Northeast Region. After retiring, he and Joan sold their homes in Country Knolls and Hilton Head and moved to a maintenance-free home here in Grooms Pointe. “This is a great place with great neighbors!”

Military connections remain part of Barry’s routines. He meets with a group of WWII, Viet Nam, and Korean War veterans every week at Dunkin’ Donuts to share health updates, restaurant reviews, and freebies for veterans. Every Saturday Barry volunteers at the National Cemetery Information Center where he watches over the many former Grooms Pointe residents who are there including: Charlie Chew, Tom Ortel, Joan Forman, Margaret Maloney, Jim Trainor, Mary Brady, Ed Agan, Frank Vinci, and the other 15,000 veterans resting there.

Recovery from hip replacement has limited Barry’s participation in golf, but he is proud to be a “statistic.” He has survived hip replacement, colon cancer, melanoma, kidney removal, knee replacement, and cataract surgery. In recent years he has become a reader, enjoying series novels by John Sanford and Vince Flynn. His goal is to be on a Smucker’s label celebrating his 100th birthday. He is passionate about being “active, available, and as free as the wind.” He’d like us to know that he’s usually around if anybody needs anything.

 
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Sharon Forman Posted at 01:52pm

This is a very detailed account of our fathers life. We are so glad you posted this. It adds much dimension to our dads life. To know he shared his stories with others in such a way makes us very happy. We are sad he will not get to make it into the snickers jar but I might just print my own label and put him on myself.
MW

Mike and Harriette Weitzman

Posted at 10:34pm
Barry was a special friend and wonderful human being. We were fortunate to have Joan and Barry in our lives, and to have shared many good times together. In particular, our winter vacations in Montreal produced many happy memories. Barry loved his family and was so proud of their accomplishments. Rest In Peace with your beloved Joan.
 
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Sharon Forman Posted at 01:52pm

Thankyou mike and Harriett
LK

Lisa (Roche) Kuprian

Posted at 03:30pm
Mr. Forman was a fine gentleman. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.
 
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Sharon Forman Posted at 01:53pm

Thankyou.
DJ

Debi & Steve Jackson

Posted at 03:12pm
Barry was a true gentleman and a great friend. He was a warm person who never had an unkind word for anyone. He was also a heck of a golfer who was a pleasure to spend time with on the golf course. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends who will miss him dearly. We hope you are comforted by your many wonderful memories of Barry.
 
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Sharon Forman Posted at 01:53pm

Thankyou so much.
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