John C. ‘Jack’ Foreman, 85

John C. “Jack” Foreman, 85, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Friday, Oct. 2, 1931, in Marianna, Ark., son of the late John and Christine (Eck) Foreman.

Foreman will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him as a gentleman and a gentle man. His handsome looks and his beautiful voice never failed to leave an impression on those who met him and those who remember him.

Foreman was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. He held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He taught speech and theater at the University of Arkansas, Washington University in St. Louis, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Marjorie Webster College in Washington. He was the company manager of National Players of Catholic University from 1962 to 1964.

Foreman moved to Lewes in the early 1970s and was the owner of several businesses, including The Old Shoe, The Lewes Emporium, John Ivy Shoes, Noah’s Lark and Just Looking Upscale Resale.

Foreman loved to cook. He loved to bring a beautiful, lovingly, carefully prepared meal to serve to people who were fortunate to have been a guest at his home. His love of classical music and the arts, primarily Caravaggio and Shakespeare, always guaranteed the listener an admiration for his appreciation of the wonder of man, best expressed by Hamlet when he said, “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty … action, how like an angel … in appreciation, how like a god.”

Foreman toured with the play “Hamlet” in 1964 for a full year. He played Horatio, Hamlet’s best friend. While Hamlet was dying, Horatio said these words to his dear friend, and now his family says the same to Foreman: “Now cracks a noble heart, good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

Foreman is survived by his beloved partner, David Ruffo, of Rehoboth Beach, with whom he shared 54 years of life; his sisters, Betty Easley of Hot Springs National Park, Ark., and Mary Niet and her husband, Bob, of Saint Louis, Mo.; and his two loyal and adored canine companions, Coco and Mickey.

All services were to be private, with a memorial celebration to be announced at a later date. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes, Del. Foreman and Ruffo always believed in rescuing their pets and suggest memorial donations to a local animal rescue. Condolences may be made sent online at