Allen Sanford Forman
AGE: 85 • Point Harbor, NC
Mr. Allen Sanford "Al" Forman, age 85, of Point Harbor, NC, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, following a brief illness. Born in Morristown, NJ, on July 7, 1928, he was a son of the late Seymour and Mollie R. Forman. Al attended elementary schools in Morristown, and he graduated from Morristown High School in 1945. He was employed by Fawcett Publications, Inc. of New York City and later M. Epstein, Inc. of Morristown, NJ until his enlistment in the United States Navy
in October of 1950, in which he served on active duty until his honorable discharge on August 4, 1954. His service included time on the USS Oriskany, CVA-34, with completion of his enlistment at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA. After attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, NJ for two years, Al commenced a professional umpiring career in January of 1956 by attending the Al Somers Umpire Training School in Daytona Beach, FL. He worked in three minor leagues, two Caribbean winter leagues in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, and was then awarded a contract to become a National League Baseball Umpire in 1961. Upon the completion of his service with the National League, Al became a Special Sales Representative for the Seagram Distiller's Company in New York City, and at the same time umpired NCAA College Baseball games, during which he umpired 9 times at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, NE. In January of 1983, Al and his wife Eleanore moved to Kitty Hawk, NC, where for 15 years he owned and operated the Outer Banks Limousine Service, retiring in 1997. Following retirement, he officiated at local high school varsity volleyball matches, in Babe Ruth minor baseball leagues, and often shared his sports knowledge and umpiring experiences with various clubs and organizations as a guest speaker. An active member of the Rotary Club
, Al was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, which is bestowed to members who have given outstanding service to the organization and to their community. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Outer Banks YMCA, in which he had been an active advocate for its establishment in Nags Head many years ago. Local school children remember Al as their greatest fan, cheering from the sidelines at many sporting events. First Flight High School honored him by placing a plaque reading "FAN OF THE YEAR" reserving him a permanent seat on the bench.
He is survived by his brother, Eugene L. Forman of Kill Devil Hills, NC; his sister, Suzan Gaynes of Weston, CT; his step-daughter, Nancy Linsley of The Villages, FL; four nephews; and one niece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore C. Forman, who died December 2, 2005.
A celebration of Al's life will be held at a later date in Kitty Hawk, NC. You may share your memories and condolences with the Forman family by visiting www.themulkeyfuneralhome.com
. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the General Fund of the Outer Banks YMCA, 3000 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959. The Mulkey Funeral Home, 516 Virginia Road, Edenton, NC 27932, is in charge of the arrangements.