Nicholas Anthony Foran, a.k.a. Uncle Nick, made his way home Thursday evening April 25, 2013, into the arms of a host of family and friends. He departed this life with loved ones at his side and a full moon rising outside his open bedroom window. On his bedroom wall were photographs of his beloved wife, Doris; his brothers and sister, Mary; and his dog, Paddy. His soul took flight, serenaded by the sounds of spring peepers and tree frogs as nature and earth were reborn into spring.
Born on Oct. 20, 1922, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Ella (Fitzgerald) Foran. He was predeceased by his loving wife Doris (Rolocut Williams) Foran, with whom he shared 12 wonderful years. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Maurice, Donald, David, Thomas, Jim, and his sister, Mary who he said, " was smarter than the whole bunch of them put together!" Nick leaves a brother, Jack, and his wife, Pat, of Norfolk, Va., three sisters-in-law, Mary "Bette" Foran of Glastonbury, Mary Foran of Newport Richey, Fla., and Betty Andersen Foran of Farmington. He also leaves six very special nieces and nephews who he helped raise, James Foran, Eileen Moore, Jack Foran, Ann Mahoney, Margaret Fiori, and Bill Foran. He is survived by many other nieces, nephews, their children, and their children's children. He will remain fondly in their memories for times shared at "Uncle Nick's lake," Bashan Lake in Moodus, and countless other family gatherings. This lifelong confirmed bachelor turned the world upside down when at the age of 75 he left his beloved East Hartford and moved to Broad Brook to marry his childhood sweetheart, Doris (Rolocut) Williams. With their merger Nick's already large family multiplied. Nick and his new family embraced one another. He was rejuvenated. Once again he was full of purpose and the delight that comes from shared Sunday dinners, parties, holidays, babies, and all the joys of life. He is survived by his stepchildren and their families, Peter and Nancy Williams, Dr. John and Barbara Williams, Sharon Peck and Colleen Green. Nick had a special bond and place in his heart for all his grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all of Nick's health care providers, Dr. Barrak, hospice nurse, Lynn Andrews, Lydia, Vincent, and Maria. These wonderful people will move forward in their work providing comfort to other patients and their families. They were extremely professional, compassionate, and loving. The family will forever remember the care, love, and friendship that Nancy Beaulieu and Lisa Hebert provided to Uncle Nick. They truly loved him and he them.
As one can imagine a man of 90 has many life experiences, and interests. Nick worked at the Davis & Bradford lumber yard in East Hartford. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II
. He was a mechanic for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, retiring in 1979. He was a proud employee of Foran Bros. Contractors, he loved the work and the camaraderie, but didn't think much of the pay. Nick loved playing cards, duck pin bowling, candy, and orange juice. He had the utmost respect for the "smarter, stronger, life producing other sex" women. He was a Hillary fan! He came to his large family's need in times of crisis and the legacy of those acts will live on. Nick was loyal, a gentleman, a loving husband, uncle, grandfather, brother, and friend. His home and his heart were open to all those he loved. He believed in treating everyone fairly and with respect. He knew he was blessed in life, but "couldn't figure out why, but he was always lucky!"
For those who wish to honor our beloved Nick's memory do so by being exceptionally kind. You can never know what another person is going through. "Pay it forward." Reach out a helping hand and do a kindness for someone, a relative, a friend, anyone.
There are no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine Church in Broad Brook. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery.
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels has been entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.
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