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James A. Foreman

December 28, 1943 August 29, 2019
James A. Foreman
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Obituary for James A. Foreman

James 'Jim' A. Foreman of Sterling Heights, Michigan, died peacefully at his home in the care of his family early Thursday morning, August 29, 2019. He was 75 years old. Jim was born December 28, 1943 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to parents Lynn and Helen Foreman.

Being born and raised in Wisconsin, Jim was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and loved them so much, he bought the team (well, 1 share, anyway). He was thrilled to attend a playoff game at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field with his son and daughter in 2014.

In 1961 he graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in Delavan, Wisconsin. He later received a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His career took him from Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri, and later to Detroit, Michigan. He worked his way up at Chrysler for 35 years, becoming an automotive manufacturing executive, retiring as the Body Center/Manufacturing Engineering Manager at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. After retiring from Chrysler, he enjoyed spending time as a consultant, which took him around the world, even living in the UK for a few months.

In addition to his illustrious career, Jim had many hobbies and interests. He took great pride in everything he did - loading the dishwasher "correctly," maintaining his vehicles and homes, and making whatever he was working on the very best it could be. He loved to be busy and was always doing something or going somewhere. He will be greatly missed.

He loved motorsports from an early age, and participated in various ways - as a spectator, an engineer, and a driver - most of his life. He actively participated for the last 40 years; as crew chief for his son's go-karting career, and later as an SCCA driver and engineer.

Jim recently received his student pilot's license after 3 years of lessons, which was a lifelong goal of his.

He was a voracious reader, and enjoyed fiction, philosophy, science, and all things automotive. Jim loved old time rock 'n roll, especially Bob Seger, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and anything you can dance to. He was known for his love of cowboy boots, whether they were allowed by the dress code at work, or not. He also enjoyed watching and playing tennis.

Jim is survived by his loving children, Amber (Lyndon) King of South Lyon and A.J. (Sandra) Foreman of Vancouver, Washington, as well as four grandchildren, Alexandra, Anwyn, Catriona, and Ariana. He is also survived by his companion, Charlotte Cornell. James is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Vicki.

A memorial gathering with be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14 and 15 Mile Roads) on Wednesday, September 4th from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vicki L. Foreman Endowment for Cancer Education through the Beaumont Health Foundation, which Jim established in 2004, following the passing of his wife.


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