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Christopher William Foreman
September 17, 1947 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Christopher “Chris” William Foreman made his transition into the Light on Saturday evening July 29 during a tumultuous thunderstorm. Christopher was born September 17, 1947 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Martha Jane Fish Foreman and Victor Godfrey Foreman, both educators. Most of his childhood was spent in Bucks County, PA. He received an Associates degree in Electronics from Mercer Community College before receiving his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Salisbury State University in Maryland. He worked briefly at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. He often shared an experience while at Wallops of being able to tweak an algorithm that tracked jets to help them land more quickly. Some colleagues told him it couldn’t work, but he persisted and eventually succeeded. Later Christopher went on to Clemson University to pursue his Masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. The majority of his professional career was at Clemson: first as a mainframe programmer and then as the automation engineer for the University Building Access Control System. His “can-do” mindset and determination helped establish a system in the late ‘90s that is ahead of systems in many universities today. Those who worked with him enjoyed his warm spirit and insistence on meeting over quality lattes. Over the years many of his coworkers were pulled into his various mountain biking adventures. In addition to his parents, Christopher is predeceased by his brother, Peter Foreman. He is survived by his partner, Rebecca “Becky” LedBetter. As well as his brother Nick Foreman (Laurie); daughters: Lauren Devine (Jim) and Kelsey Foreman (Shane Griffith), brother Mark Foreman (Xiuhua); sons: Michael Foreman, Frank Foreman, Timothy Foreman (Martine) and Raymond Foreman, Sister-in-law Maggie Foreman sons: Brendan Foreman (Rachel), Bryan Foreman (Erika), and Bradley Foreman (Courtney) and 5 grand nieces and nephews. Christopher valued the teachings from various faiths but especially the focus on Peace and Social Justice embraced by the Quaker tradition. Christopher found happiness in rescuing and raising dogs throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed a good downhill on a mountain bike adventure, reading a good novel, ice cream, cake or apple pie, supporting the Mills River Farmers Market, being part of a community and especially having a lively conversation with a good friend over an excellent cup of coffee. A pillow with this quotation sat on his couch - “All you need is Love and a Dog.” Holy Stars–He will be missed. The family would like to offer heartfelt gratitude to the CarePartners Transylvania County Hospice Team especially Nurses Kayla and Diane, Counselor Amanda as well as the Carepartners Hospice Solace Center Team. The compassionate attention to Christopher’s care was exceptional. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday September 9, 2023 at 3:30pm Asheville Friends Meeting House (Quakers) 227 Edgewood Road Asheville, NC 28804 ** For those attending the Celebration of Life service Christopher requested that, if you’d like, please bring a short passage or quote from your favorite piece of fiction to share in celebration of the extraordinary effect fiction has on our human condition. ** Interment will be held at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, NC. In lieu of flowers - Memorials may be made to: Blue Ridge Humane Society: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/ Mills River Farmers Market : Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Asheville Friends Meeting (Quakers) : https://ashevillefriends.org/