Tributes have been paid to the very popular, well-respected businessman, community champion and lifelong sports fan Barrie Foreman who sadly died last weekend.
His sudden death has shocked the community and the Driffield & Wolds Weekly has been given some touching tributes to a man everyone loved.
Barrie, 69, who ran J.H Foreman Garages in Hutton Cranswick, was a pillar of the community, supporting and sponsoring a host of local events.
His sponsorship helped the fives & threes league, while the huge Hull City fan has also been the main sponsor of Driffield Town Cricket Club’s annual sportsman’s dinner for many years.
His son Richard paid tribute to his dad. He told the Wolds Weekly: “Dad had two huge passions in life – his work and his beloved Hull City. He lived and breathed football and in particular Hull City.
“He loved all sports and was a massive sports fan all of his life. He used to play football when he was younger and then he had a brief stint as a referee but that didn’t last too long because he kept trying to kick the ball!
“He loved his involvement with the sportsman’s dinner and it always made him really happy to get involved with community events and sponsorship.
“He would often give the showroom over to community events and he never stopped giving. He was always happy making other people happy.
“Dad was also a very big family man and we have a big family. He worshipped his five grandchildren – Macy, Leah, Connie, Freddy and Daisy.
“He was a huge personality in the village and a pillar of the local community. He would always do whatever he could to support local events and was generous to a fault – he will be very sadly missed.”
One of Barrie’s great friends, Barry Greenlaw, couldn’t have spoken higher of the Hull City fan. He said: “He was a very down to earth man, who called a spade a spade, and was a very generous person in lots of ways.
“He always supported local events, including many sports, such as football and bowls in Langtoft and Hutton Cranswick, while he was a huge supporter of our sportsman’s dinner, sponsoring our speaker and always filling two tables, as he had done for many years.
“He loved his sport and was a big Hull City supporter and one of his last memories of them would be going back to Wembley to watch them beat Sheffield Wednesday.
“But he was also a very big family man, always putting them first and he had so much time for them, especially the grandchildren.
“In the village he did a lot, and for many years he did the Santa run handing presents out to the children.
“Barrie was a one-off. Everyone knew him and not just for his generosity but he was a very honest and well-respected man who will be greatly missed.”
Mick Drury, chairman of Driffield Town Cricket Club, said: “He was a really good bloke and I often used to go to watch Hull City with him when he had a spare ticket. He would always drive to games and take a full car of people with him.
“He’s done loads for our club without making a song and dance about it. He’s helped out no end of local sports clubs and associations as well as nonsporting events that he would host in the showroom.”
Treasurer of Driffield Town Cricket Club and organiser of the annual sportsman’s dinner, Andrew Good, added: “Barrie sponsored the main speaker at our sportsman’s dinner for many years as well as supporting the golf day and he would always enter a team in the club’s have-a-go competition.
“Anytime an event cropped up, Barrie would support us be it financially or by entering a team. He was a great supporter of the club and just an all-round good egg.”
Recently, his garage in Hutton Cranswick hosted a party for the Queen’s 90th birthday, while earlier in the year he made sure the village’s fair on the green went ahead, despite the terrible weather, emptying his showroom so the event could be hosted and not cancelled.
Barrie also played a part in helping your local paper get off the ground with his kind sponsorship, something the Wolds Weekly are very grateful for.
- Barrie’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 22nd June at St Peter’s Church, Hutton Cranswick.
His business J.H Foreman Ltd will continue to trade as normal.