Sidney Forman

August 1, 1913 - August 19, 2008

08/01/1913 - 08/19/2008

Sidney Forman
CHESAPEAKE- Sidney Sid Forman, 95, stood his final roll call with the Supreme Commander-In- Chief on August 19, 2008.
Sidney Forman was born in Brooklyn Brownsville, NY to Samuel and Ida Forman in 1913. He was one of three brothers who included Abraham and Morris. Sid attended school in New York and worked as a Cobbler/Shoe Maker until he enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1939. Sid served in the Coast Artillery, which brought him to the Tidewater area just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Sid and his fellow soldiers’ job were to set up anti – aircraft gun positions to protect the vital port of Hampton Roads.
Sid met his future wife, Pearl Decker at the USO in Norfolk. Pearl was a hostess at the USO and she took him home to meet her parents. Pearl’s mother, Jennie cooked a big steak for Sid with all the trimmings and Sid was hooked! With meat rationing in effect, you can imagine how lucky he felt! He would never get a steak like that in the Army!
Sid was reassigned to the Field Artillery and sent overseas to North Africa in 1942. After North Africa, he participated in the landings in Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. When Germany surrendered in 1945, Sid was scheduled to be sent to the Pacific to continue the fight against the Japanese, but told his Commanding Officer, that although he loved the Army and wanted to make it a career, he wanted to get home to marry his beloved Pearl.
Sid and Pearl were married in Norfolk, VA, in 1945 and made Norfolk their lifelong home.
Sid and Pearl worked in retail with Pearl’s father, Ben in the old City Market in downtown Norfolk. After the City Market closed Sid worked with various grocery chains in the Tidewater area until he went to work for the Federal Government. Sid worked for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Norfolk, as an Engineering Technician for over twenty years. He and Pearl traveled around the US and “snowbirded” in Florida each year.
Sid’s hobbies included reading, saltwater fishing, watching baseball and football. Sid was an avid Redskins fan.
Sid is survived by his wife pearl of Sixty-two years and two sons, Edward A. Ed Forman of Virginia Beach and Jeffrey M. Forman and his wife Pat of Chesapeake.
Sid will be buried in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. with military honors. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Greenwich Road chapel, Virginia Beach will be handling arrangements. Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman , Ohef Sholem Temple, Norfolk will be conducting the graveside service. The family will sit Shiva at Ed Forman’s house, 5868 Echingham Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23464.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Atlantic Shores, Seaside Health Facility, and Heartland Hospice, Virginia Beach for their outstanding assistance in caring for Sid.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sid’s name be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, P.O. Box 1940, Norfolk, VA. 23501 or the Virginia Beach SPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA. 23452. Sid was liked by all whom he met during his journey in life.

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Jimmy Flanary K4GV
8 years ago

I never was fortunate enough to meet Sid. But, if he was anything like his Son Ed, he was surely a fine man. I am absolutely sure that he is in a much better place now. He will be reunited again one day with all of his family.

To Sid’s family, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences. The world was a better place while Sid was with us.

Art Stafford and Family
8 years ago

What a wonderful Husband, Father and Patriot! It was my privilege to have known Mr. and Mrs. Forman and have their son, Ed, as a true friend over the years. I could see from where Ed received much of his fine character. Mr. Forman will be truly missed but always in our hearts. I know that God our Father will be taking good care of Sidney in heaven. Much, much love and sympathy from Art, Liz, Emily and Barbara