Final school bell rings for a veteran educator - Sleep, peaceful sleep, came silently Saturday afternoon to one of the most beloved men that ever lived in the Grimsby district, in the person of John Henry Forman, beloved husband of Anna Eva Forman, and for 25 years Principal of Grimsby Public School.
A public school teacher for a half a century, a quarter of which he taught in Grimsby, 16 years in Hagersville, the rest of the time in other Ontario schools, he became a teacher of some note throughout the province. At teachers' conventions and get-togethers his word was highly respected as his knowledge of teaching principles was greatly regarded. Thus in time he became regarded as a veteran in the teaching profession and a Public School Principal of no small merit.
He came to Grimsby in 1908 and taught most successfully until 1933, thus completing 50 years in his well chosen profession. Not only was he highly regarded by the children that he had taught, but by the whole citizenry. This was substantiated in 1942 when Grimsby Lions Club awarded to him the First Good Citizenship Medal for his work down through the years among the residents of the district.
Mr.Forman was born in Washington, Ontario, on August 24th, 1865, a son of the Manse, being the son of the late Rev. Richard John and Mrs. Forman, and consequently was in his 82nd year. He was educated at the Hamilton and St. Catharines Normal Schools and the Toronto Model School.
In younger life he was active in recreational activities, engaging in lawn bowling, baseball, softball and badminton. Fraternally, he took an active part in Masonry and was a Past Master of Union Lodge No. 7, A.F. and A.M., Grimsby. In the municipal field, he had served as a member of Hagersville and Grimsby Library Boards for a combined total of 40 years.
In religion he was a member of Trinity United Church, Grimsby, with which he had been actively associated for many years.
Surviving are his widow, one son, J. Herbert, vice-president Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Hamilton; one daughter, Miss Myrtle, of the Toronto Library Board staff, Toronto; two brothers, Arthur of Toronto and Egerton in the State of Minnesota, and one sister, Mrs. Evelyn Eaton of Hamilton.
Floral tributes at the funeral services held from the Stonehouse Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon attested to the high regard in which he was held.
Services were conducted by Rev. W.J. Watt of Trinity United Church, who officiated at the Funeral Home and the graveside in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Casket bearers were six of his old school pupils, Earl J. Marsh, James Baker, Gordon Shafer, Robert C. Bourne, Wallace Kelterborn and Frederick Schwab.