Jules M. Forman, 101

July 07, 2019

Jules M. Forman, 101, of Manheim, PA passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, July 7, 2019. He was the loving husband of D. Virginia Forman who passed away in 2005. He was also preceded in death by an elder sister, Beatrice, a younger brother, Allan, and two twin sisters who perished as infants. He had a strong faith in God, an amazing love of life, and a persistently positive attitude that helped him to overcome obstacles and inspire all who knew him.

Jules was born to immigrant parents, Samuel and Rose (Indes) Forman, in Newark, NJ in 1918. He was a child of the Great Depression and grew up with few material comforts. He also faced significant health challenges as a youngster. The hardships of his formative years forged a courageous and upbeat spirit that he carried throughout his life. Jules was a vocal advocate for good nutrition, healthy living, and hard work. Through his teen years he delivered newspapers and worked in his father’s candy store. He financed his engineering degree at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) through a variety of jobs, including conducting research for the Dept. of Agriculture and climbing trees to inspect for Dutch Elm disease. After graduating from Stevens, he taught engineering at the college until he was recruited by RCA. He was among the first dozen transferees to the new RCA plant in Lancaster, PA. It was in Lancaster, where he met his beloved wife Ginny with whom he shared more than 56 blissful years of marriage.

As an RCA research and development engineer for 42 years, Jules was especially proud to have been instrumental in the development of allied radar systems during WWII and for his pioneering work in the early days of color television. He served as chairperson of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers and headed several national technical committees on behalf of the electronics industry.

Despite his short stature, he was an outstanding lifelong athlete. He lettered four years in basketball and tennis at Stevens, played basketball in the RCA basketball league into his 50s, and enjoyed competitive tennis until age 89. He was active civically as well, serving on the Board of the Lancaster County Mental Health organization and as President of his AARP chapter. He was the oldest living member of the Grandview United Methodist Church.

Jules will be lovingly remembered and honored by his grateful family, including his children, Jean Kratz and husband Keith (Lancaster), Nancy Pletcher and husband Robert (Lititz), Gail Campbell (Manheim), and Glenn Forman and wife Leslee (Lititz) as well as his ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He will also be lovingly remembered by countless friends, many of whom called him ‘Grandpa.’

A Celebration of Life for Jules will begin at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 414 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, where the family will greet friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. A reception will follow the service.

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July 16, 2019

I am truly sorry for your loss. Jules use to come into Weavers Natural Foods and we all loved him. He will be missed. Prayers to the family.

July 14, 2019

So sorry of hearing the passing of your father. Are prayers and thoughts are we you and your family.   Love Always Danny Campbell and Family.

July 11, 2019

Nancy- What a treasure too have had your Dad in your lives for such a long time. I remember you saying at the luncheon that he was frustrated with not being able to see and do the things he loved doing, he’s free now to continue those now without the binds. 
So sorry for your loss
Wendy W Hershey

July 11, 2019

I was a Hospice volunteer last summer and fall, but had to stop when it got dark earlier.  I so enjoyed Jules and his family .  He was quite a man!  Please accept my sincere sympathy for your great loss.   Duane Diehm

July 11, 2019

It was impossible to not like Jules – he was always upbeat, friendly and had something to say about just about any topic. At 100 years old, his mind was sharper than most who were half his age.  I loved having him at family gatherings, and am glad that Matthew and Lauren (his great grandkids) were able to get to know him. Sad that he’s gone, but happy that he was able to spread such joy wherever he was. 
Cindy de Sales

July 10, 2019

So sorry to learn of your loss. I remember growing up in Grandview Church that Mr. Forman always had a smile on his face and a kind word. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda, Ed, John, and David Garboczi

July 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.  I remember Jules at Grandview years ago. I am sure he will be missed.
Kay Kneisley

July 10, 2019

When I think of Jules it’s always with a smile. He had so much love for his family and mankind in general. Truly an amazing man. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories fill your heart with joy, till you see Jules again. John 5:28  

July 09, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your loss.  How blessed you all were to have him in your lives as we were to have been able to hear his great stories his abundance of knowledge , especially the science behind hitting a softball . Loved it.  We are thinking and praying for you all.  Hugs and much love .  Eric, Cindy, Ali and Bryson Morton 

July 09, 2019

Glenn and Forman friends and family-
Sending you all my condolences on the death of Jules.  Obviously you can all celebrate the length and depth of his life….he leaves quite a legacy behind.
Warmest Regards,
The Kurt Wedel Family

July 09, 2019

To the Family of Jules Forman.
Sincere sympathy for your Great loss.
Glad to have met Jules and be involved in his care. 
His legacy for his family and friends and all who knew him will be treasured.
Pamela L. Graybill

July 09, 2019

A man who was a tribute to this world.  He made it and everyone around him better.
Gail Horrocks

July 09, 2019

My love and prayers go out for the family. Jules had such a love for life and a caring personality for all whom he met. He was very empathetic and caring when I lost my husband three years ago and would always ask how I was doing whenever I saw him, and he truly cared. He was very blessed to have such a wonderful family who took such good care of him till his last breath. Grandpa will always bring a smile to me when a memory passes my mind or I hear his name. What a wonderful man.
Patricia Shunk

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