Letter to the Editor | Foreman cared about his craft

Letter to the Editor | Foreman cared about his craft

Dear News-Gazette friends and staff, I was saddened to learn of the untimely passing of our redoubtable John Foreman. He was a bright fellow who adored the values of the Fourth Estate.

His tireless and unstinting defense of press freedoms was something to be admired.

When John and I disagreed, it was always a disagreement centered around openness and built upon mutual respect.

In terms of ideas, he may have had some foes, but because of his willingness to listen, his enemies were few.

John showed tremendous patience with me. He wasn't always convinced that my ideas were valid, but he always was keen to keep an open mind.

I loved his innate skepticism. It made me try harder. I always left our meetings honored that he would take the time to meet with this scrappy, impulsive upstart. And having him in your corner meant you knew that your idea had legs and would be worth the time invested.

Some might say John might have had a gruff exterior, but I always found him to be kind and always a gentleman. He cared deeply for our community and believed in The News-Gazette's mission to be a local paper, and he worked tirelessly to make the N-G our paper of record.

John was a special soul. His deeds will live on, and that is the best testament to a life well-lived. He will be sorely missed. Thank you, John, for everything.

CODY SOKOLSKI

Chicago

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