Richard Foreman, 65

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:00am

Richard (“Rick”) L. Foreman passed away on Friday, May 5, while tending to his gardens as he so loved to do. He was a vibrant and handsome 65 years old. 

Rick was born in Libertyville, Illinois on Feb. 27, 1952. He earned his BA degree from the University of Missouri. After a varied career that included real estate and global marketing that took him around the world — to the World Cup and the Olympics — Rick moved  to Block Island fulltime in 2001. Together with his partner of 43 years, and spouse, Jack Lefcourt, they restored their iconic Block Island home, Little Beaver, and created extraordinary gardens on their Beacon Hill property. Rick was the proprietor of Eylandt Antiques, which he opened in 2004, and was a sales associate at Offshore Properties. He also volunteered as a fundraiser for Block Island Health Services, assisted on special projects at the Historical Society, and prepared meals for the Lunch Bunch.

Rick was a lover of things old and new — renovator of old structures, dabbler in antiques, and collector of Block Island memorabilia, while also a creator and discoverer of new projects and interests. Rick had a sardonic wit and a ready, wry smile to match. He was loved by many and he treasured his wide-ranging menagerie of friends. Rick was an avid gardener, an accomplished chef, and a devoted father to his beloved dogs. He spread joy with his laughter and with gorgeous homegrown bouquets of flowers that he delighted in bestowing on his friends.

Rick is survived by his husband, Jack; stepchildren Nancy and Andrew; three grandchildren Lily, Nina, and Abby; two sisters, three nieces and one nephew. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Mary D. Fund. Services will be announced at a future time.