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Eugene “Cy” Forman
Kill Devil Hills –Eugene “Cy” Forman of Morristown, NJ and Kill Devil Hills, NC passed away on May 26th. He enjoyed a full life of family, sports, stories and love. He was a member of the Morristown High School Class of 1957, and attended Seton Hall University before earning his BS from Fairleigh Dickenson. He owned and operated Cy’s Brakes, the family business, for over 25 years before retiring to the Outer Banks in 1994.
Gene’s voice was often heard announcing local high school sports for WMTR Radio in Morristown. He also proudly brought his broadcasting talents to a number of locker room interviews with the New York Giants. He remained on the air in the Outer Banks, announcing high school basketball games for Carolina 92-WNHW. Even after his retirement, he returned to Morristown annually to announce the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was a brotherhood of friends he enjoyed for many years.
His love of sports—and golf in particular– began as a twelve-year-old caddie at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown. Over the years, he won honors in multiple golf tournaments. His regular participation in the Dope Open Golf Classic, which is the most successful and longest-running charity golf event in New Jersey, earned him the tournament’s “Man of the Year” title in 1979. On the Outer Banks, he joined the Duck Woods Country Club and worked at Teed Off Golf shop, offering golf pointers to all who inquired. Gene was a member of NJSIAA and the IAABO basketball organizations and officiated games for high school and colleges throughout NJ.
He was active in both the Morristown and Outer Banks communities. He dedicated over 50 years of service as a volunteer fireman, first in Morristown with the Humanes Fire Department then at the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department. Gene also loved deep-sea fishing and was an enthusiastic member of the angler community on the Outer Banks, enjoying many a weekend fishing trip with his buddies from TW’s and Whitney’s Bait and Tackle shops. He also spoke fondly of how inspired and fulfilled he was by his work as a driver for the Dare County Transportation service, which provides shuttle pick-up for OBX communities.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Gail Gannon Forman; son Seymour Forman, and his wife Doreen of Long Valley, NJ; son, Mark Forman and his wife, Annemarie of Morristown, NJ; daughter, Abbie Forman and her significant other Ken Manzi of North Smithfield, RI; and son, Terry Forman and his wife Dalit of Randolph, NJ. and by the seven beloved grandchildren who he lived for and bragged incessantly about to everyone he knew: Dylan, Jessica, Lauren, Jared, Mollie, Julia, and Katie Forman. He is also survived by his sister, Suzan Gaynes and her husband Phil,and a large extended family. Eugene was preceded in death by his brother Allen and Eleanore Forman. He will be remembered fondly and sorely missed by all—including his cherished canine companion, “Cookie Doe”.
In lieu of flowers, Gene’s family encourages donations to be made to the American Heart Association.
A celebration of his life will be held on June 26, 2015 at 11am at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC.
Condolences to the family many be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.