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WILLIAM “BILL” JOSEPH FORAN, JR.

William “Bill” J. Foran, Jr., 75, of Savannah, passed away peacefully the morning of October 27, 2022, at home in Savannah, with his loving and devoted wife, Linda, by his side. He was born February 26, 1947, in Savannah, son of the late William “Billy” J. Foran Sr. and Eileen Chapman Foran. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, Saint Michael’s Catholic School (Tybee), and Benedictine Military School, class of 1965. He was a Specialist 5 U.S. Army Medic from 1969-1972, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, and received an Honorable Discharge.

He received a MA Biology degree from St. Bernard’s College in Cullman, AL 1969, as well as a MS Natural Science/Biology degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan 1976. Bill spent his career teaching 10th grade Biology and 11th grade Coastal Ecology at Savannah High School from 1977-2005. He was loved and respected by his fellow teachers, administrators and his many students. He had a unique gift of communication and a wealth of knowledge on multiple subjects.

Everyone who knew Bill knew that he was a man of sharp wit and great sense of humor. He lived at Tybee for many years and loved all things related to the beach and the water. He loved fishing, crabbing, swimming, walking on the beach, and collecting shells and shark teeth. He spent a great deal of time at the family dock house in Spanish Hammock and in his Boston Whaler exploring the creeks and waterways of Tybee and Little Tybee Islands. He took pride in his cooking skills, and always enjoyed cooking on the grill, and just being outside drinking a beer. He truly was a happy person and lived life to the fullest.

In 2010 Bill was diagnosed with ALS. Despite all the many challenges he faced over the past twelve years he accepted his illness with amazing strength and had no regrets. As his illness progressed, he entertained himself by watching and listening to music on YouTube. He said it had been a wild ride and he knew this was his last rodeo.

 Bill was a member of the Hibernian Society, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Knights of Columbus 631, and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Together for 29 years, Bill is survived by his wife, Linda Jackson Foran. Being his sole caretaker throughout his illness, Linda never left his side. He is also survived by his brother, Michael A. Foran (Patricia) and family, Brianna, Abby, Margaret, Michael Jr., Madeline, Lizzie, and Joseph; Earl A. Sellers (Katie) and grandsons, Jackson, Yancey, Robert, Matthew of Auburn, AL; Louis M. Sellers, Jr (Melissa), grandson, Joshua, of Douglasville, GA; brother-in-law, Alan W. Jackson (Patricia) and family, Patrick and Daniel of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister-in-law, Laura J. Smith and family, Natasha, Dorie, J.D., of Savannah; and his close friend, Pat Byrnes. Sisters: Catherine Hahn (Ed), Savannah, Eileen Hutton (Joseph), Norfolk, VA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank the ALS team, Ralph H. Johnson VA hospital in Charleston, Home Based Primary Care team VA Clinic in Savannah, Orvilla Home Health Agency (Jeff, Tessa, Deshonna, and Whitney), Hospice Savannah (Tricia and all the exceptional nurses), Enhabit Physical Therapist, THA Group Home Health Care, Coastal Home Care, Dr. Al Lord and the team of excellent Savannah doctors for their help and care they provided over the years; EMS and Fire Fighters for their compassion and assistance.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association of Georgia, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Legion, Tybee or Abilities Unlimited, Savannah. A celebration of Bill’s life will be

Saturday, November 12th from 4:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. at Gamble Funeral Service. Full Military Honors will be rendered.

Online Condolences

  1. Molly Marder says:

    I loved my uncle Bill very much. I hope he knows what a big impact his life, his smile, that twinkle-in-his-eye and raspy, deep voice meant to me and my sisters. He enjoyed favorite uncle status during all the times I was in his presence. I will mourn our lost years forever. Much love to Linda and the whole Foran family, Love Molly Hutton Marder

  2. Carolyn Moye-Bigelow says:

    Linda, Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers, please do not hesitate to call me if you would like, Even just to talk.
    Carolyn Moye-Bigelow

  3. Bonnie E Griffin says:

    Linda, I am so sorry, Bill fought a long and tough battle. He will truly be missed. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family. If we can do anything please let us know.
    Bonnine Griffin
    SGC

  4. John Cullum says:

    Bill was a fine gentleman. Any time I was with him there was laughter. Any one who ever met him is better for the experience. My sympathies to Linda, Michael, and all of the Foran family.

  5. Darlene Clark says:

    Linda, You already know how I feel about you & Bill. You have a special place in my heart. Love and commitment like you & Bill shared is so special. I’m here for you. May God give you a peace that surpasses any understanding.

  6. Irene Miltiades Purdy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this sad time. Billy was so very special to my Toby! May his memory be eternal . With my deepest sympathy and love, Irene Miltiades Purdy

  7. Beth Kinstler says:

    Linda, I wanted to send a condolence card to you but I didn’t have an address. I am terribly sorry about Bill’s death two weeks ago, but now that I know what he was dealing with (and you, too) I am grateful that he had you by his side for the long good by.

    I hope that he is at peace and that you can take some deep breathes and remember him with love and devotion for the remainder of your time here.

    Take care and be well. With fond remembrances of both of you, Beth

  8. Rhonda Martinez says:

    Bill was one of the strong men I know. I have known him and his wife for a very long time. I am their personal housekeeper and friend. Before Bills illness, he had my son so odd jobs for him at his Tybee home. My son , Bruce always liked spending time with him. It was a Blessing to know him. When I would show up weekly, to do my job, Bill always had a smile and a positive outlook. I admired his strength. He will be greatly missed, but now my dedication is to his beautiful wife Linda in helping her with whatever comes her way. Blessings to this family!!

  9. Marie Green Bryant says:

    Eileen, Deepest sympathy on the death of your brother. He and my brother were BC Classmates.

  10. John Caramanica says:

    I went to school with Bill at Saint Bernard College. My remembrance of Bill was the fact that he looked quite collegiate every single day. Always had a smile and was always glad to see everyone. I was able to visit Bill a few years ago in Savannah he still had that great smile and his wife Linda was by his side all the time.God bless you Bill. My condolences to Linda and the rest of the remaining family.

  11. Tricia Alderman says:

    I will miss his smile — every time I entered your home his smile would light up the room — Linda I can’t say this enough you and Bill enriched my life — my thoughts and prayers are with you — Tricia

  12. Lynette Love says:

    Linda, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was truly a bright spot among the SHS faculty, with his easy manner, intelligence, and great sense of humor. He and my husband, Ron, shared many laughs during their tenure at SHS. He was appreciated and will be missed by all who knew him.

  13. Diana Morrison says:

    Linda, Thinking of you and so proud of your dedication to Bil these last years.

  14. JOHN MELL says:

    MAY GOD BLESS THE FORAN FAMILY AND MAY HE RIP THE MELL FAMILY

  15. DENNIS says:

    GOD BLESS BILL AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE UNTIL THAT
    PROMISED DAY IN WHICH WE ARE MADE WHOLE.

  16. James Blackburn III says:

    I can recall as a child always enjoying the conversations and the lessons I got from Billy. He will be missed.

  17. Dvora Gottlieb says:

    Goodbye, with love and respect, to my smart, funny and quite brave friend. It was an honor to know you and to spend time with you and Linda.

  18. Alan Roach says:

    Those lucky friends of Billy have many stories & humorous events to recount .At his best in salty environments,accompanied with a beer ,he was a hoot !Miss you !

  19. Lyn Randall says:

    Bill was one of the first people I met when Savannah High ALMOST hired me. Those Friday happy hours were great fun (and just about all the guys were named Bill)! My condolences to Linda. Y’all have had a long, slow goodbye.

  20. Paul Weber says:

    Bill and I have been friends since 1st grade at Blessed Sacrament. God Bless you My Friend!

  21. Sharon Sellers says:

    Dear Linda, (& family)
    I am very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man
    Bill was. You two complimented each other in
    So many ways. I have such fond memories of
    The two of you together. God blessed each of you
    When he brought you two together.
    I know Bill fought the good fight.
    Love you
    Sharon

  22. Joy Wainwright says:

    Deepest condolences to the Foran family for this tremendous loss.

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