Youth baseball in West County has lost another influential figure with the death Jan. 15 of Robert Foreman, who was president and driving force of the San Pablo Baseball Association for 30 years.
Foreman, who succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer, was 60.
A memorial service for Coach Bob will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Hilltop Community Church, 3118 Shane Drive in Richmond.
"He was very dedicated," said friend Andre Williams, one of many who benefited from Foreman's guidance.
The San Pablo Baseball Association is the oldest youth baseball organization in West County and for many years it was Foreman who kept it going, convincing kids to put in the time playing and practicing, adults to coach and San Pablo to keep the field at Davis Park in a ready state.
Registration for the next SPBA season is under way (call 510-986-9220 for details), but the baseball organization will have some big shoes to fill.
"He dedicated his life to youth baseball and football. And he was so good for the community other than sports, as part of being a friend and mentor to people from every walk of life," Williams said.
Foreman, a 1970 graduate of Kennedy High in Richmond, was also the junior midgets division head coach for West County Spartans Youth Football.
In his day job Foreman was a welder who retired from Certainty Corporation in 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Foreman, and four sons and one daughter. One son preceded him in death.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Author and psychotherapist David Richo will discuss the "Importance of Being an Adult in Faith and Spirituality" from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. in Berkeley. The event includes a question-and-answer session and reception with Richo, whose new book examines the need for adapting and maintaining spirituality as people grow into adulthood rather than losing that aspect of their lives. Admission is $15 and tickets and details are available at http://gracenorth-church.eventbrite.com.
The exhibition, which runs through March 8, is a self-guided tour of more than 50 local artists, including 2012 Jan Hart Schuyers Awards winners Latisha Baker, Stephen Bruce and King.
The center (www.therichmondartcenter.org) is holding an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and artist panel discussions from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16.
A satellite exhibition of TAOLB runs through Feb. 12 at the San Pablo Art Gallery, 13831 San Pablo Ave., and features works by Tomye, Joseph Robinson, Angela Allen Simms and TheArthur Wright.
The exhibit includes historic documents and photographs, architectural drawings, correspondence, illustrations, scrapbooks, and brochures.
Next up for the program will be the annual jazz night at Yoshi's Club in Oakland in March.
More than 60 volunteers turned out that day to do needed work at the El Cerrito Library.
LOVE THAT CRAZY CRAB: The sixth annual Rotary Club of Richmond all you can eat crab feed is on Feb. 2 in the cafeteria at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave. in Richmond. Tickets are $40 each, available in advance only from Erle Brown, 510-233-6291.