Mr. Allan Foreman passes
Allan was one of the first people that befriended us when we started coming to Ambergris.... a chunk is missing from my heart today.... patient, funny, i will miss him greatly.... early trips to the Blue Hole in broken funky boats, didn't phase him a bit. keep chugging.... Condolences to his family... Marty
It is with much regret that we announce the sad passing of Mr. Alan Foreman Sr. Mr. Foreman passed this morning at 8am whilst in his sleep. There will be a wake service held tonight at the Foreman Residence in San Pablo. Funeral services will be tomorrow September 27th at 11am. All family and friends are called to this announcement. The San Pedro Sun offers its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr. Alan Foreman.
San Pedro Sun
Here's an old story from the website.... written in 1998
Meet Mr. Alan Forman
Forman and other founders of the Caribbean Fishing Co-op
Mr. Allan Forman. Mr. Allan Forman was born and raised in San Pedro. He married
his wife Helen and had six children: Clive, Delsie, Norma Jean, Betty Anne,
Drury and Helen Anne. Mr. Allan Forman's parents were also originally from
San Pedro; his other was a Henkis and his father a Forman. His great grandfather
was born Belgian and his grandmother was East Indian.
Mr. Forman was at one time a fisherman, like most men in San Pedro during
that time, but he was also an ambitious business man. In 1969 he opened a
two room hotel next to his family home on Pescador Drive and called it Coral
Beach. Mr. Forman also constructed a small restaurant, and according to him,
it was the first restaurant in San Pedro.
"The tourism industry was young those days," Mr. Forman recalled. The tourists
that came to San Pedro ere a different type of tourist. They wanted a little
piece of paradise. They wanted San Pedro all to themselves and they didn't
want news about this paradise to spread."
A dive shop was constructed along with the hotel and restaurant and was managed
by Mr. Forman himself He was an outstanding diver and fondly re- recalls what
diving was like in the 60's. "We use to dive the same places people are diving
now. There were very few dive shops then and so the business was good. There
was about the same amount of divers diving now but we have so many dive shops
that the number of customers per dive shop seems far less than it was in the
In 1993 Mr. Forman was named a Platinum Pro 5000 diver by SCUBA School International.
The prestigious award is presented annually to an outstanding diver who completes
5000 dives. According to Mr. Forman, there are only two other men in Belize
who have been presented with the Platinum Pro award: Mr. Dave Benette and
Mr. Ray Bowers.
In 1981, The Tackle Box Bar was opened by the Forman family. This San Pedro
landmark was for years a monumental attraction. People
Who visited San Pedro had to visit The Tackle Box. Why? Well, maybe it had
to do with its location. The bar sat at the end of a pier facing the Belize
Barrier Reef and the lustrous Caribbean Sea. Or, maybe it had to do with great
service, delicious piña colada, and a fantastic atmosphere? Or perhaps,
it had to do with their famous aquarium. Below the front porch of the bar
was an enclosed aquarium where a dolphin, turtles, sharks, eels and a magnificent
array of fish lived. As a matter of fact, many people visited The Tackle Box
not to drink but to stare at the awesome creatures. One didn't have to travel
to Hol Chan or get wet in order get a glimpse of some of Belize's impressive
marine life. In 1993 the aquarium was destroyed and the fish found new homes.
The Tackle Box was sold in early June, 1998, to Mr. Giovanni Marin - a local
businessman and artist.
The Coral Beach Dive Shop is now a successlful 21 room establishment with
a restaurant and the dive shop. Mr. Forman no longer dives, and is looking
forward to retirement. He can be found most of the time in the lobby at the
Coral Beach Hotel talking with friends or at the dive shop lounging on the
Another good story here: //AmbergrisCaye.com/photogallery/100128.html
Here's the original website for Coral Beach ... //ambergriscaye.com/coralbeachORIG/