Royce Foreman

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Royce Robert Michael Foreman, 18
GRAY - Royce Robert Michael Foreman of Gray, beloved son of Royce A. Foreman and Renee M. Conlogue Foreman, was born exactly at midnight on the evening/morning between August 1st and 2nd in 1999. He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. with his parents, brother Reid, aunts, uncle and cousin by his side. Royce was a graduate of Gray, New Gloucester High School (The Patriots) and was currently attending Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
Since kindergarten, Royce participated in all kinds of music and enrichment activities at Fiddlehead Center for the Arts and Sciences. Through the years, he was introduced and encouraged to develop his passions for music and theater. He played the saxophone with the middle school band and in high school, he developed an interest in playing the piano. He truly was gifted when it came to music. He was able to listen to a piece of music, write out the notes and play the song to amazement. He particularly loved songs from the 50's and 60's. One of his most favorite songs to play on the piano and sing was "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard.
Royce lived a very rich life filled with so much love. He was charismatic, a romantic, energetic and dynamic. He was devoted to his family, his friends and the communities of Gray and New Gloucester. After a trip to New York, thinking he may become star-struck with Broadway, it was a surprise to discover that, in his own words, "I'm just not a city boy. I don't like the noise or the smell of the city." For a country boy, he had an incredible sense of style and he had many of them. Whether it was the clean, cut 'preppy' look or sporting the earthy man bun, he always smelled wonderful because of his love of expensive cologne. He donated that man bun to the 'Locks of Love'. He was adventurous traveling to Costa Rica and Hawaii where he thoroughly enjoyed so many different kinds of foods.
As a GNG Patriot, he was the Vice President of his Class of 2017, a member of the National Honor Society and the President of the Global Patriot Society. He was captivated by his World Religions class and with his experiences participating in the Model UN Conferences where he truly developed his sense of self in relation to the world. These experiences helped to foster his passion for International Business and Global Studies. Royce's Guidance Counselor remarked, "He was a stand-out among his peers...brought great joy to all of his musical performances and the audience was lifted up, just by watching him. He was creative, articulate, intellectually curious and confident in his ideas."
Royce was blessed with the most wonderful friendships over the years at GNG. They truly had become his brothers and sisters. He loved to spend most of his time at his friends' houses, talking story, playing music, dancing and singing songs. His friends have shared that Royce was always one to make people feel better. He could instantly light up a room with his amazing sense of humor and his incredible smile. Royce had so much positive energy. He had a good heart, he was very compassionate, and he was a great friend. He was a beacon of light in so many people's lives.
In a short period of time, Royce had developed many, wonderful friendships at Washington College in Maryland. He participated in some amazing things during his brief stay. He was studying International Business and was very active in the theater program. He was one of the college's representatives for the National Model UN Conference held at Yale University in the fall and again for the Global Model UN Conference recently held in Panama.
Royce leaves behind so many family members and friends from Maine, to Hawaii and Alaska and beyond. The magnitude of our loss is immeasurable. He was loved tremendously and we will miss him terribly so. Royce left a lasting impression through his kind spirit, positive energy and loving presence. There is some comfort in knowing that he fulfilled his pledge to give the 'Gift of Life" to help others in need. In his memory, we hope people will make mindful decisions to make life joyous, and to be kind to ourselves and one another.
Our family would like to thank the communities of Gray and New Gloucester for all of their support in raising our kind, intelligent, young man and for the support that we have received during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the staff of Christiana Hospital for their outstanding professionalism and genuine kindness.
In Royce's own words from his college essay: "There is nothing I find more fulfilling than laughing through life and enjoying every last moment."
Royce's Celebration of Life will be held at Gray New Gloucester High School located at 10 Libby Hill Rd. on Sunday April 29, at 1:00 in the gymnasium. In honor of his vibrant personality and his love of the ARTS, the family suggests that vibrant colors be worn.

In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to the:
Royce R.M. Foreman
Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o the Cumberland County
Federal Credit Union
43 Lewiston Rd.
Gray, ME 04039

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 16, 2018
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