Vale – Jon Foreman

IT was with great sadness that LERA (UK) learned of the death of Jon Foreman on 26th March 2022. He died peacefully at home with wife Claire, daughter Harriet and son Laurence at his bedside.

A member for over 10 years, Jon regularly turned out for club shoots and CSR competitions and was a member of several prize-winning LERA teams in the Falling Plates and Methuen events. He helped several LERA members get fully involved with historic shooting.

A brilliant mathematician and engineer, Jon worked as a naval architect for Vickers in Barrow, then joined BT Marine before helping found ETA in 1995, a company specialising in subsea engineering and cabling. He designed and built engineering kit used in deep waters around the world, leading to ETA twice receiving The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Away from work, Jon was a highly experienced yacht racer who sailed in many parts of the world, an expert cook, a Scout leader, an outdoorsman with a passion for adventure (he explored jungles with Ray Mears), an opera singer, and an inveterate tinkerer.

Several LERA members attended his funeral where his widow Claire recounted how Jon lived life to the full, always imbued with enthusiasm, humour, affability, helpfulness and consideration

Jon’s contribution to our sport is commemorated through the annual “Jon Foreman Trophy for SMLE Excellence” .