Walter (Wally) Foreman

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May we take this opportunity of passing on to you, Lyn, and family, our sincerest condolences on the tragic passing of Wally.

Like countless others throughout the state and nation, Wally touched all our lives and although still grieving for the loss of my only brother under exactly the same cirumstances in June this year (aged 60), I cannot imagine how devastating your personal loss must be.

As a member of the Sports Advisory Board which nurtured the inauguration of WAIS, I am grateful for having had the brief opportunity to work with Wally and be part of that group which saw the escalation of Wally's wonderful journey of devoted contribution to elite sport.

Similarly, my husband, Alex, representing shooting associations, was fortunate to be associated with Wally in his capacities with the Sports Federation, Olympic and Commonwealth Games committees.

(Just to keep it in the family, even our daughter, Jodi, was coached by you for a brief period when she and Sarah Jamieson first represented the State.)

Like everyone who has ever worked with or listened to Wally, we feel we 'knew' him and consider him to be part of our lives.

The legacy of Wally will live forever in the hearts and minds of everyone whose lives he touched, through the tireless effort he made to sport in this country but, most of all, for being such a great bloke.

Julie and Alex Aitken


Deepest Sympathy to Jill and Family,
We remember Wally coming to Wembley Downs Calisthenics Club to pick Jill up from training on many occasions. Even as a young man he was always destined for a successful future in sporting arenas. Condolences Jill to you and your Mum.
Sadly missed by us all, Irene & Jack Skroza


I met and worked with Wally in Vietnam in 1970 when he was an Artillery Forward Observer supporting our battalion 7RAR. I remember him as a very competent and helpful young officer, but also as a very friendly guy with a great sense of humour.  Our paths never crossed again, but I was aware of his career as a sports commentator and occasionally heard him on the radio or saw him on TV covering Olympic sporting events. I was saddened to hear of his death and to his family and friends I offer my sincere condolences.
John Heydon
Eagle Heights QLD


Words fail, Wally, while I struggle with the pain of loosing you. Life has changed forever. God bless.


He was there, as I had my first son.. When I cleaned the fridge, when I washed the car...

Thank you for sharing him with the world.


To the Foreman Family.

We knew Wally as our footy commentator on the weekends, he was to us fair and unbiased with his commentary, listening to the footy won’t be the same without hearing Wally’s voice.

Our deepest sympathy to you all, we can’t even imagine what losing Wally is to you all, we know what it means to us and we didn’t even know him personally.

Kindest regards

Julie and Ross Goodlet


Wally Foreman..a man of integrity...a gifted giftgiver to all esp.our youth. Sincere sympathy to his wife..children and his friends. Rest in peace and bring laughter and country music! to our friends above.

Sister Dolores Coffey.


Sincere condolences to the Foreman family.

I knew Wally from Fremantle Court where he was a bench clerk and I was the Court typist. He stands out in my memory as he used to walk around the office singing his favourite tune.

Beryl Finn


Dear Lyn, Glen and Mark,

A note to say I am still in shock and disbelief about Wal. Went to the funeral and Wal would have been so proud of Glen and Mark, they are truely beautiful sons.

When Dennis Cometti said he understands how the boys feel now, I can also say that I lost my dad when I was 18 and I agree with Dennis that the pain lessens but the memory stays and will become their silent companion.

Lyn, God bless, take care.

Rochelle McDonald


My dear friend Lyn,

I was driving home yesterday when I first heard about Wally and that his funeral had been held in Perth during the day. My heart sank, I had no idea and I am so depply sorry to hear this very sad new.

He was a much loved man my friend and made a significant contribution not only to sport in this country but to the community in general and his presence will be missed.

I send you love and many hugs.

Jackie Byrnes


To Lyn and Family,

Sincerest condolances on the very sudden and extremely sad loss of Wally. I am just one of thousands of people deeply touched by his passing. Australia and in particular WA will be a poorer place for not having Wal in it anymore. I listened to the ABC broadcast of todays' ceremony and I was so impressed with the Wals' two sons - He would have been so proud.

RIP Wally - You are deeply missed

Sharon - Forrestfield


Our deepest sympathy to Lyn and family on your loss.

From the Management and Staff of 6IX Perth


To the Foreman Family

You do not know me however I just wish to extend my deepest sympathy to each and every member of your family. I often heard Wally on radio or viewed him on T.V. and marveled at his wealth of knowledge and wonderful ability to convey all he knew making whatever sport it was so very captivating . His natural manner was most endearing and his loss will leave a such a void, and so I felt that I would just like you to now my heart goes out to you all.

Sincere thoughts

Margaret Piesse/Nedlands W.A.


Dearest Lyn and boys,

Words are never enough in these times of sadness.
Just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wally will be sadly missed but always remembered!

Les and Shelley Fong


My condolences go out to the Foreman Family at this time.

My Saturday morning ritual of listening to 'Sports Talk' will no longer be the same without Wally's magical voice and wonderful sense of humour! I loved listening to Wally each Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed his fantastic football commentary. I will always treasure Wally for his wealth of sporting information, his unbiased approach to commentary, his humour and the way in which he expressed himself so well.

I will never forget his radio on air fit of laughter that lasted for numerous minutes a few year ago - I didn't even know what he was laughing about but his own laugh was so infectious!

Wally came across as such a down to earth man and with such a passion for all Sports in Australia. Importantly, I will remember him as a wonderful advocate for all Western Australian athletes.

He was truly a wonderful ambassador for Western Australian. I am really going to miss Wally Foreman, he was and will, remain as my favourite Sporting Commentator.

Rest in Peace
Kylie James
Maylands, Western Australia



It is a pleasure to have known and listened to you for all these years. I always respected you because you fought so hard for what you thought was right. Your assistance to so many in the sporting area is an inspiration to all. My deepest sympathy to Lyn and your boys and extended family. Simply a great bloke gone to play our game in heaven

Tony Harvey


Deepest sympathies to Mrs Foreman & family. We didn’t know Wally but thought of him as a friend.
From 2 pensioners

Keith Ellis & Vic Philpott

God Bless.


Our heartfelt sympathy to Lyn, boys and Mr Foreman on the shock loss of their loving husband, father and son Wally. In 1980 we spent an enjoyable evening with Wally in Bruce Rock at a Sportsman's night. We all listened to Wally on the ABC and loved his commentary. We will miss him and his excellent sports talk and knowledge. Will always remember Wally fondly.
Kindest thoughts to you all.

McGill Family


To all of Wally's family and workmates at the ABC

My name is Alex Northcott and i travel around Western Australia visiting major clients. Over the years i have listened to Wal's sport segments and calls on weekdays and weekends. I feel that i have lost an enjoyment that i looked forward to. My deepest sympathy goes out to you all and i will remember Wal fondly for ever.

Kind Regards
Alex Northcott


Our heartfelt sorrow is extended to Lyn and her sons for the tragic loss of their husband and father Wally. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Lyn, and we hope that your friends love and support can ease your painful burden.

Rosemary Donovan, your athletes Laura and Beth Melis, and the whole family.


Our Deepest Sympathy to Lyn and family in the very sad loss of Wally. We only new him from Radio and sports commentating but he was the greatest. Our love and thoughts are with you all.

Love Richard and Julie French


Deepest sympathy to the Foreman Family. Although we never met it was as if Wally was always part of our lives. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

The Lee Family


Heartfelt sympathy to Lyn, Glen, Mark, Sandra, Jill ( who taught at St Mary's when I was there ) and Mr Foreman.

I live in the country now and listen to the ABC all the time and I really related to Wally with his aversion to technology and his love of all sports. I have 4 sons and football rules in the house. Wally taught me the ' lingo ' so now I am scribe co-ordinator for the junior football notes in the local newsletter! He professed, on more than one occasion, of his love for Lyn and through her sacrifices he was able to be rewarded with a knighthood. Liam would joke about Sir Wally and he would reply that it was his family that deserved the knighthood. I hope it is a comfort for you knowing that so many people's lives were touched by Wally.

Jill Dykes ( nee Trembath)


Deepest sympathy to Lyn and boys. Xmas night at the Weston’s will not be the same without you. We will miss your sense of humour and wit. Thanks for the memories of great times, you’ll be sadly missed.

Shaun & Tanya McKeon


Sincere sympathies to all the family, I can't think of a greater loss.

Sandra Wall


The ABC will never be the same without you Wally. I always looked forward to your comments, particularly on football, with great interest as you were always fair and unbiased. Also enjoyed your great commentaries of WAFL and AFL games.

Deepest sympathy to all the family.

Rest in peace Wally.

Kay Middleton


I don't even know Wally but I feel I do. He touched all who are interested in sport. He did so much for Western Australia and I thank him. So much sympathy to his wife and family on the passing of a legend.

Helen Roatch.


Lyn, Glenn and Mark, our hearts go out to you at this very sad time. Please know that the support and love of family and friends and even all of us you don't know will give you all the strength to cope. You mean so much to so many.

Wally is missed by people who never met him, kids who knew of him, including our son who knows that without Wally and you athletics and sport would not be what it is today in WA. Thank you so much. We are forever in his debt and we will never forget him.

Phil, Brendan, Shona and Eoghan


My Sincere Sympathy is extended to loving wife and sons on your great loss.

I have not had the privilage to know any of you but have been listening to Wally broadcasting sport since he first started, all west Australians are proud of him as a person of great tallent in his chosen career and a genuine caring person with a great sense of decency and a fair go for all.

May God give you Lyn, Mark and Glen comfort at this sad time, the tributes pouring in for Wally show the great esteem he was held in by all. 

Will be sadly missed from all sporting broadcasting, it won't be the same listening without Wally.

Kind thoughts,
Terry Biglin


Our thoughts are with you Lyn at this sad time . It only seems like the other day when we had several drinks with yourself, Wally Colleen, Graham Kevin and myself and laughed the night away. A true gentlemen and will always be remembered for his wealth of knowledge and his sense of humour.

Leanne Lynch, Kevin Walden Geraldton


We will miss your friendly voice on the ABC.
Condolences to the family

John & Faye Thatcher


To the Foreman Family

You do not know me however I just wish to extend my deepest sympathy to each and every member of your family. I often heard Wally on radio or viewed him on T.V. and marveled at his wealth of knowledge and wonderful ability to convey all he knew making whatever sport it was so very captivating . His natural manner was most endearing and his loss will leave a such a void, and so I felt that I would just like you to now my heart goes out to you all.

Sincere thoughts
Margaret Piesse/Nedlands W.A.


Lyn, Glen & Mark,

Deepest sympathy to you at this very sad time. Wally was a top bloke and friend to us. I am glad I got to have a chat with him at cricket on Sunday.

That I will greatly miss

Jeremy, Lesley, Andrew & Emma Darling


Deepest sympathy to Lyn and the boys at this difficult time.

Graeme S. UWAAAC

The Successful Man

“ To laugh often and love much,
to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics…
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to give of one’s self;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to have played often and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
to have known even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.”

Ralph ( Waldo ) Emerson.


The news of Wally’s passing was a great shock to us all. The many who shared an evening with him at the WAIS dinner would have no idea that a week later he would not be with us. I have had the pleasure of knowing Wally through his long involvement and support of Hockey. I know he will be sadly missed and WA will be the poorer for loosing a great ambassador for sport. My deepest condolences to Lyn and family. May he rest in peace.

Kind regards
Jean Schonberg


My sincere condolences to Lyn & boys.

Like many others I never met Wally, but shared every weekend with him in my home, garden or whilst taking the dog for a walk.

I had so many laughs over the years listening to Wally and will always remember him, there will never be a better broadcaster.

Best wishes Mary Pike


All Officers and Members of The National Servicemen's Association of Australia, Western Australian Branch Inc. extend their deepest sympathy to Lyn and the family on the passing of Wally. His contribution to the Western Australian community was extraordinary. Although not one of our Members, we salute Wally as a "Fellow Nasho". D. Casey, President. B. Prangnell, Secretary.


If there is any way we can be of assistance, please let us know. As a "Nasho", Wally was entitled to apply for "The Australian Defence Medal" and "The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal". They can still be applied for posthumously. We have the necessary Application Forms available. B. Prangnell, 19 Brailsford Way, Butler, 6036. Phone 9562 1502.


It came as a tremendous shock to hear of Wally’s passing & his many achievements in Broadcasting were acknowledged at a reunion of television staffers, held to recognize the 50th Anniversary of Television in this State, last Friday. I did not personally work with Wally even though this is my 45th year in TV, however I did have the pleasure of making a Town & Country commercial with Lyn, many years ago! Well a few years ago!!

To Lyn & Wally’s family goes my sincerest Sympathy on your very sad loss.

From Pedro Dunn, Channel 9 Perth.


To Lyn, Glen, Mark & Families

Our Thoughts are with you all on the sudden death of Wally. He was held in high esteem, as a Dad, Coach, Umpire & Runner.

Parents and players enjoyed Wally’s influence & encouragement around the club.

Wally will be sorely missed by all at the Carine Junior Football Club.


Dearest Lynn, Glenn and Mark
We never met though I fell I know you as Wally used to always talk so fondly and lovingly of his family. I had the pleasure of working with and chatting with Wally here and there over the years and we shared a coffee or two at the comm games cafe in melb this year. Last time I saw him was in the chaos of the afl finals at subi oval this year and we hugged, said hi and said we must catch up soon. Sadly, we never got the chance but I wanted you all to know that I feel so very sad for your loss and so very sad that Wally has left us so soon - he is one of those rare people who touches your heart even in occasional meetings - you should all be very proud of him and should hold your heads and hearts as high as you can as you move ahead knowing that your lives were richer for having shared them with such a beautiful man...... may you be strong in the days, months and years to come. I wish you every good wish and happiness.
Kindest regards

Carole Kerr


Dear Sandy, Lew and families
Thinking of you all. May the many wonderful memories that you all shared together bring you strength in the days ahead.

A big hug from Steven and Sera.