Peaceful 09

John Robert Foster

September 2, 1946 ~ September 5, 2022 (age 76)


On Monday, September 5, 2022, John Robert Foster departed this earthly life, entering into his heavenly, eternal resting place.

John Foster, affectionately known as “Bobby”, was born on September 2, 1946, to the late Johnnie Mae (Cato) Foster and the late Robert B. Foster. He would be the fourth of ten children. He was preceded in death by his beloved oldest sister, Sadie L. (Foster) Jackson and beloved oldest brother, James M. Foster.

John professed his life to Christ at an early age. He was baptized at Mooncrest Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing with the Youth Choir. He would later unite with St. Matthews A.M.E. Zion Church, under the leadership of Pastor William B. Rankin. He attended regularly until his health declined.

At an early age, he began delivering the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper and Jet and Ebony Magazines in the Mooncrest neighborhood. He later would become a caddie and learn the game of golf at Sewickley Golf Course. 

John was an Honor graduate of Moon High School, Class of 1964. He excelled academically and athletically. He continued his studies at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, and, on December 16,1967, he was initiated into the Psi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was also active in the Army ROTC program at Youngstown State, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State in 1968. John served as a manager for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority, and later as an employee of The American Red Cross, specializing in blood drives.

 John leaves to mourn his sisters, C. Elaine Arrington, Kenosha, WI; Mary E. Ammon (Gary), Bala Cynwyd, PA; Linda Henderson, Evansville, IN; Patricia Washington, Pittsburgh, PA; his brothers, Jeffrey T. Foster, Chandler, AZ; Mark A. Foster, Pittsburgh, PA; and Jason M. (Viva) Foster, M.D., Omaha, NE; and a host of his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at noon on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Coraopolis Cemetery, 1121 Main Street in Coraopolis, PA 15108. A repast will be held after the service at St. Matthews A.M.E Zion Church at 345 Thorn St. in Sewickley, PA 15143. Arrangements entrusted to R. D. Copeland, Ltd., Coraopolis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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Graveside Service
September 17, 2022

12:00 PM
Coraopolis Cemetery
Main and Woodlawn
Coraopolis, PA 15108

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