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October 04, 2015

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July 5, 2014
I had the honor and pleasure of an acquaintance with John and Martha through my friends Don and Betty. John impressed me with his unquestioning generosity toward anyone who needed a hand-- just a natural kindness he leavened with a good sharp sense of humor. What a loss to this poor world.
June 19, 2014
We did not know John well but we do know his son Brian well. Brian is a reflection of his dad. A friendly, joyful man who always had a smile on his face and a story to share. He loved sports just like his son Brian. Obviously John was an excellent Father which is evidenced by his son Brian who will now continue the legacy. Our condolences to the whole family who had such a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. Our hearts go out to you but we also know that he is in heaven and wants to share eternity with you as well.
June 18, 2014
Thinking of John Coleman
For 27 years, since we moved in across the street, John has been the best neighbor one could hope for and a great friend to all in our family. When our roof leaked during our first year here, John immediately arrived with ladder, tarps, and boards, and kept us dry until a new roof could be installed.

Since then he has helped us out in innumerable ways with his truck, his handyman skills, his eagerness to collect mail when we were away, etc. etc.

We attended a great many basketball games together—at USF, St. Mary's, and the San Francisco Pro-Am Summer Rec League. It was not uncommon for old friends at these games to stop and chat with John. His knowledge of the three major sports was formidable—not just the anecdotes and history but tactics and strategy. His analysis of games was invariably astute and sensible. I came to believe that the coaching staffs of the local professional baseball, football, and basketball teams would genuinely benefit from his breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses as well as his suggestions for improvement.

A couple of years ago, John and I attended an event in Mill Valley featuring Al Attles, the former Golden State Warriors player and coach of the 1974-75 NBA champions. After the talk, we spoke with Coach Attles in the lobby. John recounted a time at the JCC when Attles was conducting a clinic for youth basketball. One team had been short a player and John filled in. Attles embraced him warmly and responded that he did, indeed, recall that day, adding that if he'd had shooters as accurate as John his coaching days would have been easier and more successful.

After years of speaking and being with John several times a week—about an array of topics besides sports—it is painful, to say the least, to contemplate the void left by his absence. He was a giant part of our lives. We will miss immeasurably, but will always be grateful for the generosity, the good fellowship, and the light he brought us.

Betty would like to say - in addition to what Don has said -

I loved John - his fiery temperament railing about the impertinence of sheriffs stopping him for driving citations by the Civic Center combined with the soft caring man who steadfastly picked up produce from Farmer John to take to the retirement home or helped neighbors in many capacities.

Most of us know that he was a talker and easily riled up about pet topics. I can relate to those traits. Sometimes he stopped me when I had just pulled into our driveway and bent my ear about a particular play in a game and go into lots more detail than I could follow. Love how he'd say things like: "Remember so ‘n so in the Pac Finals of 72..." and I'd say, "No, I'm not really into sports." and he'd go on and on and on. Sometimes we'd hear a knock on the door and he'd wanna talk with Don about upsetting events in particular sports games. Love that passion!

We traded tips on gardening. I remember him being mystified the year I planted tomatoes early and they thrived. Then he decided the black weed barrier had warmed the soil and we both learned from that. I remember him giving us some incredible-tasting heirloom tomatoes.

I'm so grateful he and I had a nice relaxed sit down in his back yard looking at his garden a little while back. I'm so grateful to have had him be a huge part of our family's life and will miss him sorely.

Donald Johns & Betty Rappaport
June 16, 2014
Dear Aunt Martha and cousins Chris, Colleen, Brian and Teresa,
Antonio and I fondly remember Uncle John helping his brother Tom put in a tough shed for us in our first house in Sacramento. We hope your memories of him comfort you as you grieve this loss. We hope to see you at the funeral service. Love, Brady and Antonio Torres
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