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Charles William "Bill" Coleman

1918 - 2016 Notice Condolences
Charles William "Bill" Coleman Notice

With heavy hearts and deep sadness, we mourn the loss of a Great man "Bill", 98 years old who passed peacefully on July 4, 2016 with family present. He was a beloved husband and best friend to his surviving wife, Mary Ruby Coleman, his Sweetheart for more than 73 years. Surviving him are his daughters Sally and Ken Driver; Nancy and Robert Francisco; Shirley Coleman; Peggy and Douglas Taylor and his late son John Patrick Coleman. There are 5 grandchildren: Joe Cotterino, Jennie Rodriguez, Sara Crooks, Carl Alan Wallin and Samuel Skye Taylor. Two great-grandchildren: Cecila Sayres and Connor Crooks and beloved cat Daisy. During the era of the depression and being the eldest of his two surviving siblings: Joan Parks and Robert and Clarice Coleman, Bill was very independent early on having a newspaper route, working as a caddie, boy scouts and pursuing his passion for athletics. He was a star basketball player in High School, an amazing Diver and a dedicated golfer which became his passion and played until he was 93. Bill was a WWII Veteran serving in the Army Air Corps as a nose turret gunner in B-24 bombers. He owned the Arcade Soda Grill and was branch manager with Electrolux as well. Bill loved nature, enjoying camping with Mary from Alaska to Florida visiting all the National Parks and were volunteer Rangers at the Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows. His love for animals exposed his soft side with adopting strays who had the good fortune to have crossed his path. He religiously took his dog on walks looking for golf balls. Bill was very out going and had many cherished friends. He will sadly be missed. Funeral Service will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL on July 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Tax deductible donations to help homeless cats can be made in Bill's honor to www.catdepot.org (941-366-2404) or a . Rest in Peace Poppie, We were Blessed to share the journey. With Love Always in Our Hearts.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 7, 2016
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