REV. DR. PAUL R. COLEMAN(1921 - 2014)

Age 92, of Gibsonia, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, while under the care of St. Barnabas in Gibsonia. Born June 1, 1921, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late James L. and Elizabeth (Maier) Coleman, Sr. Paul was a proud U.S. Army Chaplain in Italy during World War II, serving from 1945 until 1947. He was a 1938 graduate of Perry High school, and went on to receive his A.B. degree from Monmouth College in IL, his B.D. degree from the former Pittsburgh Xenia Seminary, his master's degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School, and finally, earned his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Pittsburgh. Paul was ordained a Presbyterian Minister in Monessen, and served at the First Presbyterian Church for six months. He was fondly known as the "Tootsie Roll Minister" to many people because of his never-ending supply of the chocolate candy that he gave to nearly everyone he met. He was the Assistant Minister for Beverly Heights United Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, and was a founder of the Christ Church United Presbyterian in Youngstown, OH, where he served until his retirement in 1986 and was named "pastor emeritus". Paul was the chairman of the committee for the Eastminster Presbytery and also served churches in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery as an interim minister. He was a member of the Corinthian 573 F & AM Lodge in Millvale. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Rosemarie (Favorite) Coleman of Gibsonia; his sister, Grace Gould of Richmond, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James Coleman, Jr., Wray Coleman and Jack Coleman. A Graveside Service will be held for Paul privately by his family in the Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 324 E. Grandview Avenue, Zelienople. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Paul's family at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 4, 2014