Richard E. Coleman
July 24, 1938 - October 27, 2011
Richard E. Coleman, loving husband, father and grandfather, lost his long-term struggle with heart disease Oct. 27, 2011 and returned to the Lord. He was born July 24, 1938 to Lawrence Coleman and Adele Heiderman of Buffalo, N.Y. After graduating from St. Joe’s Collegiate High School, he joined the Army Reserve and later graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in engineering.
He married his wife, Jean (nee Ulrich), Sept. 5, 1959. They celebrated 52 years of marriage prior to his passing. Richard and Jean had three sons who followed in his footsteps, all becoming engineers. Sons Nathan, Daniel, and Sean together blessed him with six grandchildren: Alexander, Emma, Andrew, Madison, Liam and Erin.
Mr. Coleman retired from National Fuel Gas NY as director of research and development after 36 years of faithful service. He served as national president of The American Society of Gas Engineers from 1982-83 and chairman of the New York Gas Group NY Search Committee from 1987-88.
In the tradition of his family roots from Cork, Ireland, Mr. Coleman was an avid sailor. He and his elder sons hand-built his first small sailboat. Eventually, he bought a British Havencraft and sailed on the Niagara River around his prior home of Grand Island, N.Y. with his youngest son.
Mr. Coleman also enjoyed trap and skeet shooting with the Bird Busters of Payson.
“We will miss Richard’s smile and the stories he told of an earlier and different time; stories of growing up in a big family during World War II and childhood adventures. We will always treasure and remember them in our hearts,” writes his family.
Surviving siblings include: Donald Coleman, Margaret Cody, David Coleman and Martha Coleman. He was preceded in passing by his brothers, Michael Coleman and Paul Coleman; sister, Kathleen Gielselman; and son, Daniel.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 South St. Phillips Street, Payson, Ariz.