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November 11, 2013

Charles A. Coleman Jr.


He eventually settled into a career as a printer, working as a pressman for The Freeman’s Journal, The Otsego Farmer, Lennon Litho in the Mohawk Valley and ultimately Barton-Butler Graphics in Cooperstown.

Not one to stay idle in his retirement, Chuck served in later years as a security guard at The Fenimore House and Museum, as well as a shuttle bus driver for Bassett Healthcare and The Otesaga.

A Cooperstown Native Son, Pappy truly loved his Village, and throughout the years served his fellow residents well in several capacities. At one time he was on the Village’s Watershed Committee and was also a Village Trustee for a period of time, for which he received special recognition from Otsego County.

He will especially be remembered for his devotion to the Cooperstown Fire Department, especially Mechanic’s Hook and Ladder Co. No. 5. He served that Company as Foreman and as Chief (1974 to 1976), and when the Company celebrated 110 years of service, he was co-chairman of the festivities. He also served two terms as President of the Department.

In his leisure, Chuck enjoyed spending time outdoors. He loved the water, and at various times in his life served as a National Aquatic Life Saving Instructor, a boating safety instructor, and was a counselor at Camp Ballou in Utica where he taught swimming and water safety. He also swam the length of his beloved Otsego Lake two times.

A hunter, he also liked to fish, especially on Otsego Lake. He was also an accomplished bowler, and in recognition of his pool playing skills, the Charles “Pappy” Coleman Pool Tournament is still a regular event during the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Most especially, Chuck loved family get-togethers.

Whether you called him Chuck or Pappy, his presence throughout the Village of Cooperstown will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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