He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Dolores of Cooperstown; their three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. “Skip” Coleman III and Laura, Carter F. Coleman and Katie, and Clifford S. Coleman and Colleen, all of Cooperstown. He is further survived by eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: Brandi and Ross Valvo and their two children, Amanda and Rich O’Hara and their child, Jill and Marc Giberson and their three children, Melissa and Dan Croft and their three children, Maegan and Scott Whiteman and their two children, McKenzie Coleman, Lindsay and Tim Hayes and their two children, and Clifford and Meagan Coleman Jr. and their two children. Also surviving is one sister and brother-in-law, Morganna and Michael Garbera of Richfield Springs; a sister-in-law, Betsy J. Snyder of Latham; and many many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Roger A. Coleman and his wife, Carol; and two sisters, Josephine C. Taugher and her husband, Stuart, and Jane A. Reich and her husband, Robert.
Friends may call and pay their respects to the Coleman family at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. A Firefighter Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. by members of the Cooperstown Fire Department.
A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, the Cooperstown Fire Department’s 1952 Mack Fire Truck will bear Chuck’s casket through the Village streets in procession, culminating with the Final Alarm at the Fire Hall on Chestnut Street.
As an alternative to flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Chuck to either the Cooperstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 2, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.