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October 18, 2013

James 'Jim' Coleman

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STAMFORD — James “Jim” Coleman, 62, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his home in Stamford.

A beloved father of three, he was born in Harrisburg, Pa., a son of Annie C. Schlegel Coleman of Gratz, Pa., and the late Robert R. Coleman.

He is survived by one son, Charles E. Coleman of Rocklin, Calif.; two daughters, Christine C. Miles of Los Angeles, Calif., and Sarah M. Coleman of Stamford; two grandchildren; and one brother, Thomas W. Coleman of Winston-Salem, N.Ca.

Jim’s family lived in the Gratz, Pa., area until 1966, when they relocated to Stamford. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Stamford Central High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College.

As a teen in the 1960s, he reveled in the spirit of free expression and protest. In later years he disdained Microsoft and promoted Linux as a bastion of freedom with his computer business, the Long Count Cab Company.

A lifelong gun enthusiast, Jim enjoyed daily target practice in the basement with a BB gun, shot skeet weekly, and was an avid member of the Stamford Rod and Gun Club and the Oneonta Sportsmen’s Club.

He was also an avid motorcyclist, and for many years his full dress Harley-Davidson motorcycle was his most prized possession.

Music was always a big part of Jim’s life. He loved both rock and classical music, rarely missing a Friends of Music concert at Stamford’s “old Rexmere Hotel” (now the Frank W. Cyr Center). He played the saxophone during his school days, and later the guitar and keyboard. The band he played with in his high school days is remembered fondly by many.

Jim also enjoyed reading widely varied philosophical perspectives. He was a frequent writer of letters and loved passing around inspirational cartoon jokes. He devoured current events online but avoided TV news with its political slants, connecting many behind-the-scenes dots that mainstream press analysis often missed.

He worked for the New York Power Authority for many years, working his way up from warehouse clerk to senior operator through self-directed studies and his usual calculated tenacity. The rotating shifts he worked for years influenced his life even in retirement, leading to his “night owl” tendencies and his infamous creed that “Nothing important happens before noon.”

A memorial service will be announced for late spring 2014.

Burial will be made in Union Cemetery in Gratz, Pa. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, Pa., is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences and remembrances can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.