Harry Meade Coleman, aged 86, of Hancock's Bridge, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 29th, surrounded by his loving family.
He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Harry was born to the late Paul H. Coleman, Sr., and Viola G. Coleman (Girtain) in Hancock's Bridge, NJ. He grew up in a warm home alongside his siblings, Paul "Bud" Coleman and George "Pud" Coleman, all of whom preceded him. He was a devoted husband to his late wife, Brenda C. Coleman, whom he cherished for 48 years of marriage. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Kimberly Dickson Wright (Paul) of White Plains, MD, and Kristi Coleman (Frank Forbell) of Glassboro, NJ. His love extended to his granddaughter, Shayne R. Anderson, and his great-grandchildren, Xavier K. Anderson, Lana K. Anderson, and Alyvia E. Anderson. Harry's spirit and love will continue to shine brightly in their lives. Harry's journey was enriched by his service to his country. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961 and the Air Force Reserve from 1961 to 1963, embodying the values of duty and honor. After his military service, he dedicated over 30 years to Dupont Chambers Works as an instrument technician. After retiring from DuPont, Harry continued to contribute, contracting with multiple companies before finally retiring from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA in Thorofare, NJ, at the age of 78. But it was not just in his professional life where Harry left a mark.
He was deeply committed to his community and selflessly served in various roles in Lower Alloways Creek. Harry spent several years volunteering with the LAC Fire Company, LAC Rescue Squad and LAC Ruritan Club. He served on both the LAC School Board and LAC Township Committee for several years. His dedication to his home and its residents is a Testament to his character and desire to make a difference. His selflessness and willingness to serve embodied the essence of a true community leader. Harry will forever be remembered for his kind and gentle nature. He had a warm smile and a compassionate heart, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He cherished time spent with his family and friends, and his presence will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories that will be carried on by his surviving family members.
Harry Meade Coleman's life will be celebrated during a memorial service at 12:00 noon, in WOODSIDE FUNERAL HOME, located at 613 Salem-Quinton Rd, Salem, NJ 08079, (Quinton Twp.), on Wednesday, July 5th. Friends and family are invited to visit from 10 AM to 12 PM. Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Salem, NJ 08079.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Salem County Humane Society at North Game Creek Road, P.O. Box 214, Carney's Point, NJ 08069, or to Hancock's Bridge United Methodist Church at 50 Main Street, Hancock's Bridge, NJ.