Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 NAPLES, Fla. – David J. Coleman, Ph.D., 69, of Naples and Waterbury, died suddenly on April 8, 2011, in Florida. He was the husband of Barbara (Lange) Coleman.

Dr. Coleman was born on Dec. 10, 1941, in Waterbury, a son of the late James C. and Rita (Dougherty) Coleman, who were educators. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine. By 1962, he had earned his master’s degree in education, his sixth-year certificate and his administration certificate from the University of Bridgeport. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Hull in England in 1992.

Dr. Coleman started his teaching career in Shelton. He returned to Waterbury to teach economics when John F. Kennedy High School opened. He taught economics and social studies. He also was vice principal at both John F. Kennedy and Wilby High Schools.

Dr. Coleman leaves his wife; two sons, David J. Coleman of Ocean City, Md., and Patrick C. Coleman of Waterbury; a brother, Msgr. James G. Coleman, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury; and a grandchild, Jacob James Coleman, of Ocean City.

Msgr. Coleman celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on April 15 at SS. Peter & Paul Church. Burial followed in New St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Finbarr Church, 13520 Tamiani Trail East, Naples, FL 34114.